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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I actually wash mine only about once a year, and when I'm done, it is spotless, top and bottom. I pretty much tear it down to the engine, frame, and wheels. I use several different kinds of cleaners, tooth brushes, Q-tips, sponges, and paint brushes. I wash all the parts I took off separately, then reassemble everything. I pay particular attention to nooks and crannies, hidden areas, and places like slots in screws and the recesses in Allen bolts.
Go down to your local library, and get a copy of "Ultimate Motorcycle Detailing" by David H. Jacobs. It explains the whole procedure in great detail. Thats right, it takes a whole book to explain it.
The rest of the year, I mostly just use a garden sprayer full of distilled water to rinse the dust off it (dust is the biggest problem here, for a bike stored in a garage) I remove the windshield and soak it in water (usually in the bathtub) for a while to soften up the bugs, then wash it with hair shampoo, and dry it with VIVA paper towels. Never wipe a windshield or painted surface until ALL dirt has been flushed off of it, or you will wind up sanding it instead.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
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1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike