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Old 03-05-2009, 07:56 AM   #1
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How does someone clean their bike? Soap & water or sprays?

Need some help, I clean my bike damp cloth but still donít get that nice clean shinny look. What do you guys recommend?
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i usually just have water running over it, and rub with my bare palm...no soap...let it air dry...then use Turle Wax Ice once it is dry. That biotch is gonna shine...promise.
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I use Meguiars Liquid wax wet look, EZ clean spray & rinse, Tire shine, leather cleaner/conditioner etc. etc. etc... They make pretty much everything you need to clean your motorcycle & the best thing about it you can pick it up at your local Wal-mart
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I use Meguiars Liquid wax wet look, EZ clean spray & rinse, Tire shine, leather cleaner/conditioner etc. etc. etc... They make pretty much everything you need to clean your motorcycle & the best thing about it you can pick it up at your local Wal-mart


I hope thats a joke.


I just use a quick detailer, never actually wash my bikes.
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[quote=Brian f.;1815429]I hope thats a joke.


lol... Its made for motorcycles.. Non-silicone I do it more for conditioning the tire after a wash
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I prefer soap and water, but when I am short on time, Honda spray polish is the ticket.
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I have found "fw1" works better than anything I've ever tried. I use it on every bike I work on and it makes paint look better than brand new and chrome look like never before. When I first used it I was shocked. Wash the bike then shine it up with this stuff.

This is the stuff they sell at the gas stations when they come demo it for you on your car. Kinda hard to find but well worth the $10 per can!

I think the website is fastwax.com
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Soap and water and sometimes Meguiars Wax!!
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Im going to try out the Honda spray and see how it comes out.
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I have found "fw1" works better than anything I've ever tried. I use it on every bike I work on and it makes paint look better than brand new and chrome look like never before. When I first used it I was shocked. Wash the bike then shine it up with this stuff.

This is the stuff they sell at the gas stations when they come demo it for you on your car. Kinda hard to find but well worth the $10 per can!

I think the website is fastwax.com
What is this thing you speak of?

Oh, and I use Mother's waterless detailer between full washes.
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Found this sometime ago on another forum. Has worked great for me for nearly 2 years

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The items I use to wash my bike are
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-Zip Wax car wash by Turtle Wax
-Simple Green (to cut grime off hard parts Ė ie. Wheels, swingarm, etc..)
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I like to wash my bike with it sitting on the rear stand. This makes it easier to reach everything, allows you to roll the rear tire during cleaning and holds the bike better than the kickstand. Here are a few pics of the bike all dirty and needing a good wash.

Before getting the bike wet at all, I use Simple Green to spray the wheels/hubs/forks/swingarm/suspension linkage/shock/rear-sets/exhaust mid-pipe/inside the lowers (under mid-pipe in picture) and backside of engine cases down. This cuts the grit and grime loose.

Donít let the Simple Green sit too long. Just spray it on all these parts then hose it off. The parts mentioned above look worlds better just from using the Simple Green.

Now I hose the entire bike down. Adjust the hose nozzle to a fan-spray and soak it good all over.

Be sure to spray under the front fairing to get the bugs and trash out of the radiator fins.

I also spray under the front fender and rear hugger Ė I know you canít see it under there but I still want it to be clean.

YES, I even spray the clip-ons/controls/and EVEN the gages Ė oh my.

Once it is all soaking wet, lather it up with the Wash Mit. I only lather the body from the mids up. Leave the lowers and undertail for last as these are the parts that always have the most road grit. You donít want to get that grit in the Wash Mit and then go back up and wash the tank Ė that is a good way to get scratches.

Yes, I lather the gages too Ė just not too much, I just do it lightly.

After the top half of the bike is lathered up good hose it off. Look over it good and re-apply to any areas you may have missed or stubborn bug guts & stains.
Next I spray the lowers/undertail/hugger & exhaust again to be sure they are wet and get any grit off that has ran down from the upper half of the bike in the steps above. Then lather it up good. You may have to add a little more elbow grease as these areas are always the worst. Once you are satisfied these areas are clean, rinse off the suds.

Next I use the Bug & Tar Pad to wash the wheels/swingarm/mid-pipe/engine/shock/forks/etcÖ

Again, after I am satisfied these areas are clean I rinse them off and then rinse the entire bike off and then dry it with the chamois. After I get the bike dry, I take it off the rear stand and put it on the kickstand to let water drain from the lowers. After about 15 minutes of this, I take it in the garage and finish it off with Plexus.

Nice and clean.

You just canít get these areas this clean without washing the bike.
Should be noted soaking your bike like this you really need to re-lube your chain afterward. I always clean the chain before washing with kerosene and a grunge brush and lube after washing with Motul chain lube.
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