Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Plant City, FL, USA, 33566
I wouldn't worry to much about washing your bike. They are built to survive riding in heavy rain, I've done it, so a wash isn't going to hurt. I would plug your exhaust though. Just take some siran (sp) and a rubber band and cover the outlet on the slip-on just to make sure you don't get water in it, if you do, its not likely to hurt much, just better not to. Make sure your fuses are covered under your seat. Mine sit in a little plastic box with a lid on them and that does a pretty good job at keeping the water out, if water get on them the worst that happens is they pop and you need to replace them, a big $3. As for the rest, just wash it with regular car was and wax it with whatever you please. I use Miguirars (sp) wax wich does a pretty good job, but its just personal prefferance. If its your first wax, you might compound the whole bike to make sure the old crap is off and that any minor imperfections don't get waxed on. The only HUGE no no when washing a bike is DO NOT USE TIRE SHINE! Don't use any kind of tire cleaner, they are designed for cars, a bikes tires are suppose to stick to the road and the shine makes them slippery and will cause you to wreck. Some people don't like to use Armor All on their seats, I use it though. It does make the seat a little more slick until it soaks in, but as long as your not out stunting, I haven't had a problem with it. Make sure you lube your chain as well. I washed my bike once a week, and lubed it right afterwards. The soap and water can, usually won't, but can wash off the lube on the chain. Spray your chain down and let it sit over night so it can soak in and won't splatter all over your clean bike when you go to ride. If you do ride right after washing your bike, take it VERY easy, your tires will be slick from the soap and water and won't warm up and stick as easily as they normally would. If you clean any of the aluminum of magnesuim on your bike, go and get a can of Mothers aluminum and mag polish. It will perk it right up. Just don't use it on any chrome because it will scratch the crap out of it. Thats about all I can think of. Don't worry to much about it, its just a bath for your bike. While a bike may look fragile compared to a car, and can be a bit more finicky, they are very durable and a little bit of water won't hurt them.
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