You either love or hate it when your chrome motorcycle exhaust pipes go blue or rusty, but now Yamaha Motor has developed a nano-film coating technology that retains the sheen. Some riders like the bluing effect caused by excessive heat as they say it gives the motorcycle character. However, it can also lead to rust over time and limit the life of the exhaust pipes.
Last year, World Patent Marketing announced its patented Rid a Blue quick-cleaning product would take the bluing out of the pipe. It uses detergent oil, while diamond polish and an anti-oxidiser chemical to shorten the exhaust pipes’ cleaning process.
Yamaha Motor’s manufacturing technology center has been working on its anti-bluing project since 2002 and last year registered SixONy as the trademark name for the product. SixONy is a balance of oxygen and nitrogen molecules that is applied in a thin film only 20 to 150 nanometers thick, or 0.1mm. The highly heat- and corrosion-resistant ultra-thin film also reduces the weight of exhaust pipes by about 20 percent. Yamaha says it can make the film transparent or a particular color by adjusting the thickness and the oxygen-nitrogen ratio. The Japanese manufacturer has already used the technology on the 2007 Yamaha FZ1, the 2008 Yamaha YZF-R1 and the 2010 Yamaha SR400. But now it appears they will be marketing the product separately. No word yet on the availability or price of SixONy...Tag: YamahaSixONyExhaust-PipesExhaust-SystemBluyingChromeCleaningDevelopmentTechnologyBlue-ChromeRustCorrosionNano-FilmPatentTrademark