I get lined up with a home garden hose and AUTOMOTIVE Simple Green which is more powerful then General Purpose. Trick on this is hit one part with water then Simple Green---leave it for a minute or two, then hit it with the hose again. Good chance that most the the crap will have come off the bike. If not then hit it again with Simple Green, after all you already have water on it, again wait a minute or two & the hose again. That will remove the grit & grease from the rear wheel & sprocket area.
Do not wet the complete bike & then go all over applying Simple Green. Just a proportion at the time. Like rear wheel area on the left, then rear wheel area on the right, up to the front wheel to do both sides---like one at a time.
Look the bike over & you will see partss of the engine that need the same so now you can hit them.
I do not apply Simple Green INTENTIALLY to the fairing, petrol tank & such. Accidently it has been splashed & no damage in the few yrs I have been using it like back in '89.
You can use a bit of automotive soap along with water to the other parts & I wipe it down with a chamois. Then you can use any wax you have hanging around.
To put a bit of gloss on the cockpit area from the top of the fairing out to the clocks & all use a bit or Armor All though do not smear it all over the bike let alone the wheel.
I do the saddle ----obviously to the shock of others----but have been doing this almost since Armor-All came on the market. If others go to sit on your bike they will slide off to the other side so you have to know what you are doing in said case.
You see in the twisties I tend to slide a bit of my rear end off to the inner side of the sharp bend & back to the other side so I want to scoot fast, without having to lift my butt above the saddle, & Armor All lets me.
Last edited by Smitty; 07-10-2006 at 11:00 AM.