The salt destoyed my xt225 with 5yrs of commuting in the snow belt. Painted the frame twice. The front caliper was rebuit twice. But the part that is unseen is the rims got salt in between the layers. Steel rims or cast wheels for winter! And no chrome plated aluminum! I kept the xt covered in oil but salt always finds a way.Do not comute on bikes much now, i only do a little pat time work a couple of days a week so use the car or truck. i wont use bikes again until it warms up cleans up. We throw millions of tons of salt on uk roads every year, and its everywhere even with careful cleaning. I try to keep off any bike i care much about until we get a bit of rain to clean things up a bit. Soon be decent weather.