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Old April 22nd @ 10:00 am   #1
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From: The Devil's Playground

Motorcycle: Shift Red 2005 Yamaha YZF-R1
Hey all,

I'm sure I'm like most of all of you, I don't just roll my bike out into the driveway, hose it down and wash it with a sponge like you do your car or truck.

So, my question is...how do you clean your sportbike? What do you guys/girls use to clean it? What do you use to clean it/wipe it down with?

From riding back and forth to work on my bike, it builds up normal road grime on the lowers and front air damn (along with dust and crap all over the bike from it sitting in the parking lot). I was just wondering if there is anything you guys/girls normally use to clean your bike where you can spray it on and then just wipe it off with a clean rag.

Currently I've always just used warm water and a clean rag to wipe the grime away and just keep turning the second dry rag (usually an old clean t-shirt) when wiping it down, but I'm sure there is a better way and something that will cut through that grime much better and maybe even keep the plastics shiny/nice in the process.

Thanks for your time,
Mat

 
 
Old April 22nd @ 10:02 am   #2
Wheatie
 
I dunno what to use, I just throw on a g-string and suds its up *JK*
 
 
Old April 22nd @ 10:22 am   #3
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My bikes only get hose/water washed once a year....and that's when it's stripped bare. I just don't wash with water. You may have also noticed that my bike(s) are usually reasonably spotless.

I use, in the garage, wet towels, 409 surface cleaner, and lots of time. Afterwards, when all is nicey clean, I use either Plexxus or Protect All for polishing everything.

Ride and repeat.
 
 
Old April 22nd @ 11:49 am   #4
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From: bama

Motorcycle: repo'd
409 dosnt hurt your wax?
 
 
Old April 22nd @ 11:58 am   #5
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From: The Devil's Playground

Motorcycle: Shift Red 2005 Yamaha YZF-R1
Thanks Gleno for the input. I figured you'd have a cool "process".

However, I am also curious if 409 will mess up anything as Erik asked.

Miss Wheatie...I'll bring my bike right over.
 
 
Old April 22nd @ 12:29 pm   #6
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Dunno what 409 could possibly mess up?? It's justa mild cleaner. As for wax, it may remove some, but gets "rewaxed" every cleaning. My Gixx is about to hit 9K miles (hard to believe huh??), and everything looks good so far.

To elaborate....when I do my once a year "big clean". Everything but the forks, engine, swinger and wheels comes off. I use a very mild solution of SimpleGreen (which can harm painted plastics), and go after the entire bike hard, with fine brushes, rags, and a firm spray. I then bring it in the garage and blow every nook, cranny and orfice with compressed air. Carefully wiping every inch of everything, before reassembly. Then, I was all the bodywork witha mild soap solution, dry and hand wax it. Put it all back together and do a final wipe for fingerprints. This is what works for ME.....YMMV, IIRC, FWIW, IMHO, ATGATT, TIGTBSMFF, Etc.

Then I ride it straight to Az and get it covered in bugs again.
 
 
Old April 22nd @ 12:31 pm   #7
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Originally Posted by Wheatie
I dunno what to use, I just throw on a g-string and suds its up* * *JK*
Of course.....my whole process is about to change. Ima have a prospect come do my cleaning for a while.


 
 
Old April 22nd @ 12:33 pm   #8
 
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Originally Posted by Gleno
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wheatie
I dunno what to use, I just throw on a g-string and suds its up* * *JK*
Of course.....my whole process is about to change. Ima have a prospect come do my cleaning for a while.*


* *
Why, is a G-String on you gonna have the same effect?
 
 
Old April 22nd @ 12:46 pm   #9
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Originally Posted by Qbnito


Why, is a G-String on you gonna have the same effect?
Is that something you're interested in getting a look at Ricky?? C'mon....it's healthy to confess your true feelings man.
 
 
Old April 22nd @ 01:02 pm   #10
Wheatie
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gleno
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wheatie
I dunno what to use, I just throw on a g-string and suds its up *JK*
Of course.....my whole process is about to change. Ima have a prospect come do my cleaning for a while.


Roll it out here ahaha
 
 

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