Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

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Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by wispyone » Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:34 pm

Ok so i put my new bike in the garage saturday afternoon, went in this morning and the bike is wet.
We moved into the property in September and the last owner had the garage built around 11 years ago, he used it for basic joinery so had a decent amount of tools in there and never mentioned any problems.

Garage is detached, single skin brick with a tiled pitched roof and concrete floor. it has an up and over door (this has around an inch gap across the top and small gap down each side). there is a solid wood access door to the side. Again with around an inch gap underneath.
Ventilation should be good so why is the moisture attacking my pride and joy?

The garage also has a window at the far end so this afternoon when i put the bike away i opened it slightley and locked it on the ventilation setting.


PS.... ACF50 is on order :)


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Re: Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by bond_yzf » Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:40 pm

Big bowl of salt kept in the garage does the trick

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Re: Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by lmac » Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:41 pm

Good move on the ACF50, I have similar problems this time of year and put it on my bikes.
Big bowl of salt kept in the garage does the trick
When I get chance I'll give that a try (thumbs) .

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Re: Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by wispyone » Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:53 pm

bond_yzf wrote:Big bowl of salt kept in the garage does the trick

Cheers Bond, i will give that a go

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Re: Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by lancashirelad » Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:06 pm

I've insulated my up n over door using foil insulation & double sided tape, underdrew the trusses with plasterboard with 100mm of insulation above that, if you want the best thing get a dehumidifier.
A slight gap round the door won't hurt you need a bit of air circulation.
Damp air will go to the coldest surface so covering the bike may help?
I've to start again now buying & fitting all the bits I had on the previous cb500x!!! :D

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Re: Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by Helicoptermanr22 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:09 pm

mine too. mine is a sectional door which i leave slightly ajar to let the air around, so I put an old bedsheet over the bike and all is well, the weather doesnt help

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Re: Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by byewayrider » Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:20 pm

Simple physics folks...the air is full of moisture so a hot bike will.attract the moisture....

If the bike was cold and dry you ger very little moisture on surface one reason the previous owners.joineey stuff was okay maybe...metal foil.insulation acts the same way you need polysterene sheets on walls to add warmth and a extractor to.remove moisture vapour....

Easy way is acf50...

Why do folks put rice kernnels in salt pots....to absorb water...lol
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Re: Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by TomBoyNI » Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:36 pm

You can get cheap moisture traps on Amazon.

Also I get a big sock and fill it full of cat litter. Place it on the seat and then cover the bike.

ACF50 too.
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Re: Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by wispyone » Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:51 pm

Right, we had a big bag of rocksalt in the store out side, i have now poured a decent amount into a container and put it in the garage, i will cover the bike with a duvet cover, once me partner isnt watching :)
I will then look at options for insulation.


Fingers crossed

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Re: Stop condensation eating my bike ?????

Post by IainD » Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:19 pm

Single skin brick just loves soaking up moisture, at the very least render it. Better would be to attach rigid insulation to the outside then render over that, the added benefit being thermal mass on the inside.

Insulate the door and roof as noted above.

Check if the floor has a DPM. if not get some floor resin and seal it.

Add a dehumidifier.

You could fit an extract fan with a humidistat, but beware you could be drawing in more moisture if it is wet outside and go round in circles.

Perhaps build a box out of Rigid insulation, just taped together, a pain if using the bike regularly, but OK for longer term storage.

That is about it really.

I have been considering a log cabin type construction, for a new, bigger garage, as it should breath better, though not sure about insurance.

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