Join Date: May 2014
Location: Maple Ridge, BC Canada
Model: 97 gl1500 SE
aluminum foil rolled up in a ball anfd wipe off the rust with it
I've done list and restored some pretty nasty looking chrome - aluminum foil balled up and some water - won't scratch the chrome (I would be hesitant about 'chromed' plastic, though), and will make an amazing difference. Just 'scrub' with the foil, and then rinse with water and get the water/chrome wet again and scrub more.
I've restored chrome on some old 80's bikes, but when I bought my GL1800, the guy asked if I wanted a pair of 'performance' mufflers - he was going to throw them away because they were rusty and said I could have them for free. They're Cobra mufflers. I used the aluminum foil and water trick and they came up looking virtually perfect, and then installed them on the bike.
Bikes I've owned since June, 2013:
Since sold:11 CBR250R, 89 ZG1000, 92 Ninja 500, 85 V45 Magna, 84 DT200, 82 Virago 750, 92 Virago 1100, 04 Kawasaki ZZR250, 07 Vstrom 650 ABS, 88 GL1500, 14 Ninja 300, 86 V65 Magna, 96 VLX600, 08 WR250X, 09 KLX250S, 87 FZR1000, 14 Ninja 650, plus some more...
2010 Husqvarna TE250
2015 Kawasaki Ninja 650
2008 GL1800 with bagger kit