CAN A ‘BUD­GET’ BIKE RE­ALLY KEEP WIN­TER WOES AT BAY?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Mcn garage - Andy Downes Se­nior Reporter andy.downes@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com Miles 7995 MPG 48

The Tracer is a big seller and is the kind of bike that will hap­pily work through all sea­sons of rid­ing but just how well does a bike cost­ing just over £8000 re­ally hold up against win­ter?

Prepa­ra­tion for the colder, salt-laden months was helped by the stan­dard ad­justable screen and hand­guards and the Yamaha ac­ces­sory heated grips (£145), which are ex­cel­lent, good value and have three tem­per­a­ture set­tings.

Pro­tect­ing me from the cold was one thing, but fight­ing cor­ro­sion took more ef­fort. IÕM a huge fan of ACF-50 anti-cor­ro­sion treat­ment and have used it for years, but Iõve been try­ing a new prod­uct called XCP Rust Blocker (£14 for a 400ml can) which the mak­ers claim is pow­er­ful enough to fight off dam­age caused by salt.

The first step was to clean the bike be­fore ap­ply­ing the Rust Blocker ev­ery­where bar brak­ing sur­faces and tyres. The aerosol cans come with a long, bendy noz­zle for hard-to-reach ar­eas and it was easy to ap­ply. For two weeks I held my breath. To get a true idea of how good the treat­ment was IÕD only given the bike two rinses with a hose. It was a slightly nerve-rack­ing mo­ment when I treated the bike to an­other thor­ough clean.

The re­sults were amaz­ing. There was sim­ply no cor­ro­sion what­so­ever, even on parts such as banjo bolts, brake disc bolts, hose fit­tings, chain and sprock­ets or any of the en­gine parts. There were only two is­sues I could see. The first was with burn­ton residue on the stain­less ex­haust down­pipes (which could eas­ily be avoided by not spray­ing it on parts that get su­per-hot) but they came up per­fectly clean af­ter some ef­fort with a plas­tic pan scourer.

The other is­sue was not so easy to solve and came about be­cause the XCP leaves be­hind a slight tacky fin­ish, which is enough to cause small bits of road grit to stick to the bike. Un­der­neath, how­ever, the bike was ut­terly un­marked by cor­ro­sion.

Af­ter more than 1000 miles of win­ter rid­ing this year the Tracer held up well. Com­bined with the cor­ro­sion pro­tec­tion spray, the Yama­haõs win­ter per­for­mance sticks an­other feather in the cap of an al­ready ex­cel­lent all-rounder.

‘The re­sults were amaz­ing. There was no

cor­ro­sion’

Hard to be­lieve this bike has been rid­den

through win­ter

The down­pipes needed work but came up fine

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