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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-10-2006, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Need to do a thorough cleaning....

I'm ashamed to say it, but I clean my bike fairly infrequently, and usually just with a warm washcloth...... but its looking a bit dirty, and I'm going out for the week on a serious ride with some friends, need to get it cleaner than a swimmers snatch, whats some good items/ideas for cleaning the grease, bugs, and getting a bad ass shine on?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-10-2006, 10:24 AM
 
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I would start with soap and hot water and a cheese cloth to get all the chunky stuff off. Once its fairly smooth, use a regular sponge and get the dirt. Dry it with a terry cloth or a shammy. After that, go at any spots with turtle wax polishing compound. Then hit it with some nice liquid wax. I use Meguirs, but only because I just happen to have a bottle. For the frame, hit it with a fairly high pressure hose to get the grease and gunk off, then wipe it with a rag for the rest. If it's still not up to snuff, you can use mother's polish on it, unless its chrome, then use a chrome polish. I usually washed my bike once a week and did all of this every two weeks. It never took me over an hour and a half, so its a quick way to get a nice shine to it. I'm sure there are better ways to get a better shine, but this is my easy way for a good shine
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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.

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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.
I do the same, so your not alone. I think its the wheelie crowd that seems to have the biggest beef with Armor All.
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For a basic clean, warm to hot soapy water and a good washing cloth works for me too.

If I want to get serious, I lay out a tarp and pull all of the fairings and panels off the bike, wash them individually and then polish them individually also.

I then go over the engine, chain, etc with a spray bottle of kerosene and use a high-pressure hose to blast off all of the gunk.

Kero on a soft scourer is used to clean the wheels, ensuring that it's all sprayed off and doesn't remain on my brakes or tyres. Washing the tyres with soapy water and a sponge makes sure all kero residue is gone, too.

Put the bike back togehter, lube the chain and Bob's your uncle.




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Hi kypdurron62-

Remember to check the cool Detailing subforum on SportbikeWorld.com for great insights on cleaning and polishing!

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I do the same, so your not alone. I think its the wheelie crowd that seems to have the biggest beef with Armor All.
For damn good reason
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Simple Green all the way. I use it to de-bug and de-grime the heavy stuff. Obv. no tank or fairings, but the stuff does wonders for the rims and brakes. And its biodegradeable too.

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How did you know that Bob was my uncle?!?!
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As you get to be an old sod, like myself, you think you pretty well know so much. What the young people come up with is something you had tried in prior yrs.

It took me just one year to start using CONCENTRATED GUNK & not the stuff you see at most automotive stores. Af first I was getting my from the UK, but mind you the tip-off came from some flat tracing friends & Harley-Davidson sole it. It was so easy with 20% coal-oil or sometimes I would use old petrol.

Anything else was usless. STILL what drove me crazy & many others were the bright coloured wheels on our sportbikes especially WHITE ones. So many of us complaind continually with m/c reps that finally in '97 most bikes were with BLACK wheels which was such a relief.

Two late teen age kids said they had the answer from a cousin in the automotive business. Reluctantly I walked out of the m/c shop to look at their two bikes. What sent my staggering was the wheels & all around were sparkling clean. At first I could not believe in what they called it. Okay so it was called Simple Green & while I visited a big store yes they had it, but it did not do as easy a job as they claimed. Then I realized I was using the Simple Green for kitchen use or general cleaning.

When I latched onto the AUTOMOTIVE Simple Green THERE was the answer.

Proof that then being in the m/c business from '46 till '89 I did not have ALL the answers.
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A few things I do is I have a few old large rags & shove one into the exhaust can end with a knot on it so water will not run down into the exhaust system. Secondly I keep the water hose away from the electronics otherwise you might end up with electronical problems. Before I start any cleaning I use Brake Cleaner as I get rid of most of the crap. The SG will do the rest. Finally I start up the bike afterword to make SURE the bike will start up & natch will have pulled out the knoted up rag in the outlet of the exhaust pipe.
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