I am planning to visit Bonneville Salt Flats in a few weeks, and wanted to take my bike out for a spin there. Not breaking any speed records, you see, just for fun, and the sense of history, so to speak. However, my primary concern is the heavy salt deposits that can accumulate there (photo credit):
One aspect of it is the abrasion of salt crystals, and if it’s something to worry about at all, say, comparing to regular sand.
More importantly, I am worried about corrosion, and cleaning. I’ve heard that people clean vehicles right after the run, but how important to do it right away at the spot? Can I just run to nearby town and hose it down? Is there any specific cleaning routine with specific treatments, or just a regular thorough wash would do? Is there any pre-treatment such as waxing etc. to further protect the surfaces? Should I be worried about the instant reaction of salt and water to produce some sort of acidic solution given the amount of salt?