MOTORCYCLE CARE AND STORAGE
Care While the open design of a motorcycle reveals the attractiveness of the tech- nology, it also makes it more vulnera- ble. Rust and corrosion can develop even if high-quality components are used. A rusty exhaust pipe may go un- noticed on a car, however, it detracts from the overall appearance of a motorcycle. Frequent and proper care does not only comply with the terms of the warranty, but it will also keep your motorcycle looking good, extend its life and optimize its performance.
Cover the muffler outlets with plas- tic bags after the engine has cooled down.
Make sure that all caps and covers as well as all electrical couplers and connectors, including the spark plug caps, are tightly in- stalled.
Remove extremely stubborn dirt, like oil burnt onto the crankcase, with a degreasing agent and a brush, but never apply such prod- ucts onto seals, gaskets and wheel axles. Always rinse the dirt and degreaser off with water.
Avoid using strong acidic wheel cleaners, especially on spoked wheels. If such products are used on hard-to-remove dirt, do not leave the cleaner on the af- fected area any longer than in- structed. Also, thoroughly rinse the area off with water, immedi- ately dry it, and then apply a corrosion protection spray. Improper cleaning can damage windshields, cowlings, panels and other plastic parts. Use only a soft, clean cloth or sponge with mild detergent and water to clean plastic.