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    Had my GS a week now, very impressed overall, love it. However, itís only 4.5 years old, but already has significant corrosion on the clutch case, sump case and rear hub. I know itís not structural or a fundamental problem, but it looks a bit crap.
    As a new owner I wondered if it was a thing, or something unique to mine. Overall the bike is well maintained, has all the dealer service stamps, and has been loved.

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    Welcome, daveywww. I seem to recall complaints a few years ago about some UK bikes having issues with corrosion and weathered paint on the engine, particularity around the sump and other areas exposed to the elements. In some cases this damage was on bikes still covered by BMW's warranty and the damaged parts were replaced by BMW. In other instances the owner just cleaned the parts well and re-coated them with paint. But these complaints have not been very common and might have been due to a relatively short run of engine parts being poorly painted at the factory.
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    Cheers Richard. I’m not too bothered, masked the worst bits with the wife’s black nail varnish

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    Perhaps the result of being ridden in an area that uses a significant amount of salt on their highways and not rinsed after being ridden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKBeemer View Post
    Perhaps the result of being ridden in an area that uses a significant amount of salt on their highways and not rinsed after being ridden.
    Based on bikes I've been around I think @AKBeemer is correct ... the bikes do not seem to be protected from corrosive environments as well as the could be...

    There may have also been run(s) of substandard parts, but having seen several bikes on coastal environments that were well cared for (not stored on the beach ... blah blah blah) the finishes were not holding up as well as I would have expected....
    Blue 2009 F650GS - H-B crash bars, TT luggage rack, Pelican top case, BMW Vario Panniers & bash plate, 20mm handlebar risers, LED voltmeter, Sargent seat, MudSling, a few other trinkets ... I may be just about at the end of the farkle train

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