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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 08-24-2019, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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Exhaust pipe color - is this normal?

Hi all -
I am a brand new Street Twin owner and I’m absolutely loving the bike.

Question about the coloring of the exhaust pipes. How long should the beautiful bronze color last?

I live in Southern California by the coast (Long Beach area), so the air definitely has some salt in it. And I am seeing quite a bit of discoloration on pipes. Bike has about 5,500 miles on it.

Is what I am seeing here one of the following, or something else?

- Standard and expected corrosion from exposure to elements. Happens to everyone and I just need to learn to love it.
- Permanent damage from oils. Could have been avoided, but now I need to learn to love it.
- Corrosion that can be cleaned with proper solvent. I might be able to improve it.
- Bike running lean/hot. I need to get this checked out.

Thanks in advance for your input!
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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 08-24-2019, 09:32 PM
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Its not right and there is a problem with the header pipes, I live near the bay and get sea air and my header piper are good, I be putting in for replacements under warranty.

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- Standard and expected corrosion from exposure to elements. Happens to everyone.

A Thrux S has chrome pipes, easily polished out.

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- Standard and expected corrosion from exposure to elements. Happens to everyone.

A Thrux S has chrome pipes, easily polished out.
I have had bikes for 45 years and never had headers go like that yet.
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My XE headers look that colour after less than 1000 miles
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Itís not the norm but I have seen a few others (at the dealership where I used to work and still fill in from time to time) that have gone that way. Street Twins and Thruxton Rs. I actually recall talk of a number of complaints about early Thruxton R pipes discolouring. Maybe it was a particular batch of brushed headers. It doesnít look like the sort of blueing you get from excessive heat so Iíd say itís nothing to worry about. You could try to give them a polish with something like Blue Job but I doubt youíll get much change.
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Not sure if that's " normal" or not but it looks like crap. I would not be happy with that look and would address it, either warranty or ceramic coating.
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Not sure if that's " normal" or not but it looks like crap. I would not be happy with that look and would address it, either warranty or ceramic coating.
Have to say I agree. As I mentioned, there were some issues with Thruxton headers so certainly worth asking the question. Ceramic coating isn’t all that expensive as a fall back.

Edit. Just noticed the brake reservoir and no heel guard, and (I think) short mirror stems. Looks to be a ‘16 model so warranty may no longer be an option.

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That's the typical look for pipes made from Stainless Steel. If those headers are chrome(don't look like chrome to me) then that's not normal.
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if under warranty see if they will do new ones

aside from that you can try to clean them up make sure pipes are cool

use a rag with wd 40 and clean them a few times

try super fine steel wool- clean off any residue

use bar keepers friend powder with water and a sponge--I use on stainless pipe on my Ducati and it works awesome
just polish in direction of brushed finish or you could get swirls. Also have water nearby and quickly wash everything off--the bar keeper friend could stain other parts like engine cases etc
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