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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-06-2009, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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Question Doing the wash

i dont want to start a poll but im just curious about how many of you take the time to remove your seat and or saddlebags when you wash your bike?????
i remove my seat and saddlebags when ever i wash it. after i am done i give the wires and the batterie the once over to make sure everything is ok .


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From my view, the seat needs to be cleaned perhaps more than things like the tank, as textured surfaces hold dirt alot easier, so I leave the seat on.

If you have leather bags...and are using the garden hose to wash the bike...I would take them off and clean them seperately with saddle soap...

That said.....I never use a hose to clean the bike. I wash each part with various cleaners...(windex, Honda polish, Plexus, etc) and try to avoid spraying the bike with water completely.

Bikes are so much smaller than cars it is not really a pain to do it this way...it also gives you the chance to examine and check all those bolts and nuts.

Removing the seat would I think just introduce more water into the more important electrical components like the junction box, the R/R conneceter , etc.

But every so often I will remove the seat so I can wash and wax the gas tank as the seat does cover the rear part of it.....


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I'm with KM on not removing the seat unless I need to get to things underneath it. And I would NEVER take a hose to my baby with the seat off, that's just begging for electrical problems.

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I took the bags off as they were zip offs but not the seat... I guess I always just did a quick clean as I poured a cap full of Zip Wax auto cleaner & wax into a pail and used a soft long bristled car wash brush and I hosed it down before and after, then used the leaf blower to dry it off before taking a spin to complete the dry...
I never really had a bright knock your eye out shinny bike, just a nice pretty clean one...
BTW-The Sportster will get no more, or no less...
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I use Lucas Slick Mist. I spray it on the bigger parts, tank, fenders and so on. Wipe it clean and shinny. I am not much on cleaning the rest of it. So off I go with dirty wheels and tires.

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I hose mine down with the a garden hose, wash every part with Meguire's deep crystal car wash and a soft hand mit, hose it off, dry off as much as I can with a chamois, then let the sun dry it off the rest of the way. After that, I'll pull it in the shade and wax the tank and fenders with Meguire's auto wax.

Is it really necessary to blow it dry with a leaf blower or one of those heated motorcycle dryers?


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I hose mine down with the a garden hose, wash every part with Meguire's deep crystal car wash and a soft hand mit, hose it off, dry off as much as I can with a chamois, then let the sun dry it off the rest of the way. After that, I'll pull it in the shade and wax the tank and fenders with Meguire's auto wax.

Is it really necessary to blow it dry with a leaf blower or one of those heated motorcycle dryers?
Probably not if you are waxing it, but if not it will eliminate water spots very quick... I probably wouldn't buy one only for that purpose... Then if you ride a bit it will finish the dry and heat things up to help with the rust bit... Or at least that is the way this lazy old man sees it...
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I take it down to the car wash and hose it down, wash, rinse, and then towel dry. I leave the seat and saddle bags on.

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Only use a hose on the wheels, light spray to rinse off the cleaner and crud. Then dry off the overspray. I've always used Honda Pro cleaner on everything I can see. It does a great job of removing grime and leaves a nice shine. If the bike is really nasty after riding in rain or what ever, I might use the cheaper lemon pledge to clean off the grime. Don't own a blow drier or leaf blower so maybe I'd hose it down if I had one of those...

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