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Old 12-05-2009, 05:10 PM   #1
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washing the bike ?'s

So after 2 months of riding the bike around and after last sturday's rain, the bike is super dirty. Do I just go to those pressure wash places and spray it down? Any do's and dont's? Soap? Dry? Places not to spray with water? etc.

Also I need to clean and lube the chain. Do I do this before or after washing?

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Old 12-05-2009, 05:12 PM   #2
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personally i dont wash mine. i spray it with a clean and take to it with a soft rag as to not scratch it. but for sure clean and lube the chain after its dried. i believe its called honda spray polish and cleaner. you can pick it up at Motorcycles Unlimited. cost right around 8 a can or so after tax

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Old 12-05-2009, 05:22 PM   #3
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What I do:

- Wash the bike, soap/water/microfiber sponge (make sure not to get any bits stuck in the sponge or you'll scratch your bike).
- Dry most of it off with soft towels.
- Clean the chain.
- Let bike run for few minutes then take it for 5-10 min spin to warm the chain and get water out of the cracks.
- Lube the chain after short ride while chain is warm.
- WD40 moving joints like brake lever/foot lever/gear shift etc.
- Dry any visible water.

As for the chain if it doesn't need cleaning and just needs lubing then I skip the cleaning portion.
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Old 12-05-2009, 05:42 PM   #4
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If you have the a drive thru car wash does wonders. just make sure its a brush free....

BUT if you dont. its a simple answer that can be sumed up with a question...

How do you wash a car?

The only thing I do differnt than most people is I use a leaf blower to dry it. then a nice microfiber cloth to get any spots off if I feel like making it pretty pretty.
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Old 12-05-2009, 05:44 PM   #5
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The only thing I do differnt than most people is I use a leaf blower to dry it. then a nice microfiber cloth to get any spots off if I feel like making it pretty pretty.
I've tried using a blower a few times but found that it would make the water leave streaks and takes longer than just using a towel. It does do well with getting the hard to reach places however.
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Old 12-05-2009, 05:59 PM   #6
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If you use a pressure washer you must keep it away from the chain, wheel bearings, swingarm pivot and any places where a lever or shaft go thru the engine cases. Don't spray it on the instrument cluster or ignition switch.
The high pressure water will be forced into many places that you don't want water to go.

You would be much better off IMHO if you bought a bucket, a sponge and a couple of towels. It only takes about 10 minutes to wash and dry anyway.
I like to use S100. Most moto stores and cycle shops carry it and it works great. I also use a leaf blower to initially dry the bike and come back with a soft cloth to prevent spots.
When the bike is just a little dusty and you want to give it a quick clean, auto detailer spray works really well. Use a good quality wax and keep your chain clean and lightly oiled to prevent surface rust.
Never ever use Armor All or similar products on your tires or seat as they make the seat too slick and obviously you don't want to get it on your tires or brakes.
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Do not use a pressure washer, it puts high temp water and caustic soap into places you don't want it to be.

I use S100 soap, spray it on the bike cold, everything except directly on the tires or chain.
I then fill a bucket with water and a small bit of the soap and wash it with a rag, then rinse with water.
I use a blower to dry it.
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personally i dont wash mine. i spray it with a clean and take to it with a soft rag as to not scratch it. but for sure clean and lube the chain after its dried. i believe its called honda spray polish and cleaner. you can pick it up at Motorcycles Unlimited. cost right around 8 a can or so after tax

+1. I wash dirt bikes, but use the Honda or S100 stuff on the street bikes.

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Thanks for the info! For some odd reason I thought pressure washing would be a better choice but also knew not to hit some spots. I think I will just go with the bucket and rag route. Thanks for all the tips!

Since it might rain tomorrow I might just wash next time... Although it aint getting any warmer from now so I just might wash tomorrow...
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I use Plexus and several soft rags.
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to clean and lube the chain...one tip is to do this on a warm chain...it cleans easier and gets lube more evenly...so just go ride the bike around the neighborhood for several minutes before getting started

then just wd 40 and an old t-shirt will get almost all the grime off...a grunge brush would help in this case too...but not necessarily necessary

once the chain is clean...hit it with some chain lube on the "inside" of the chain...the side that passes over the sprockets...preferrably have the bike on a rear stand, hold a rag behind the chain to catch over spray and someone to roll the rear wheel forward so the lube gets on the chain evenly...DO NOT try to put the bike in gear to lube it...then just don't ride for a little while because extra fresh lube just gets flung all over the place...esp on the rim and extra hard to reach places

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