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RonandJanet

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Disappointed In The Chroming
« on: August 04, 2019, 01:40:36 PM »

I was cleaning my bike and noticed that my rear wheel is really badly pitted, the side covers are slightly pitted and the rear mirrors just look like crap.  I had noticed the mirrors for awhile but the others snuck up on me. I usually clean the bike good once a year and I know and expect some of this but, really this sucks.  I am going to try to polish some of this out. I know I probably don't  wax it as much as most of you but I do enjoy riding it more than cleaning it. I moved to Jacksonville fl. in late 2017 so I wonder if that has caused more issues or is this just normal on the bikes now. The painted areas look great!  Anyway just venting a little. Still love this bike more than any other I have had!
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Re: Disappointed In The Chroming
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2019, 02:55:48 PM »

On the wheels, etc. salt & grime can cause pitting if left too long. Salt air in JAX as a culprit?

Good luck getting like you want it.
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Re: Disappointed In The Chroming
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2019, 03:14:58 PM »

I noticed some time ago my old 96 WG chrome is better than the newer bike. Just another cheapening of the Moco.
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Re: Disappointed In The Chroming
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2019, 06:16:42 PM »

Sorry, Ron but this one is on you. Any vehicle ridden or driven near the ocean or kept in a city like Jacksonville, Florida is subject to the salt air from the ocean and the chrome will corrode. I clean my bike and especially all the chrome anytime I ride near the ocean.  :nixweiss:
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Re: Disappointed In The Chroming
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2019, 08:50:10 PM »

Factor in brake dust is not kind to chrome
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Re: Disappointed In The Chroming
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2019, 09:57:13 PM »


Funny thing about blaming these things on salt air, it didn't used to be that way back when chrome plating was done properly.  I lived in Virginia Beach for about sixteen years (76-92), and had several vehicles and bikes over that time.  None of them had pitting or flaking chrome, and I did not keep them in hermetically sealed chambers.  The first two years I lived in an apartment with no garage and the bike and cars lived outdoors.  No issues with chrome.

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Re: Disappointed In The Chroming
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2019, 11:10:27 PM »

Only once a year to remove brake dust? I think you are doing good if the chrome isn't gone. Metallic particles in the damp humidity of Florida laying there on the chrome for any length of time...Your gonna have pitting.
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Re: Disappointed In The Chroming
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2019, 10:23:42 AM »

I have lived near the beach for the last 13 years and I wash my bikes and dry them as Greg says. Only my CVO has any pitting, really just the CVO mirrors. My old bike nothing. I agree with Jerry.
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Re: Disappointed In The Chroming
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2019, 06:12:55 PM »

Thanks for all the input.  I have been hear almost 2 years and the other 3 were in Atlanta.   I lived in Savannah for 9 years and never had this and I know I didn't always clean then either but the bike was a lot easier to clean.  I washed my bike pretty regular but it is almost impossible to get to the rear wheel so I put her up on a jack to clean her good. I just figure I don't do any different with my cars etc. and don't have any issues with the wheels, bumpers, etc.  due to brake dust or salt.  I am sure I can do better but didn't think I really had too!  Oh well i will polish her up and see how it goes.  Luckily you can't see the rear wheel anyway so i can focus on the other items more.  A little sad but still love to ride my girl Jessie!
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Re: Disappointed In The Chroming
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2019, 09:54:49 AM »

I also live in Jacksonville Fl, but have no issues with chrome pitting on any of my Harleys. Maybe you live closer to the ocean than I do. I do know the salt will cause you problems. Bike Week 93 I did ride on the beach in Daytona & didn't wash it for a few days & was left with a souvenir to remind me of the 1st Bike Week I went to. The transmission cover chrome is pitted, so now I wash the bikes  whenever I travel along the coast.
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Re: Disappointed In The Chroming
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2019, 04:34:37 PM »

As you said I have a reminder.  My 2010 CVO Convertible had some of the Chrome peel away but other than that this is the first time.   Thanks to all for letting me vent a little!   
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Re: Disappointed In The Chroming
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2019, 09:04:22 AM »

I was cleaning my bike and noticed that my rear wheel is really badly pitted, the side covers are slightly pitted and the rear mirrors just look like crap.  I had noticed the mirrors for awhile but the others snuck up on me. I usually clean the bike good once a year and I know and expect some of this but, really this sucks.  I am going to try to polish some of this out. I know I probably don't  wax it as much as most of you but I do enjoy riding it more than cleaning it. I moved to Jacksonville fl. in late 2017 so I wonder if that has caused more issues or is this just normal on the bikes now. The painted areas look great!  Anyway just venting a little. Still love this bike more than any other I have had!



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