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Hi to everyone.

Firstly, a bit about me. Bryan, 38 and just got back into biking last September after 9 years without a bike. Bought myself a V Plate Triumph Sprint RS and wouldn't swap her for the world....what a bike! Lots of Grunt, no matter what gear, needs a bit of handling on corners but getting better now the weather is getting warmer and great for distance (well, normal journey to work is 79 miles if you class that as distance!)

Anyway, have read the 'New Members' threat and totally agree, no need for bad language etc etc etc. Here for nice things, not to rant and rave!

Finally some advice if anybody can give please:

My journey to work (twice a week) involves 50 miles on the motorway which has played havoc with my back tyre and am now after only 2000 miles or so since buying looking for a new tyre. Any advice on a good back tyre which is hard wearing enough to give me some motorway miles but will still keep me happy for the 29 miles of twisty (and yes, I have managed to get this tyre well scrubbed in all round!)

Secondly, as she's an oldish girl the paint work on the swingarm, front forks and engine casing is looking decidedly tatty, even with weekly washes and protective silicone sprays. What is the best thing to do to get these made to look good again and what is the average cost??? I am in UK by the way so shipping it out to US is not an option!!!! lol!!

Anyway, that's me. Many thanks for listening, hope to hear from someone soon with some good advice and will, when I get my act together post a picture of my pride and joy on here.

Bryan
 

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Hello and welcome Bryan

whereabouts in the UK?

The 'thing' I use to try and keep a newish bike 'up to spec' is ACF 50, plenty of UK places to buy, super stuff. I don' think it will bring stuff back to life (as in paint) but will sure help prevent anything else corroding.

Tyres, well there is plenty of choice and loads of threads - and a good few people with much better advice and expereince than me - so you should have plenty of info soon enough
 

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Welcome

Hi and welcome to the forum Born Again Bryan!:)

Thank you for reading the forum stickies already and for taking the time to introduce yourself.

The Sprint ST & RS handle very well in standard trim but as you say yours may need a freshen up in the suspender department, we have quite a few threads about that.

The front is softly sprung so one cheap option which helps a little in that area is heavier fork oil. Both Don and I use 15wt and about 10mm more than spec in volume.
I have had my rear std Showa shock rebuilt and revalved by a m/c suspension specialist and my '04 ST has very solid handling at all speeds.

Enjoy the forum and welcome back to bikes too:)

DaveM:cool:
 

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The 'thing' I use to try and keep a newish bike 'up to spec' is ACF 50, plenty of UK places to buy, super stuff. I don' think it will bring stuff back to life (as in paint) but will sure help prevent anything else corroding.
Seconded!!
 

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I'm now the ACF 50 guru:D:D:D
 

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Try cleaning the swingarm with WD-40.

A little bit of chainlube will make a real mess on that paint, and soap doesn't touch it. Cut it with the WD,, then put a good coat of wax on it.

The engine cases... I use a brass 'toothbrush' and either WD-40 or a spray-on engine cleaner. Cleans the aluminum nicely.

Front forks are a real pain. Unless you decide to sand them and paint them satin black, you have few options. The fix is to either chrome them, or have them powdercoated.

Or, find some Ohlins decals. I've been told their decals are so good, they alone make the front more responsive.
 

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Welcome to the fray Born Again Bryan!. No advice here, just a hearty welcome!!:)
 

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Thanks to all!!!

Just a quick reply to everybody to say thank you for getting back to me with your words of wisdom

ACF50 is definatley something I think I am going to go and look for, as for the paint......more thinking and costings to be done I think!

Admission time, it's pouring down with rain here in Manchester, so I cheated and brought the company van home last night instead! She will get some more attention next week when/if the weather improves!

Thanks to everybody again, it's nice to belong!:)

Bryan
 

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Hi Bryan,
Great choice of bike.
My first RS had a major case of paint flake from the swing arm and rear footpeg hangers, despite regular cleaning. My commute is 12 miles each way, 12 months of the year.
Solution - I had the affected parts powder coated satin black.
Result - looked fantastic.
Realisticly if you use your bike in all weathers in the UK winter it will be badly affected by road salt. Over 10 years of commuting by bike I've developed the following routine :-
1. End of October clean the bike carefully.
2. Oil/grease all external bits that need it.
3. Spray all bare metal parts (not brake discs) with AFC50. I find using a fine brush helps spread it around.
4. Spray the whole bike with Scottoil 365 solution (not brake discs). This is a salt inhibiter that neutralises the road salt. It's water soluable so needs to be reapplied after each wash/wet ride home. If you dont have the time to wash after each ride (like Me!!!) you can just repeat the spray on top of the crud. This builds up an extra layer of protection, if you've applied the first coat fully.
It wont fully beat the salt problem, but its the best way of slowing down the march of the corrosion.
Regards,
Martin
 
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