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I have a 2016 Scrambler Urban Enduro which I bought in July 2016. My bike has less than 600 miles on it, always garaged and never ridden in the rain. I live in San Diego, CA. I just noticed all of my spokes have surface rust on them. I mean come on, I haven't even taken it in for the first service yet. Anybody else having a similar issue? Taking the bike in next week for its first service and the kick stand bolt recall so I'll definitely bring up the issue with the dealer. Just curious if anybody else was encountering this quality issue. I thought the spokes might be stainless but someone else mentioned they were zinc coated. Regardless they shouldn't be having this issue.
 

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Yes,I had this issue,but then I live in England where they cover the roads in salt.
Like you said it was surface rust and luckily I spotted it before it became worse.
I just cleaned the spokes with fresh oil which removed the rust spots.
No,it certainly shouldn't happen to such a low mileage bike.
Hope you get it sorted
 

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Thanks Dave! I guess ideally it would be nice to just powder coat or paint them and not have to worry about it but that is a lot of work.
 

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Thanks Dave! I guess ideally it would be nice to just powder coat or paint them and not have to worry about it but that is a lot of work.
In that case you'd rather disassemble the wheels and respoke them with ss spokes. Powder coating or painting complete spoke wheel sounds odd (ghetto).

my $0.02....

But yeah, it shouldn't happen on a new bike.
 

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I don't know how close you live to the beach but if you live within 5 miles you can exspect to see more. I lived in Costa Mesa before moving to Newport Beach. Costa Mesa was bad enough but after I moved down by the water I really saw how bad that salt air can kill anything metal. It's a constant battle.
 

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I don't know how close you live to the beach but if you live within 5 miles you can exspect to see more. I lived in Costa Mesa before moving to Newport Beach. Costa Mesa was bad enough but after I moved down by the water I really saw how bad that salt air can kill anything metal. It's a constant battle.
Someone else mentioned WD-40. It works really well. I used to wipe down all exposed metal with it.
 

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+1 on ACF50
 

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As an alternative Scottoil FS365 which you spray on a cold wet bike has a similar effect but is easier to remove than ACF50.
 

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It is also water based and not nearly so effective. I apply ACF50 with a sponge soaked in it. A wipe over the surfaces leaves a virtually invisible film and by it's nature ACF50 will creep into nooks and crannies. I'm a convert.
 

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Awesome, thanks for the suggestions! I'll check out both. Taking it in next week for service. The dealer said he would check it out and potentially send out a note to Ducati. Regardless if Ducati takes action on it, it's still good for them to know that they have an issues here. I do live about a mile away from the beach but it's always stored in the garage and hasn't been ridden in the rain or wet streets. I have a 1973 Toyota Land Cruiser in the garage next to the bike and it doesn't have a bunch of rusty parts on it. Thanks again for all the suggestions!!
 

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So got my bike back from service. They didn't have much to say about the spokes however they took pictures and are going to file some sort of notice about it with Ducati. I'll let you know if Ducati takes any kind action on it. Until then I'll clean them up with some of the ACF 50. Side note, I did have them install a throttle tamer with the break in service. I notice no difference with it other than a smoother slide to the throttle tube and a slightly larger circumference to the right grip. If anything the bike feels more responsive...but likely this is due to some update with the service.
 

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Quick update about my rusty spokes. With a lot of effort I started cleaning a few of the spokes with the ACF and it does indeed work well, thanks for the recommendation. However the spokes I cleaned were pitted where the surface rust lived. Given the bike is only 6 months old, always garaged and never ridden in the rain, I ultimately I decided this is a quality issue and so I stopped cleaning the wheels and tried to contact Ducati Corporate directly. That way I would have photos to show them the problem if they requested. It had been a few weeks since I had talked to my local dealership about the issue when they took pictures and said they would file a report with Ducati NA. I couldn't really find a good phone number for Ducati customer service or warranty issues etc but I did find an online submission on their website. I submitted all the info including frame number, purchase date, etc as well as the problem I was having the my rusty spokes. Honestly I didn't really expect much response. However, one of their NA customer service/warranty guys called me a couple days later to say that he had just spoken to my dealer and saw their pictures confirming that the spokes had rusted very quickly....although the dealer hadn't submitted the notice yet surprise surprise. The Ducati rep indicated to me over the phone that this shouldn't have happened in such a short amount of time and maybe I got a bad set of wheels. He said no promises but he thought likely Ducati would switch out the wheels and send mine back to Italy to be inspected. So good news! This was a couple weeks ago and I'm still waiting to hear back about a final decision. Will update when I have more info.
 

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Good news! Ducati is going to replace my wheels on a "one time good will" It said I would need to pay for install but the local dealership who has helped me with this problem doesn't look like they are going to charge for the install either. Will see. They already ordered the new set. Gotta hand it to Ducati to fix a problem fairly quickly. I only sent in updated pictures of my bike to Ducati NA a few days ago. Trying to decide wether or not to take the wheels to be powder coated before install. Anyway, this definitely makes me feel better about the company and quality of the bike.
 

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This is exactly why Ducati sells Scrambler wheels with Aluminum spokes. BUT - they're extra!
 

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Aluminium spokes?

You're talking cast or forged wheels I may hope? Spoked wheels with aluminium spokes don't exist.

The rims may be aluminium, but the spokes are steel, either stainless or not (galvanized)
 
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