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Old 08-02-11, 16:32
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That said, I am going to wash mine (and re-ACF it) when I come back from the Dragon. Mostly because I need to put it in for a service and am embarrassed to do so in the state it's in
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Old 08-02-11, 16:40
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I've found nothing on the market that brings the plastics up to looking like new like acf50....plus it smells really nice
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Old 08-02-11, 17:00
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cheers chaps, all very worldly wise.

i've booked her in for a professional clean, and then i am going to make sure i stay on top of it. i guess i'm not a crotch rocket ponce anymore, so should adopt the more "mad max" look.

def going to acf50 it though, agree that prevention is better than cure.

if someone is in the sheffield area, and wants a project of fettling her back to some previous beauty, i'm willing to listen.

love my bike, and just wanted to show her off a tad.

i have been eyeing up the carbon repalcement panels, and i guess a set of cans wouldn't go amiss
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Old 08-02-11, 17:17
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There is a post on here somewhere about a member who used carbon type film on his bike and it did look very good. Do a search it should be easy to find and then PM him for details. It would be cheaper than new panels I guess.
http://www.therevcounter.com/uk-moto...y-ride-10.html

One of the lads here just finishing a job on some XR650 plastics.
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Old 08-02-11, 21:54
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That said, I am going to wash mine (and re-ACF it) when I come back from the Dragon. Mostly because I need to put it in for a service and am embarrassed to do so in the state it's in
I shall be interested to compare and contrast yours and mine. The waxoyl is looking particularly ****ty on mine, but is doing it's job. I think this year, after 3 winters I will be getting some parts powder coated and treating the Princess to some SS fasteners.
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Old 08-02-11, 23:14
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Just a quick one tho guys ACF50 isnt developed or tested in salty conditions, therefore on grit ridden roads in winter its not as effective as other products.

Its tested at high altitude, for planes ect. against constant moisture (wich does have salt content but no were near as much as the harsh stuff on the roads)

I kno this because i contacted them after it wasnt having much of an affect on our demo bikes last december, so we now sell S100 products which are proven to work well in said conditions.
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Old 09-02-11, 07:36
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on grit ridden roads in winter its not as effective as other products.
Yep, it was developed for the aviation industry, but like most things it has found other uses. Unless the manufacturers have carried out specific testing then they cannot make claims as to it's suitability - Most motorcyclists are as crytical and cynical as they come, so it's a testiment that they like this product.

I've used it for nearly 7 years, through winters on the bike and on the fishing boat. Even on an old Kawasaki KLE500, and they fade away in front of your eyes if you show them a salty chip!!

My TTR is covered in it, and I've been practising on the beach most of the winter, it realy doesn't get much more wet & salty than that

I've not seen any feedback from anyone using S100 (to be honest this is the first I've seen of it), but I'm always interested in improvements, if it does what the manufacturers website says it does then that's great, but they stop short of actually naming ACF50, and that makes me suspicious that they maybe cannot substantiate thier claims sufficiently. Doesn't mean it's not as good, just that they can't prove it's better - Of course this is just supposition on my part and it could be wrong.
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Old 09-02-11, 07:40
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I thought ACF50 was also put on planes on aircraft carriers to prevent rust...??
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Old 09-02-11, 19:03
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I read in this quarters Adventure Rider it was developed by an aerospace company specifically for the US Navy to protect aircraft on the flight deck in heavy seas. Anyway I know from riding all winter in Yorkshire where the councils have spread tonnes and tonnes of grit that this stuff works. Remember my bike is a 60 plate and was introduced to these conditions from its box! It is as fresh as a daisy.
i must have brought my bike same timee as you in the same conditions, and i used acf50 to start with until my work scrapped it
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Old 09-02-11, 20:05
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another believer for the ACF50 here..

top tip : spray a shot or two into the lid and use a paint brush to apply - its go's a LOT further and more accurately than a spray.
thers's a guy Manchester way i believe that will give your bike a 100% ACF coverage..
Basically he shrouds the brake disc's,removes the seat unit and then puts the bike (whole) into a plastic bag and introduces ACF50 under a high pressure 'mist' that penetrates EVERYWHERE and gives the bike a TOTAL coverage
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