Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Kitchener, Ontario Canada N6C5B9
depends on you I think
Hey been riding for about 5 years now.. on my 3rd bike.. (1 resold, 1 stolen and now my baby is locked up safely at night)
I use mothers car wash to wash the bike.. hot water and mothers.. and a sponge to get the road grime off.. alot of water to rinse it away, and then a shammy to wash it well.. I then use clean water and a fresh shammy to rinse it off..
I have a "thing" for carnuba wax... I usually put like 2-3 coats on every time.. only take about an hour total to wash and wax.. but worth it.
I have some showroom shine (different than armorall.. but essentially does the same thing).. and I use that on the seats and the black plastic it removes any wax that got on it and shines it up nice... I dont' have a fender eliminator, so I use it on the fender as well.. makes it look shiney black..
other than that I cover it when not riding,, and usually use honda shine in between wash and wax.. and I use the wax on plastic and metal (not aluminum.. just ferring and tank)
works well for me.. the bugs wipe right off after a ride and I have noticed the odd stone that will stick to the wax.. not making it to the paint.. mind you very small stones we're talking about here..
I pretty much do the same on my car and it works well for me..
these other guys use just the honda shine, and it does the trick for sure, but I like the added protection of a few layers of wax..
just buff it up in between coats..
but I ultimately think it's up to you the rider.. I don't mind throwing in a few bucks for good wash and wax and time to make my ride shine.. but every one thinks differently on everything, some think there's no need for the layers of wax.. I figure it's just an extra protection from small stones and the like..
but if you'd rather spend your time riding than waxing, jsut use the honda spray and don't cry if you get a few swirls or chips...
the windshield is a B*t*h!! I have found that on my bikes too.. no matter how careful you are, get swirls in the plastic...sucks in my opinion.. but yes there are products to even get rid of those.
wish we could avaid them all together though.. cheers everybody.. can't wait till this weather gets better and the road clear off.. I got the bug!!
it's not the bike that's fast my friend.