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09-09-2002 03:01 PM
Smitty I would say cleaning a bike is ALMOST another question.
I know of riders that have never washed their bikes in 2 yrs & ONLY use Plexus!!, while other wash the bike down with automotive soap/water & use a good automotive wax on the petrol tank & fairing. Some will also use Simple Green (which is a bit tricky if one does not know how to use it) to clean around the sprocket & engine part. Some will also use any form of Plastic protectant on parts of the dash (the matt finish parts) to give it a bit of shine & so anything like Armor-All, 303, etc.
Also this is the answer to the fairing screen, but then so is Plexus which is Number One to many riders.
09-09-2002 07:05 AM
Originally posted by ferracci69
Rain sucks....especially when it's unexpected. It was a sunday morning, beautiful blue i go out and wash and wax the bike. I figured, well since i just washed the bike... why not go for a nice ride to the hour during the ride....damn, all of a sudden the skies turn gray and im caught in the rain.......i do mean heavy downpour. I pull over a gas station and wait to see if it clears but to my luck it just keeps on i said f$%k it and head home ....all drenched and hard as f$%k to see when riding. To make long story short Rain sucks!
Well, I've never riden in the rain and I don't plan to either. I do have a question for you re: washing and waxing. First and foremost, how do you wash a bike? I used soap and water to scrub the farings, seats, exhaust and other parts except the tach and LCD screen on my F4i. Is this right?
And as for waxing? where do you wax?
09-08-2002 05:14 PM
BikerChris: One can save costs ----

---with that large bandanna I have mentioned. Easy to carry, easy to clean, easy to tie on & it does the same job.
Fact is in the Spring sometimes I will pull it down from just below my nose to under the chin (like cowboys in past) & it will still offer some warmth. Still in prior positions it does what I say, plus the warmth. Besides so easy to have one folded up in a jacket or pocket or toolbox in my case.
09-06-2002 01:47 PM
BikerChris This is more based on cold rather than rain, but I thought I would share. I found out on my first ride in 40 deg F weather that my face would go numb after about 15 min. My solution was to wear a ski mask under my helm. It made my helmet comfortably snug, kept my breath off the visor, and kept my neck/face warm.

09-06-2002 08:31 AM
Ease of the dry weather speed & lean when ---

--it is raining. Remember one's brakes can be good or terrible when it is wet, Stay clear or greasy center part of the road & especially ANY painted parts of the road to even the yellow to white lines for the lanes. Now if it has not rained for a while, then the roads are really slick with the lst few hrs of rain. Thing is with sensible riding you can stay upright & work you way though the rain --- those on the coast are good riders in the rain.
Give yourself more space behind vehicles & best to ride behind a car rather then an 18-wheeler, van or truck as less crap coming off them.
The clean visor is a must & once moving at a sensible pace the crap will roll off if one turns head to left/right.
If that bandanna trick does not work, then move it up to cover the nose & try to breath DOWN so keep your mouth closed.
Bandanna will even ward off the COLD air working its way up into the helmet.
09-06-2002 08:19 AM
Smitty Can assure you Tony that a cotten bandanna is a lot easier on the skin then Duck Tape!!!!!
As for staying upright when it is raining & one is riding, I will wait till this Site is receiving better. I'm lucky the last one took & if this one are taken in.
Feel info from one that has been riding for 50+ yrs is a bit better then to one with just a few months riding experience.
09-06-2002 08:14 AM
Use a large bandanna to ward off fogging.

Have used this for 40+ yrs of Spring to cold Autumn riding.
Just think of how cowboys wear a bandanna, when moving cattle or horses, from just under the nose over the mouth & tied at the back of the head. No fogging in my case & one is always in my toolbox of each m/c.
09-05-2002 08:56 PM
BikerChris When I had my first bike, it was my only mode of transportation and I had to ride to work rain or shine. I had a motorcycle slicker suit that I would wear and it wasn't really that bad. It is quite a different experience to enjoy riding in the rain. Although, I have been caught a few times without the rain suit and that always sucks! If you are ducking down in a shower... it takes a millisecond after you sit up to get the front half soaked. There are some gloves out there that have a squeegie built onto the thumb or forefinger... I have also seen a thumb squeegie that you can slip on any pair of gloves. I have never used one ... mainly I either went faster or turned my head to the side. Wax works well on the visor. If you are gonna ride in the rain be very careful and take it easy on the front brake. PLEASE!

Take care and watch the cages

08-29-2002 08:46 PM
mac020 My Duc likes water! (not really) I donít mind riding in the rain as long as itís not a downpour or hail. I usually wear sunglasses under my visor so if Iím riding in the rain I raise the shield so it acts as a deflector and look under it. I think it works pretty well. Also I seem to ride faster than I should in the rain. Better to keep the cages behind you and the wind will clear the fog at higher speeds. The worst part about riding in the rain is the first 20 minutes after it starts. Watch out! The road is slick and the spray can be nasty. I think the worst part is the next day brakes are grabby and noisy after they dry. Also think Rain-x is made for glass only. Could be wrong though.
08-29-2002 05:35 PM
SpeedMachine: Answer lays in having a ---

---- clean visor that is waxed with any sort of plastic preservative, like SlipStream, normal Pledge, Armor-All, Plexus, & simply so many others.
I carry a container of one in each machine's tool compartment along with a decent clean cloth in preference to paper, though a soft paper to even toilet paper is better then nothing.
Just make sure visor is kept clean & waxed, WHICH means it is slipperly to the rain & crap throwen up from the cages. Trick is to trail behind a CAR & not a large truck, van, SUV or truck as less crap is throwen up.
At 60 KPH you can roll the head to left & right & 60% or more will simply roll off.
Lastly a clean visor will last some 6 yrs if you take care of it & that is basically the life of a good helmet.
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