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Location: S.E. Michigan
Can you take the front wheel off and keep it inside your home?
The surface rusting you're getting is normal, though I have no way of gauging what is an "alarming" rate, especially if the bike is being kept outside in the damp. BTW, alot of damp comes up off the ground, so covering the bike doesn't stop the moisture problem.
You could make a carboard/ wood/ plastic platform to store the bike on, but even then you'll just slow the process down.
All the bike shops around me offer inside heated winter storage, on a battery tender, with a spring time oil change for around $200 for the season.
Also, alot of those self storage facility's offer some rooms that are inside and heated, but that would be a monthly bill and probably go over 200 bux by the end of winter.
Maybe a friend with a garage even?
Just some ideas for you that might help you.
I'd lean away from sanding and greasing/oiling the rotors, and also, make sure your brake fluid is good. Storing the bike outside in direct cold, if there's water in your brake system, there could be some freezing in there...