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Post  Truck bandit on Mon 21 Jul 2014, 8:52 am

I was giving the Bandit a good clean yesterday over a few beers and I began wondering what others do when cleaning their machines.

What cleaning products do people use?
How often do they clean?
Are there any little tips and tricks that people have when cleaning?

Personally, I usually use a Quick Spray polish after most rides and maybe once a month or two I put on a proper Wax over all the plastic/ tank /visor and dials.
On the engine, i wipe it over with a rag after each ride and maybe every 2 months or so i use WD-40 over all the wheel rims , engine, exhaust and this keeps it pretty shiny and removes bugs and road grime.
Every 3-6 months I polish the exhausts with a metal polish (Autosol) and it restores them to a nice shiny finish (almost like new).

Cleaning it after every ride may seem a bit anal, but it really isn't that hard. Pretty much a spray and wipe over the plastic takes about 20 mins and I can do the engine/exhaust/wheels in about 20mins also. This is easily done over a few cold ones and I could easily double and triple that time if I want to get fastidious about it.

The only real major cleans I give it is after a few days riding on tour when a build up of bugs, road grime and if it has been raining, the baked on stuff on the exhaust is a chore, but the WD-40 cuts through well.

Tip:
:Always use a separate rag for the plastics and dash to the one you clean the engine and wheels with.

Share your ideas and tips.

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Re: Splish Splash Taking a Bath

Post  Jimmy the Boy on Mon 21 Jul 2014, 9:00 am

Put the Autosol in the back of a cupboard and go and buy " Purple Polish " by California Custom. It is THE best product on chrome/stainless any metal really. Nowhere near as abrasive as Autosol and better results. You will not be disappointed.
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Post  Hammy on Mon 21 Jul 2014, 9:46 am

After washing and drying, ALWAYS go over your fork tubes with a clean rag of WD40 or similar. It will stop all those nasty surface rust spots.

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Re: Splish Splash Taking a Bath

Post  #Tag on Mon 21 Jul 2014, 10:23 am

I only use rain water. (that's falling from the sky while I'm riding)
If you look at my avatar I don't even clean my teeth.
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Re: Splish Splash Taking a Bath

Post  Hammy on Mon 21 Jul 2014, 10:25 am

!Tag wrote:I only use rain water. (that's falling from the sky while I'm riding)

I can see that we are going to have a long and serious talk when I come down your way iTag.   Laughing

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Post  #Tag on Mon 21 Jul 2014, 10:27 am

Feel free to give it a go Hammy, but everyone else has given up on me.
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Post  Hammy on Mon 21 Jul 2014, 10:28 am

!Tag wrote:Feel free to give it a go Hammy, but everyone else has given up on me.

I'll try.   Rolling Eyes

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Re: Splish Splash Taking a Bath

Post  Bosco15 on Mon 21 Jul 2014, 10:59 am

I have found that Wurth Active Glass cleaner (foams up like oven cleaner) works a treat.  Firstly because its free and secondly I can spray it over everything and it seems to clean without any damage.  
Mostly clean my bike just before selling her.

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Post  Ewok1958 on Mon 21 Jul 2014, 11:25 am

@Hammy wrote:
!Tag wrote:Feel free to give it a go Hammy, but everyone else has given up on me.

I'll try.   Rolling Eyes

Looks like I might have to be included in the conversation also! !tag and I share the same approach to that cleaning task.  Hey !tag, I'll provide the earplugs! silent  silent
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Re: Splish Splash Taking a Bath

Post  #Tag on Mon 21 Jul 2014, 11:39 am

Hammy might need the earplugs when I start endlessly flapping my gums at him about how I polish my brake pistons, bolts, axles, suspension bushes and sliders to lens grinding tolerances but on the outside my bike looks like a bag lady.
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Post  gus on Mon 21 Jul 2014, 5:55 pm

A Stihl petrol blower after a wash . Dries where you can not get to and doesn't scratch .
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Re: Splish Splash Taking a Bath

