how to clean a bike (the basics):
1. DEGREASE. start at one end of the bike and work toward the other. approach this in a methodical way. i start be applying a degreaser to parts that attrach unwanted oily dirt; rear wheel, suspension linkages, and engine areas. i use a soft paint brush to do this. hard ones can damage the paint.
2. SOAP AND RINSE. clean degreaent off with a low-salt dertgent. normal household stuff often has a high alkaline content and can hasten corrosion. i use a soft spong to apply soapy water, and another to wash it off. then dry with cotton or chamois cloth. it's also good to do this in the shade, as the sun may cuase streaking.
3. LUBE / POLISH. places that you dont want to soak in water are thinks like the chain, piviot points, and other exposed moving parts. these are oiled for a reason and you dont want to wash that oil / grease off with out reappling it. your owners manula should have lube specs on things like the chain, throttle, brake line, etc. and of course we don't want to get any water down the exhuast. if you've got chrome, polish it often (well, actully any unprotected metal should polished). then finish up with wax on the paint jobs.
if you wanna get real tech, you can remove fairings and seat, silicon spray switches, check the grease on swingarm suspension, control pedals, etc and get out the tooth brush for hard to reach area's, etc.
did i miss anything?
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