Laying Up/Winter Storage

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ACF-50 provides anti-corrosion properties to metals, it can also be used to enhance the appearance of most surfaces including plastics,
knowing that as you wipe over the surfaces, any fixings/fasteners will be protected too.

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DaygloDavid wrote: I've often though about using Snow Foam, AYB use it to good effect for a deep clean, what make do you use & how do you apply it, thanks.

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Ooh, that looks a bit scarey for me David. All that water and soapy stuff possibly getting into places where it shouldn't. Still if you have had it done before it must be ok.
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Our Gee wrote:Ooh, that looks a bit scary for me David. All that water and soapy stuff possibly getting into places where it shouldn't. Still if you have had it done before it must be OK.
This will be the second year that I have had AYB treat my 2012 RT with ACF-50, they do warm air dry the Bike before applying the ACF-50 which in itself dispels moisture.

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The real trick here is the blow dry. I bought an airforce blaster a few years ago and its probably the best bit of kit for keeping corrosion at bay. Why ? Simply it gets rid of moisture. A clean dry bike won't corrode. However unless you store your bike in a heated garage then its going to attract moisture on those winter damp days and thats were ACF50 does its job to protect a stored bike. If you ride all year as I do then the blaster is great at getting the bike dry quickly after a quick wash. When its cold there is no natural evaporation. The airforce blaster produces a large volume of slightly warm filtered air which will not damage your bike. It gets water out of places which a drying cloth simply cannot do and its this water that can sit there and cause corrosion.
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+1 for the Air Forces Master Blaster great bit of kit, but watch you don't blow the water  deeper into those nooks and crannies.
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May I be so bold as to ask "C'est combien?" for the treatment, that is.
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Our Gee wrote:May I be so bold as to ask "C'est combien?" for the treatment, that is.
AYB charge £65 for the ACF-50 treatment, Teesside Bikers Forum members get a £5 discount off that price.

Unfortunately, the nearest franchised operator for AYB is Les in North Shields.

Therefore, it's either a trip North through the Tyne Tunnel, or arrange a Home Visit.

Any travelling expenses for Les would have to be added to the Treatment Costs.
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Just found offer from Bahnstormer Motorrad. Did anyone have used their treatment before? Would the Silver one be comparable with the one offered by AYB?
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AYB do not remove any panels, a question to ask Bahnstormer Motorrad would be, "what method of ACF-50 application do they use".

I would imaging removing the tank on an RT is a very time consuming task.

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Steve F wrote:I've just had my R12RT ACF treated by my local dealer (Dick Lovett). They matched the Jefferies (of which thanks for posting their link) price of £49.99. When I quizzed them re application etc, they stated that their workshop initially wash the bike thoroughly, dry off and then brush on the ACF liquid to ensure all relevant nooks and crannies are covered in the goo!
Application by misting/spraying with a lance wasn't an option from my dealer. Although that sounds like a thorough way of applying the goo, needless to say, fairing and panel removals would have to be undertaken (as earlier poster has illustrated). Mind you, how far do you really need to go when 'winterising' this bike? I was initially surprised when my dealer told me that they brush on the liquid goo, but thinking about it, provided that it's brushed on the exposed vulnerable metal surfaces, then that's what really matters, isn't it....?
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Im fortunate to ride all year round,  no need to winterize. 
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This topic reminds me of this amusing video made by Devon council many years ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-7b5l62f14 :)
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Removing the tank, especially from the stage shown in David's pictures is simple and quick. Maybe another 10 minutes at most. Although I would not attempt it with a full tank as David describes in his winter layup sceanario. The Fuel connections are quick and simple, then there are 4 screws, the front ones are slackened only then remain in place. Care is needed when repositioning in order not to pinch the Cruise Control cable.
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My RT had it's annual ACF-50 treatment yesterday, now all tucked up for the winter.
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Mine has been put away, clean and dry under a cover in a dry well ventilated unheated garage.  I will plug in the charger once s month for a day or so throughout the winter.  End of story
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Mine got a good ride out through the Surrey hills, down into Sussex yesterday.  Best winterisation I can think of!


Saw 3.5 degrees on the dash but with my Rukka suit, heated grips and seat I was toasty warm.  Didn't even need the heated jacket.



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