Post  Jimcoleman on Mon 21 Jul 2014, 6:47 pm

Hammy i borrowed Tags bike awhile ago while he did some work on mine for me, when i got it home i though i would very generously remove the oem bugs and tar from it so i gave it a big wash, a polish and made it all sparkly and for my trouble i copped a gob full that i washed an then Tag proceeded to make like a dog and find some mud to roll in. so save your breath
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Post  Re-Cycled on Mon 21 Jul 2014, 9:15 pm

@Bosco15 wrote:I have found that Wurth Active Glass cleaner (foams up like oven cleaner) works a treat.  Firstly because its free and secondly I can spray it over everything and it seems to clean without any damage.  
Mostly clean my bike just before selling her.

Do we all need to get a job servicing automatic doors, then? Laughing

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Post  Bosco15 on Mon 21 Jul 2014, 9:34 pm

And that's just one of the perks.
Like free grape juice in your game.  Razz 

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Re: Splish Splash Taking a Bath

Post  Hammy on Tue 22 Jul 2014, 6:29 am

@Ewok1958 wrote:
@Hammy wrote:
!Tag wrote:Feel free to give it a go Hammy, but everyone else has given up on me.

I'll try.   Rolling Eyes

Looks like I might have to be included in the conversation also! !tag and I share the same approach to that cleaning task.  Hey !tag, I'll provide the earplugs! silent  silent

I'll bring the wine.   cheers   drunken   Sleep 

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Post  Hammy on Tue 22 Jul 2014, 6:37 am

@Bosco15 wrote:And that's just one of the perks.
Like free grape juice in your game.   Razz 

Bosco. I have a mate here on the island that does the same work as you. You two would have a great old time. Talking about all your "openings" and "closings".  Razz 

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Re: Splish Splash Taking a Bath

Post  buford_t_justice on Tue 22 Jul 2014, 10:57 am

A while ago I bought some Meguirs Quick Motorcycle Detailer, it works well and smells suspiciously like Windex (but about 5 times the cost) ...
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Post  Bosco15 on Tue 22 Jul 2014, 11:26 am

@Hammy wrote:
@Bosco15 wrote:And that's just one of the perks.
Like free grape juice in your game.   Razz 

Bosco.  I have a mate here on the island that does the same work as you. You two would have a great old time. Talking about all your "openings" and "closings".    Razz 

Wow. That would be paradise. There couldn't be too many autodoors on your island, could there?

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Post  Unclescum on Tue 22 Jul 2014, 12:15 pm

I'll second the petrol blower.
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Post  Hammy on Tue 22 Jul 2014, 12:49 pm

@Bosco15 wrote:
@Hammy wrote:
@Bosco15 wrote:And that's just one of the perks.
Like free grape juice in your game.   Razz 

Bosco.  I have a mate here on the island that does the same work as you. You two would have a great old time. Talking about all your "openings" and "closings".    Razz 

Wow. That would be paradise. There couldn't be too many autodoors on your island, could there?

Naaa. He works on the mainland. Hospitals and such.

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Post  Truck bandit on Fri 01 Aug 2014, 7:01 am

Some of those Quick Detailers can be expensive initially, but they sometimes last me between 9 - 12months, so over that period of time the expense can be justified.

I'd probably use the detailer every fortnight or so, throw in a Quick Wax every couple of months and do some metal polishing and the Bandit looks a treat!!!

Wiping down the wheels after every ride keeps the dust, chain lube and road grit and grim at bay and even keeps a shine on them!

Also, just wiping over the aluminium triple clamps, pegs, brake levers etc keeps any corrosion at bay and wiping around the fork stauntions stops and rust pitting taking place.

It sounds like a lot of work but if you do a little bit of wiping after each ride, it'll save doing a whole lot of cleaning every month!

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Post  sb1250 on Sat 02 Aug 2014, 11:17 am

I'll give the Bandit a wash when it blends into the garden I park next to at work!! Shocked  When this wash does happen I use turps on the wheels n swing arm, maquires car wash, and then chamois dry.

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