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when it comes to cleaning time..............

like everyone ive seen plenty of bikes out there that are used on a daily basis and as you'd expect, they look like shit. but theres a small group out there that ride all the time, even in bad weather and their bikes are immaculate. i mean factory clean.

id love to be able to do this but some of those guys must spend hours and hours every week to keep their bikes like this, i mean the condition of some of these bikes look like the owners gone over them with a toothbrush.

i was talking to Sp1jock about this and he agreed with me that they prob use a steam cleaner. thats good news cos i know someone that has one

it that way to go? if not whats your guys technique for keeping it mint clean?

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To me nothing beats a good detergent soap and scalding hot water for the exterior. For engine detailing I use a power washer and some simple green (carefully)

To keep the outside looking and protected: Honda Cleaner(Original Formula), Mothers Wax for the tank only and Maxima Silicone SC1



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Having an air compressor so you can blow-dry your bike cuts a LOT of time off of the cleaning and drying.

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I only ride when it's nice out...I know I'm a fair weather rider, but when you've been riding mc's for 39 years and 31 years on the street you get tired of cleaning. Most dirt and road grime comes from the rain being kicked up by the vehicles around you.

My best solution is just to not ride in the rain. I've got enough on my plate as it is to have to be cleaning all the time. But that's just me...don't get me wrong I don't cower when it rains but I do own a car and I will ride if I have too but I prefer the sunny days.



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what about steam cleaning? any do's and donts?

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I would avoid steam cleaning, it is a bit agressive, had a mate that bought a mint looking triumph a few years back, almost every bearing on it was shagged and the chain broke, we concluded it had been steam cleaned or jet washed on a regular basis, reckon it forces water into wheel bearings, shock links etc.
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good old fashion garden hose?

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so thats the way to go, glad i asked. some of those little nooks and cranies are hard to get to and i aint using a toothbrush.

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like everyone ive seen plenty of bikes out there that are used on a daily basis and as you'd expect, they look like shit. but theres a small group out there that ride all the time, even in bad weather and their bikes are immaculate. i mean factory clean.

id love to be able to do this but some of those guys must spend hours and hours every week to keep their bikes like this, i mean the condition of some of these bikes look like the owners gone over them with a toothbrush.

i was talking to Sp1jock about this and he agreed with me that they prob use a steam cleaner. thats good news cos i know someone that has one

it that way to go? if not whats your guys technique for keeping it mint clean?
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so thats the way to go, glad i asked. some of those little nooks and cranies are hard to get to and i aint using a toothbrush.
The reason some bikes always look clean is that some owners stay on top of keeping their bike clean. It is easy to keep a clean bike clean, compared to cleaning a dirty bike that is rarely cleaned. Stuff comes off so much easier and quicker etc.

My bikes are pretty clean, probably a downplayed statement too. It is much easier to clean a bike right after a ride in the rain, or weekly when in good weather, rather than letting crap build up over time and then trying to get it off. When one stays on top of cleaning it really only takes minutes to do. Hot water or steam isn't necessary.

Some basic cleaning tools make all the difference too. Some degreasers, cleaners, polishes, and the correct rags, detailing brushes and toothbrushes make all the difference. Using cleaners and polishes help to prevent or minimize dirt buildup over time. A quick cleaning of tight spots with a toothbrush takes a few seconds, but with a rag will take a minute or longer, often with poor results.

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