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Vintage Motorcycle Maintenance Pro-Tip: Rust Prevention a Top Priority

Vintage motorcycles are experiencing something of a revival. According to The Journal of ClassicCars.com, classic car auctioneers reported remarkable sales this month, with one three-day auction leading to the sale of nearly $5 million in older model motorcycles – the most expensive going for more than $128,000. This is just one of a number of similar motorcycle auctions across the country that are increasingly well-attended. To protect their investment, new owners of vintage motorcycles should make rust prevention a top priority.

What is a Vintage Motorcycle?

Personal finance researchers at Value Penguin define antique motorcycles are those that are at least 35-years-old and yet maintain the appearance as intended when first built or manufactured. A vintage motorcycle is one that is at least 25-years-old. Classic motorcycles can be 25-years-old, though some insurers might consider a motorcycle as young as 20 years to be a “classic.”

These relics generally aren’t considered ideal for routine riding. However, some may be ridden on semi-regularly without significant problems – so long as they’re properly cleaned and stored.

Rust is Public Enemy No. 1 for Vintage Motorcycles

For any vintage or classic motorcycle, corrosion is perhaps the most significant foe. This is especially true of motorcycles built with many steel and aluminum components.

Rust develops anytime iron alloys meet oxygen and water or moisture. A bike that’s decades old has likely seen its share of those. In fact, if rust were a non-factor, we’d likely see an awful lot more of these on the road than we do. Those that survive only do so because they’ve either been restored or their owner has meticulously cared for them – sometimes both.

Almost all historic motorcycles are slow as it is. Operators must brake earlier. They don’t have the benefit of sleek, modern gear systems and wide, hard-grip rubber for rapid cornering. They’re already at something of a disadvantage. Safety concerns are never too far from mind. All these things make rust prevention a foremost concern.

For some riders, restoring a vintage bike to its former glory is part of the whole allure. But once you have put in the work, regular cleaning and maintenance is essential to ensure it stays pristine. Keep in mind that some of the worst motorcycle rust and corrosion occurs internally, in that you can’t clearly see – the gas tank,

Maintaining your motorcycle early and often can be a key factor in keeping your ride running smoothly for many more years to come.

Zerust Motorcycle Covers Offer Rust Prevention

One of the best rust prevention solutions for vintage motorcycle owners are Zerust Motorcycle Covers. These are perfect for seasonal storage of other motorcycles, but they can be especially valuable for those who want to keep their veteran vehicle in top shape.

Our covers have vapor corrosion inhibiting technology built directly into zip-up enclosures. Liners are water-resistant, corrosion-proof, mold-proof and keep your wheels from wearing out. When you take the bike out of the cover, the colorless, odorless vapors simply evaporate into the air. The protection lasts for at least five years from the date of purchase.

If you have questions about this and other rust prevention solutions for your vintage motorcycle, we can help.

Contact Zerust by emailing us or calling (330) 405-1965.

Additional Resources:

Massive week in vintage motorcycle auction sales, Aug. 17, 2020, By Mike Hanlon, NewAtlas.com

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