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So after that little explosion with all of the oil coming out of every seal and pore it appears quite a lot of it has caked up with bits of road over the past month enough to warrant a serious hose instead of a rag.

My concerns: Hot engine, cold water, aluminum engine and temperature stress. AND disc brakes. I already know to avoid the radiator with a pressure hose and there isn't any reason at all to wash the top of the bike; i.e. anything over the height of the exhaust pipes. Her wheels need a hose though, too.

Any comments/tips/concerns are welcome including from Doc who probably knows how to save some cash by parking in a particular spot on the other side of the fence from a car wash while he's at work so that the bike is cleaned all day with little drizzles floating in the wind or something.

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Go to the car wash when it's below freezing as they leave the water on a trickle so the hoses don't freeze.another tip,ride in the rainnot only do you clean your bike but your riding gear and yourself as well

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I don't think hot engines and cold water will really matter. I've ridden in the snow and didn't crack my block

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Go to the car wash when it's below freezing as they leave the water on a trickle so the hoses don't freeze.another tip,ride in the rainnot only do you clean your bike but your riding gear and yourself as well
I've ridden in snow too, but the bike is already accustomed to the temperature. My concern is the "sudden" blast of water underneath the crankcase. Also... just making sure you know. Water is a lot of fun at various times, but rain? I remember what that was like... back in the days... i am living in Los Angeles now, though Doc. I can count how many times it has rained in the past 3 years using only my 10 fingers.

Any concerns about hosing down those brake wheels, and around the front axle?
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I've never used a hose and water to clean my bike, but, that's me.

Just avoid using high pressure around seals. Bikes are designed to work in the rain, so "lightly showering" the bike should not hurt it.

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let the bike set and cool for 10 to 15 min and if you have ear shaved put a baggie on the pods

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Used the foam brush to start. Scrubbed her underside about as serious as a foamy brush can be. Went around the wheels and stroked the forks. Used the soap spray gun to blow off all of the bottom crud in the grooves then rinsed her all off.

Rode her right out and doing about 45 did the air-dry. Brakes, block, starter, the rest, was as if nothing happened. Absolutely no difference in the way she handled.

Just a note, but it didn't do jack to her wheels, even before i rode her out, they still looked as dingy as when i rode in.

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Wheels you got to do by hand. I yank up the front and then the rear, so you can spin the wheel, and use a dishpan of soapy water (dawn) and a stack of towels. A soft bristle brush comes in handy too. After cleaning, I use some metal polish on the shiny edges of the spokes and the rims.

Some folks have had luck on real cruded up wheels using Simple Green, just make sure you rinse them off quickly with clean water. I clean off the tires too, DO NOT use Armor-All on your sidewalls to make them shiney.

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Wheels you got to do by hand. I yank up the front and then the rear, so you can spin the wheel, and use a dishpan of soapy water (dawn) and a stack of towels. A soft bristle brush comes in handy too. After cleaning, I use some metal polish on the shiny edges of the spokes and the rims.

Some folks have had luck on real cruded up wheels using Simple Green, just make sure you rinse them off quickly with clean water. I clean off the tires too, DO NOT use Armor-All on your sidewalls to make them shiney.
Tuck my fires. I'll be happy with just "more or less" consistent colored/clean rims. What brand of metal polish do you use; i.e. what's the product actually called, etc. ??
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I've ridden in snow too, but the bike is already accustomed to the temperature. My concern is the "sudden" blast of water underneath the crankcase. Also... just making sure you know. Water is a lot of fun at various times, but rain? I remember what that was like... back in the days... i am living in Los Angeles now, though Doc. I can count how many times it has rained in the past 3 years using only my 10 fingers.

Any concerns about hosing down those brake wheels, and around the front axle?
He'll I've ridden in the rain 3 times in the past week.that's New for me,seeing that I live in upstate NY and it's February

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