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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-27-2008, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Bike Wash...

A couple of things about washing the bikes;

1) Washing the bike thoroughly helps us go over every inch of the bike and examine the bolts, pins and connections. Checking the bike over is a good thing to do frequently as preventative maintenance, but washing the bike forces the examination.
2) I know this has been stated in here before, but I'm going to reinforce the value of this tip. Using a lawn blower to blow water off the bike makes the wash job much, much easier. The worst part of cleaning the bike is wiping it dry but the high volume of air from this lawn device makes wiping the bike dry almost non-existant.

My baby is all washed and waxed and just begging to be shown off!!

Ride safe-

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-27-2008, 04:40 AM
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I'm terrible about washing my bike. I keep it clean, and wipe it off sometimes, and once in awhile I'll use some polishing spray, but when it's nice enough outside to be washing it, I usually say f**k it, and ride it instead.
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I know, I know but I guess I'm more like 750Doug, I'd rather be ridin than a washin...
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I agree with both of ya.....
But I'm an ugly fart and I need something purdy around me

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i agree with Doug...if if the day is pretty enough to wash our rides..its pretty enough to go riding. besides my ride gets washed for me when im "lucky enough" to get caught out in those rainy days...lol

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I agree with both of ya.....
But I'm an ugly fart and I need something purdy around me
This is dangerously close to that old saying about "polishing a turd" . . .

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Just getting the schedule down of all the sprinkler systems I pass on the way to work. Nothing like getting a good misting, then riding through a construction zone.

We both could use a bath when I get to work.
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I never use a hose to wash my bike , so using a leaf blower would not be needed.

I think spraying water all over your bike is not good for it. There are many parts that really do not need to get wet, like the seat, all of the electrical conneections and air box.

Some folks say they are "lazy" and do not wash the bike, but to me spraying it with a hose is the lazy mans way to wash it.

I remove the seat, put the bike on the centerstand and using an aray of glass cleaner , Honda polish, brake cleaner , contact cleaner, a sprayer filled with a bit of dish soap and distilled water, a roll paper towels and some cotton ones...I go over every single part of the bike and wash it seperately.

If the wheels are real dirty, I will use a pan of soapy water, but will raise the wheel off the ground and sit down to clean them from the spokes working out...I even wash the tire off.
After washing every part I then wax anything that needs it, and clean the seat with a vinyl - leather cleaner.

Granted I do not do this too often, but I can understand washing the car with a bucket and a hose..it has alot of surface area. But bikes are so small, it just seems half-assed to use one soapy rag and a hose, much less spraying all those areas that do not need water on them.

By washing each part seperately, you still get the chance to "go over" the bike, likely better as you are concentrating on one area at a time. Washing the tires gives you a good chance to check for rocks , nails , etc.

The big adavantage for me is I can do this in my garage when the weather is crappy, and save those nice days to ride. When I was younger and did not have a garage, I would bring it inside.

If you prefer not to clean the bike often, it is always a good idea to go over it to check for loose bolts, nuts, worn parts , etc. Washing your bike should not be the "excuse" to do this, you should be doing this on a regualar basis anyway..washing or not.

Dirt bikes caked with mud would call for a hose, but streetbikes call for cleaning products, and attention to detail. You don't have to be as anal as me, but put down the hose and take the time now and then.


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I live on a long graved driveway and ride in any weather (except ice). I do miss the days of living in the burbs (cement city) if you wash and wax it actually stays clean for more than a day.

I got caught on a ride the other day where DOT did a 'chip seal' of county roads. About 10 miles of 20 mph driving on fresh gravel and oil. Ugly. Very ugly. Then you got the cagers going 40 mph tossing rocks everywhere. Yep, she needs a bath and rubdown.

KM - I'm not even going to rply to your methods.

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KM,
I figure the only difference between the way I wash my bike and getting caught in a good downpour is- I use a rag and soap. Then I dry it all off.

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'02 VN750
Pipes drilled
Spline lubed
R/R relocated
AGM batteried
Iridium equipped
LED tail lighted
8000-ish miled
Soon to be MCCTed

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