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Bike Washing Tips

Ok... This may sound a bit silly! But does anyone here have recommendations on how to wash your bike (without flooding it out). Products that you have had good experience with. Also something good to use on the rims to clean the tar and gunk off of them. I don't have chrome rims or anything just factory black. Which hide the caked on gunk on them really well. But I would like to clean my bike. It's seemling more difficult then doing my car!

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Washing your bike shouldn't flood it out. It's meant to handle the rain. For soap I'd recommend using car wash soap like turle soap that you can get from any auto store. it's cheap and better than something like hand soap. Most of the time I don't wash my bike, rather I spray it with honda spray polish and wipe it down. that stuff is awesome and it only takes a few minutes.

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Honda Polish...
Didn't they quit making that?
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No. they quit selling it in some states because of a ban on one of the chemicals. you can still get it here though

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Didn't they quit making that?
New formula in the market if you can not find the original stuff anymore. I had a friend clean out a cycle shop in Naperville cause they had it on clearance.

But back to the post... this is some of the best stuff out there to clean the bike - bar none! Mother's Qwik Detailer works well too but you may need something else for the baked on bugs for the windscreen. No need to "wash" unless you got caught in a mud puddle or somethin'.

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Car soap from Wal-Mart. Soft sponge from Wal-Mart. Maguires Wax...I think it's called liquid glass or something like that? Makes it look extremely clean. Everyone has there own way. I also avoid pressure washers too.

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I washed my bike for the first time after I got back from Deals Gap last weekend. Got caught in the rain and god knows what. Sprayed it down with the hose and used a wash mit with car wash soap. Sprayed the soap off and used Honda Polish to finish. Just like new again
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Anyone have good tips for cleaning the rims?

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Suzuki SPray cleaner.


Soak, spray it on, wait, hose it off.


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Anyone have good tips for cleaning the rims?
That's a great question that I need some tips on.

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Put bike up on front and rear stands for ease of wheel and left side claening.

Use a good quality car soap, (not dish soap as it strips wax) wet it down with hose (do not spray inside ram air ducts) wash bike with soapy wash mitt real good, clean wheels last as you dont want to spread the grease to the rest of the bike. now dry bike with leaf blower, then finish drying with Chamois. Now apply a coat or two of Zymol carbon wax and buff to a beautiful shine, with a cloth diaper thats been through the wash a few times. while still up on the rear stand, apply a lite coat of chain wax to the chain so it doesnt start to rust. I also like to use some WD-40 on a rag and wipe the wheels down, (but do not let it get on the tires)_




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Suzuki SPray cleaner.


Soak, spray it on, wait, hose it off.


Brilliantly good.


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I will have to try this stuff. Where can I get it?

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Anyone have good tips for cleaning the rims?
I use Orange Cleaner I picked up from Meijers and a hose. Cuts right through the grease. Spray on rub a little and hose off immdeiately. Repeat about five times. I tried using Plexus and Honda Polish, but it takes forever to get off all the grease.

On a side note, Plexus works better than Honda Polish and is better for your clear coat.

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I also like to use some WD-40 on a rag and wipe the wheels down, (but do not let it get on the tires)_
Or the brake rotors!

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I'm going to have to change my ways. I usually just wet it down making sure to not wet the chain, instrument cluster, ignition, or intakes as much as possible and then using a wash mitt with turtle soap. Then I rinse her off and let her air dry. Clean up the chain and toss on some chain wax and I call it done. I do need to clean my wheels though they have a good layer of grime and grease on them.

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I also like to use some WD-40 on a rag and wipe the wheels down, (but do not let it get on the tires)_
A HUGE +1 to that.

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1. Wash bike (dishwasher/car soap will do)
2. Use leaf blower to get water out of cracks
3. Wipe with MF towel
4. Ride around
5. Leaf blower again
6. Wipe down, preferrably MF towels
7. Honda Polish/Bug Tar remover on wheels
8. WD-40 chain, then apply chain wax afterwards
9. Ride bike around, let chain wax fling onto tail section
10. Honda Polish/Faviorite wax on body panels
11. Wipe down with clean MF towel

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If you're super anal, i use Meguire's scratch remover on the plastics, works great, then i apply a coat of wax (I've been using ICE on the bike recently, looks fantabufuckinglous) after Honda Polish. Of course, i only wash the bike once a year, since the bolts/nuts will rust.

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Anyone have good tips for cleaning the rims?
Armor All wheel cleaner and a scrub brush. It comes in a silver spray bottle. It works awesome, takes brake dust and crap right off. You do have to drag the hose out to rinse it off though.

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This is how I wash my bikes.

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Read Engine Cleaning thread, lots of good general advise there. I summarized my findings in the last post.

When washing the bike with a car soap make sure to get one WITHOUT wax additives. Some of them may leave slippery residue on the tires. I nearly crashed once because of it.

+1 on the Suzuki Motorcycle wash - this stuff is good... Also try comparable S100 motorcycle wash. I think CCC and many other dealers carry them both.

Honda Polish is very good but overrated. For example S100 works just as well if not better. Honda one is cheaper, though.

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Let me start out by saying you do not want to wash anything in the sun. For optimum results the paint must be cool to the touch.

1. Put bike on stand.
2. WD-40 and scrub the shit out of the chain while bike is in 1rst gear.
3. Wash off WD-40.
4. Spray down the whole bike with water.
5. Take 2 brushes (1 with harder bristles, 1 with softer bristles) and wash the wheels, fork tubes, radiator, around the rear shock, pegs, etc. and any lower engine parts that stick out. Do this twice.
6. Spray bike down again, and proceed to use microfiber wash mitt with Meguiars car wash on paint and upper body. Rinse wash mitt out between sections of course.
7. Do the lower body work last. Remember to rinse wash mitt out between panels/sides.
8. Spray down the whole bike again, rinsing everything off well.
9. Use Chamois to dry bike.
10. Ride bike around block.
11. Use Chamois to dry bike again.
12. Take a wet microfiber cloth and wipe down wheels.
13. Take pics of finished product.


Im not going to get into polishing and waxing unless anyone has a specific question. Maybe ABSOLUTnie can post some of the pics we took of my bike after the detail this past Saturday.
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Im not going to get into polishing and waxing unless anyone has a specific question. Maybe ABSOLUTnie can post some of the pics we took of my bike after the detail this past Saturday.
Dude, I don't think people want to see pics of you washing your bike sans shirt while wearing your black, stone-washed jean shorts.

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No. they quit selling it in some states because of a ban on one of the chemicals. you can still get it here though
Actually it's gone in all states. Some dealership ordered cases of it right before Honda stopped seling the original stuff. My local Honda dealership have about 6 cases left of the 30+ they bought a few months back.

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Dude, I don't think people want to see pics of you washing your bike sans shirt while wearing your black, stone-washed jean shorts.
Maybe ABSOLUTnie can post some of the pics we took of my bike after the detail this past Saturday.


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Please see the included link for pictures and a How To: Wash your bike

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