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post #1 of 4 Old Sep 23rd, 2013, 11:21 pm Thread Starter
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Smoke Damage

Heres an interesting question that I am seeking an answer for.
My beloved RT was in my garage when the clothes dryer and washing machine caught fire. Significant smoke damage to garage and parts of house and a fair bit of smoke on the bike. Dealing with the insurance guys they just told me to throw away all electrical tools and equipment as at some point the smokes corrosive qualities will corrode the electrics.

But what about my cycle? No one I have talked to is aware of the potential problems yet when I explain they all go "Hmmm, Good point" The smoke involved was mainly from plastics and oily cloths. It took a fair bit of elbow grease to clean the bike, and I havent gotten into the nooks and crannies yet

Any advice ? .
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post #2 of 4 Old Sep 24th, 2013, 7:29 am
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Re: Smoke Damage

Do you love your RT, or would you be happy for insurance to write it off if that was an option?
Have no clue about how caustic smoke might affect the bikes electricals, but if you'd be looking at a big loss on it then I'd be trying to clean it down and save it.
You'd think that with the amount of dust and dirt that gets onto and into bikes, and the fact that they're pretty water & dust-proof otherwise they wouldn't keep kicking over, that a bit of smoke might not do too much damage.

Guess I"d be more worried about it falling down a crack in the ground where you live...

stay safe neighbour!

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oh...no cracks down here. This is heaven. Moved over here from Sydney 36 years ago, doubt that I will return to OZ.
Yeah, you would think dust proof and waterproof should keep the electrics safe but smoke has some caustic stuff in it. Last thing I want is to be hitting the twisties in a year or so and suddenly finding my brakes have suddenly gone from having ABS and servo to ummm ....having nothing.
Trouble is no-one can give me a definitive answer. Oh well
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Re: Smoke Damage

I've got a son working in Wellywood... he loves it over there too.
Will have to do NZ on a bike one day.. that would be heaven.

Easy way to clean it out... put a wetty on and ride it through a car wash... keep it revved up...
be funny if nothing else

Hope someone can clue you in.... good luck with it!

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