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For those like me that have kept the stock exhaust for one reason or another, there is the question of maintaining it's appearance; specifically, what can one put on it to keep it looking nice?

Falling back on the owner's manual of a former motorcycle, I've wiped down the main head pipes with a rag dampened with motor oil every few thousand miles. I checked with my Yamaha dealer friend who quizzed his tech buddy at Yamaha and both nodded, "Not a bad idea." Yea, it makes an awful, smoke-filled ruckus when you first run it (I like to immediately go for a 10-15 min. ride) and doesn't stay shiny very long. Rust has been kept at bay, at least. As for the heat shield and muffler, I came upon something quite by accident.
Wiping down the turn signal stalks and seat with a silicone protectant like Armor-All on steroids, I wiped the muffler with the stuff, too.
No way it'd last very long, right? Wrong.
Attached are photos of the bike right after a 90+ mile ride. If it was going to go away, that should've done it.
Your mileage may vary depending upon the product used, but this seems to be working nicely!

The protectant is called UV2 by Hollander Corp. Not only is the protectant really good, their waxes are awesome!
I came upon them in a local bike shop and when they closed their doors, bought up a few extra bottles to have around. http://www.hollandercorporation.com/
 

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That certainly is one shiny exhaust system! I wouldn’t treat the Danmoto with anything, for fear of it taking off the cheap-ass finish completely! Never heard of the oil-on-headers thing before - most other exhausts I’ve had have been chrome or similar, so polished if the finish was already ok, and Autosol if they needed resurrecting!! Went through nearly a tube of it on my previous XJR1300, but looked like new when finished.

The SCR headers seem to have that funny, almost furry material sort-of finish to them, much like some Harley primary cases and some parts of the cylinders etc. I’ve always wondered what to use - might give oil a go.
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I went to the product site I quoted and it seems they no longer make the waxes, just the protectant and various cleaners.
That's too bad.
The wax is/was terrific.
 

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I went to the product site I quoted and it seems they no longer make the waxes, just the protectant and various cleaners.
That's too bad.
The wax is/was terrific.
I use Zymol, which looks to give much the same fantastic finish on the paintwork - I’ve always used it. It’s getting harder and harder to find over here tho, unfortunately.
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That certainly is one shiny exhaust system! I wouldn’t treat the Danmoto with anything, for fear of it taking off the cheap-ass finish completely! Never heard of the oil-on-headers thing before - most other exhausts I’ve had have been chrome or similar, so polished if the finish was already ok, and Autosol if they needed resurrecting!! Went through nearly a tube of it on my previous XJR1300, but looked like new when finished.

The SCR headers seem to have that funny, almost furry material sort-of finish to them, much like some Harley primary cases and some parts of the cylinders etc. I’ve always wondered what to use - might give oil a go.
Ben
Beauty XJR! Looks like you put some love (money) into that one!
 

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Beauty XJR! Looks like you put some love (money) into that one!
Money was certainly lost when traded for the SCR!! :grin2:
Not much personality, unfortunately (which I find with most inline fours).

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Money was certainly lost when traded for the SCR!! :grin2:
Not much personality, unfortunately (which I find with most inline fours).

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Yeah eh, I bet it had some get up and go...I love air cooled inline fours, especially the double overhead cam variety... Delboy has a cool turbo XJR, it sounds beastly.
 

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Yeah eh, I bet it had some get up and go...I love air cooled inline fours, especially the double overhead cam variety... Delboy has a cool turbo XJR, it sounds beastly.
Aye - it had some punt alright. Had a CB1300 too (water-cooled, admittedly) - that had even more!! (picture is not from when I had it, but is my old bike currently for sale at a local dealer - full Akrapovic system is new)
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Aye - it had some punt alright. Had a CB1300 too (water-cooled, admittedly) - that had even more!! (picture is not from when I had it, but is my old bike currently for sale at a local dealer - full Akrapovic system is new)
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See, there's another bike that didn't make it to the shores of North America. I am naturally drawn to large displacement UJMs. Mostly because I actually fit on most, and not that I need a hundred ponies anymore...cool bike nonetheless. Hey what's with people shelling out big coin for Akrapovic exhausts? Is it because they meet Euro emmisions standards?
 

