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New Owner here. Anyone tour in the winter?

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Hi all,

Collected my 'new' Tracer GT at the weekend - ex-demo with 800 miles on the clock, haven't had much chance to ride but loving it so far.

I bought it for touring and long weekends in the UK and Europe, having retired my trusty Fazer thou.

Does anyone else tour in the winter? I'm going for my fourth consecutive Dragon Rally in Snowdonia in three weeks time, so am excited to be putting some miles on the GT.

Does anyone have an opinion on the Givi or Puig touring handguards? They look pretty good but not sure how effective they'd be to keep the rain off. Up to now I have used Oxford muffs but absolutely hate em. I'm also considering a Yamaha top box too, and possibly a taller screen, but we'll see.

The other question is about keeping the bike looking nice and corrosion free - I have heard good things about XCP rust blocker, seems better rated than AC 50.

Cheers,

Colin

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In Canada we use a lot of salt on the roads in winter to melt the ice and keep the roads clear, so even if it's warm enough to ride, I never take my bike out while the roads are salted, and come spring, I wait for the a good rainfall to wash the salt away. 

There are a few windshield threads on this forum, some find the Puig almost perfect for touring, however it all depends on your size and your expectations. 

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1 hour ago, mingo said:

In Canada we use a lot of salt on the roads in winter to melt the ice and keep the roads clear, so even if it's warm enough to ride, I never take my bike out while the roads are salted, and come spring, I wait for the a good rainfall to wash the salt away. 

There are a few windshield threads on this forum, some find the Puig almost perfect for touring, however it all depends on your size and your expectations. 

Although the weather here is nowhere near as extreme as Canada, the roads are heavily gritted as well. I have always ridden in the winter and do like a few trips out as long as it's not torrential rain (too much!).

Thanks for the info, I'll have a look for the Puig comments.

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Hi clunkie66

I’m relatively new to the forum and just read your post. While the Tracer 900 GT has much to commend it, I have to mention that the bike has clearly been made to a price. Compared to its peers it’s incredible value but that is because there has been a lot of cost cutting. The worst is the finish.

As a lifelong lover of Hondas this was my first Yamaha and I can’t believe how terrible the rot is that has beset the finish of major components. I’ve only ridden it in winter a few times and the salt on British roads is ultra-corrosive,  but my Honda VTR1000 Firestorm which I owned for 17 years never succumbed like the GT. So please be diligent and continue to spray the bike with whatever corrosion inhibitors you can get your hands on. It’s shocking how my bike has simply rotted before my eyes. 

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On 6/1/2020 at 4:04 PM, Paddy01 said:

Hi clunkie66

I’m relatively new to the forum and just read your post. While the Tracer 900 GT has much to commend it, I have to mention that the bike has clearly been made to a price. Compared to its peers it’s incredible value but that is because there has been a lot of cost cutting. The worst is the finish.

As a lifelong lover of Hondas this was my first Yamaha and I can’t believe how terrible the rot is that has beset the finish of major components. I’ve only ridden it in winter a few times and the salt on British roads is ultra-corrosive,  but my Honda VTR1000 Firestorm which I owned for 17 years never succumbed like the GT. So please be diligent and continue to spray the bike with whatever corrosion inhibitors you can get your hands on. It’s shocking how my bike has simply rotted before my eyes. 

Curious.  I ride in Canadian winters - snow, slush, ice, etc - and it gets bathed in salt.  The only corrosion noticable is the whitish oxidation that happens to the shiny bolt heads, and it comes off with a light scrub and some WD40.  

Even so - in a situation so salty that I've literally had to scrape off salt buildup, and would clean and lube my chain a minimum of once a week, and there's no noticable rust or such.  My MT07 did just fine too. 

Maybe just the particulars of whatever compound is used over there?  

 

@clunkie66 If you're still around and looking for information this way, just let me know.  I've more than a few posts on kitting up for winter riding here, and regularly ride down to around -25C.  

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