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Old 02-13-2006, 11:22 AM   #1
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Take Care of da all important Gear !!!!

*** Note: Cleaning leather is a dangerous game. Cleaning can change the color or appearance of the leather. Always test the cleaning on a small invisible patch of leather before proceeding on the whole item. Avoid products like mink oil, shoe polish and waxes when cleaning leather garments. ***


There are many threads on maintaining a healthy bike, but not many on the vital gear that protects your body. This will help you get your money’s worth out of your protection.

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Leather Suits, Jackets, Pants, Gloves, leather on boots
With proper care and cleaning, leather (suits, jackets, gloves, etc…) can last a long time. Without proper cleaning of your leather, it will dry out and crack or split. The easiest way to clean leathers is to hand wash them.
- Fill your bath tub with luke warm water, and add mild or moisturizing soap to the water.
- Hand massage the leathers for at least 5 minutes and allow them to soak in the water for at least 10 minutes
- THOUROUGHLY rinse the leather free of water and soap
- Allow the leathers to almost dry completely without the aid of a hot blow dryer
- You can hang dry the leathers outside but be careful of the suns harmful UV rays
- It is very important to condition the leather once the leather surface is dry to the touch

Washing your leathers without soaking them
- Place a small amount of a gentle, moisturizing soap such as Dove on a damp cloth and bring it to a light lather.
- Rub the damp cloth on the leather without putting too much water on the leather.
- Wipe away lather with a fresh damp cloth. Don't rinse the leather in water.
- Polish leather with a dry towel.
- Treat leather with a leather conditioner after the surface is dry to the touch.

Removing Spots from Leather
- When removing spots from leather, always test any cleaning method on an out-of-the-way spot first.
- One tip for removing spots from leather is to dip a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol and rub the spot. This can work for removing ink spots as well
- If this doesn't work, you can use non-oily cuticle remover
- To remove normal spots from leather, use the following:
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1 part cream of tarter
- Simply work the paste into the spot with a soft cloth, and if soils remain after working it in, let it sit for a few hours. Come back and apply a little more paste, work it in and wipe clean.
- Water spots can be removed from leather by moistening the area again with a little water, let it dry or gently blow dry. Never place leather in the sun to dry.
- To remove road salt from leather (could be on shoes, coat, etc.), use the following:
  • 1 part water
  • 1 part white vinegar

- Take a cloth and dip into the solution, blot over the shoes or coat lightly to remove the salt. You may have to do this several times to clean the entire surface. When you finish they should look almost like new. Be sure to wipe leather shoes with a damp cloth frequently, and keep them well polished with a paste.

Recommended Cleaning / Conditioning Products:
Calsportbike.com – Spidi Leather care kit
Solomotoparts.com – Motorex Cleaner / Protectant
USSuperbikes.com – Randy sells Joe Rocket, Alpinestars, ProClean 1000, Mothers, Motorex products
Wilson Leathers
http://www.furniturestuff.com
Leather Magik

You can ship your leathers away for primo service!
Vanson Leathers Cleaning Service

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Boots
Boots should be inspected of all flaws: Velcro stitching, heal glue (if applicable) , zippers, toe/heal sliders, vent system, upper, shift pad, ankle protection…

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Gloves
Gloves should be inspected of all flaws: knuckle protection, leather wear on the palms and fingers, flap reinforcements, seams and stitching, Velcro…

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Helmet
Probably the most important piece of your gear. Helmets should be kept clean and dry. Do not store it in extreme hot or cold environments. Keep helmets away from petroleum products or other corrosives as they can severely damage the inner liner. Even dropping a helmet a few feet off the ground can compromise its structural integrity. We recommend storing the helmet in a helmet bag to help protect it. You can buy a helmet bag / sack at any one of our local shops.

You should replace your helmet every five years. However, the five-year rule is only a guideline. Remember, the consequences of accidents can be violent and permanent. As a result, only helmets that are in top condition should be worn in competition. Replace your helmet if it is involved in an accident or shows any signs of structural damage. Even the best materials deteriorate over time. When in doubt, replace it.

General
After a ride, immediately clean the helmet. The longer you leave bug guts, debris, and other matter on your helmet, the more damage it can do. It also makes it harder to clean off.

Interior / Lining
It is recommended to use a mild ammonia and soapy water solution. If the liner can be removed, do so and clean. An alternative would be to use an product like Motorex’s liner cleaner or bike bright.
Solomotoparts - Motorex's liner cleaner
calsportbike.com - Bike Bright

Face Shield
Do not use paper towels or thinners of any nature. A mild soapy detergent (preferably sprayed on) and a soft rag will be enough to clean the shield. On our chrome shields the rag must be extremely soft and no harsh rubbing action should be used (pat it dry). If a visor strip is applied to a chrome shield it cannot be removed without damaging the coating. Use extreme care and absolutely no solvents.

Shell
Shining / cleaning the shell of your helmet is a personal preference. Many riders treat the shell like a car, and use car paint cleaners / wax to protect and give it that extra shine. You can also use Motorex, Bike Bright, or other helmet products.

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Under Armor
Underarmor makes riding more comfortable and keeps you cool. Wash your underarmor in luke warm water and tumble dry low. DO NOT use fabric softener. Fabric softener takes away the underarmor sweat-wicking properties that help you stay cool. When in doubt, follow the care instructions on the product.



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Old 02-13-2006, 11:30 AM   #2
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I would just ride in the rain...but I guess all that other stuff would work to.
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Armoral Leather Cleaner. Otherwise it doesn't really matter after you slide through a few corners. :eh:
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Oh... forgot about the helmet. Warm rag.
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