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That XJR1300 was my bike of choice when it first came out. Made me so mad when Yamaha wasnt releasing them to the USA.
That is one fine Machine! You should have kept that one.
 

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You should have kept that one.
Ah yes. There it is. Those heartfelt words spoken by so many gearheads. Said to others or about oneself. And most always acknowledged with an agreeable nod of the head.
Oh well. Can't keep'm all.
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You have had some wicked rides buddy. Kind of surprised you like the SCR as much as you do.
 

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See, there's another bike that didn't make it to the shores of North America. I am naturally drawn to large displacement UJMs. Mostly because I actually fit on most, and not that I need a hundred ponies anymore...cool bike nonetheless. Hey what's with people shelling out big coin for Akrapovic exhausts? Is it because they meet Euro emmisions standards?
I think people fit them precisely because they don’t have to conform to Euro standards. Once it’s left the factory, you’re free to do what you want. Plus, they usually sound nicer, are lighter, if you want to tune it a little it’s probably advisable to change out the exhaust etc. I think I also read on the ad a performance air filter had been fitted, so I guess the latter for whoever made these particular changes. We’ll be more restricted when they start to annually test bikes for emissions, as well as cars, which I understand is coming.

That XJR1300 was my bike of choice when it first came out. Made me so mad when Yamaha wasnt releasing them to the USA.
That is one fine Machine! You should have kept that one.
Don’t say that!! :|

Ah yes. There it is. Those heartfelt words spoken by so many gearheads. Said to others or about oneself. And most always acknowledged with an agreeable nod of the head.
Oh well. Can't keep'm all.

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You have had some wicked rides buddy. Kind of surprised you like the SCR as much as you do.
So, by that rationale, you don’t think the SCR is that wicked then?! :wink2:

Funny, I would have the SCR before either the Honda or the XJR - especially the Honda.....it was just too bland. Although the Akra might have changed that now.....

I did 120 miles on the SCR today, traveling around four showrooms (my old mans’ on the look out for a Harley again - he just can’t get on with the boxer), and loved the bike. I also didn’t really see anything, out of about 150 bikes, that I would’ve swapped it for either! :grin2:
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......well, almost didn’t see anything, anyway.....:wink2:
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......well, almost didn’t see anything, anyway.....:wink2:
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I almost bought that exact bike this spring, I just dont have room for three bikes... always wanted the Paul Smart edition - I love that bike!!...My favorite bike of all time is probably a 1974 Ducati 750SS.

Yeah, the GT1000 is an exceptional machine! There's a bike that is appreciating!!
 

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Guess the best Original Old school Bike I had was the 81 CB900F SS. Had the K&Filters with V&H full exhaust with the Emgo Fairing around Headlight and Corbin Gun fighter seat.
Other Bikes wasnt that much of a thing, 90 EX250 Ninja then 88 CBR 1000 Hurricane then 97 TL1000S then the CB900. And now wanted that Old look again with the SCR just Cafe racer look.
Corbin seat came in yesterday bit I haven't pit it on yet. Danmoto pipe be here tomorrow.
 

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Guess the best Original Old school Bike I had was the 81 CB900F SS. Had the K&Filters with V&H full exhaust with the Emgo Fairing around Headlight and Corbin Gun fighter seat.
Other Bikes wasnt that much of a thing, 90 EX250 Ninja then 88 CBR 1000 Hurricane then 97 TL1000S then the CB900. And now wanted that Old look again with the SCR just Cafe racer look.
Corbin seat came in yesterday bit I haven't pit it on yet. Danmoto pipe be here tomorrow.
It will be interesting to hear what you think of your Corbin. I have one on my SCR and like it for the most part, but it is wider than the stock seat which is noticable when you go to put your feet down at a stop... I think I'm still breaking mine in and getting used to it.

Your 81 CB900F was a bike I dreamt of having when I was a kid. I still love that bike in silver/blue! There's another desirable bike that is becoming collectible.
 

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Your 81 CB900F was a bike I dreamt of having when I was a kid.
Wait a minute..... you were a kid in 1981?
I'd been riding my 78 KZ1000 for three years by then.
Where's my **** cane.
 
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