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Old 08-28-2005, 04:52 PM   #1
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washing the bike

another noob question guyz, how do u wash the bike..

i bought this S100 cycle cleaner and pro honda spray from Motorcycles Unlimited. Now Susanne there asked me not to wash the bike at these car washes..said I shld wash only with a motorcycle hose..or a normal one..... but the S100 'using directions' say use highest pressure water,sharpest jets blah blah..

so i m confused... havent taken it to a car wash station.. at home, got nothing..i live in an apartment... i cld use a bucket or somemthing...but that doesnt give me no pressurized water...
wat do u guyz do..like wat stuff u use, where u wash it, how u wash it..et all...
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Old 08-28-2005, 05:16 PM   #2
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Re: washing the bike

I just got back from the car wash area in my apartment complex.*
I use only presurized water and a sponge to scrub it ( I got a bunch of love bugs today)
What I was told is that the key to keep the paint nice is to dry it completly, I use a synthetic chamois.
Then I use a finishing cloth I bought at walmart in the automotive section.



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Re: washing the bike

The only thing is if you take it to a car wash you'll probably have to ride your bike there. Now your headers and brake pads will be hot.. spraying it with water right after might casue your to warp.
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Old 08-28-2005, 06:52 PM   #4
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Re: washing the bike

I wash mine just like I wash any other vehicle. :dontknow:
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Old 08-28-2005, 08:32 PM   #5
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Re: washing the bike

Using a high pressure washer can push water behind seals into the bearings and into switch housings. I just use a regular hose and wash it like I wash my car.

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Old 08-28-2005, 08:36 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info Patrick, I'll use regular hose next time* :icon_smile:
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I wash mine just like I wash any other vehicle.* *:dontknow:
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Old 08-29-2005, 10:21 PM   #8
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handwash it, then dry it with the leafblower, fast as , no water spots, no dripping water to leave water spots, and drys the electronics
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Old 08-30-2005, 08:59 AM   #9
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Re: washing the bike

+1.
Actually I use my small shop vac with the hose on the exhaust side, works well, and the hose is small enough to reach everywhere.


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Old 08-30-2005, 11:41 AM   #10
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Yup, nothing like a good old school , to get things looking right...

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Old 08-30-2005, 06:01 PM   #11
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Re: washing the bike

I use microfiber cloths to wash mine. Then use mr. clean autowasher set on spot free rinse. No drying,no spots!
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Old 08-30-2005, 06:13 PM   #12
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Re: washing the bike

I just washed my bike for the first time today with a Mr.Clean AutoDry kit. . . and as much as I hate backing up huge marketing campaigns there wasnt a spot on the bike. Very nice kit came with soap and a washing glove.

A+++ in vestment for 35$

Also it says its good for 3 washes, but since its a bike its prolly good for like 6-8
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Old 08-30-2005, 10:38 PM   #13
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Re: washing the bike

i don't have a leaf blower, i could use my compressor tho, lol. That has condensation in it tho
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Old 08-30-2005, 11:05 PM   #14
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i don't have a leaf blower, i could use my compressor tho, lol.* That has condensation in it tho

You're supposed to bleed that out after each use.
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Old 08-30-2005, 11:06 PM   #15
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Re: washing the bike

I usually do, haven't in like a week though. I get tired of doin that everytime. I wish I could just leave it full forever :(
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Old 08-30-2005, 11:09 PM   #16
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I usually do, haven't in like a week though.* I get tired of doin that everytime.* I wish I could just leave it full forever :(
Go ahead, let it rust the interior.* *:icon_smile:
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Old 08-30-2005, 11:10 PM   #17
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Re: washing the bike

yeah i know, that sucks doesn't it. You're making me feel guilty and now I feel like I should go outside and empty it, lol
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Old 08-30-2005, 11:17 PM   #18
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u win...i just emptied it.
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Old 08-30-2005, 11:57 PM   #19
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i use PLEXUS plastic cleaner/polish on all my parts. takes off bugs and grease and leaves a shine right:
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Re: washing the bike

while it might look good, it doesnt get the electronics dry. not that it can hurt them, but might as well get them dry if you can.

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