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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-23-2006, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning your bike..

How do you clean your bike? Do you spray it down or do use a bucket or zome sort of cleaner? Also, what kind of degreaser do you use? I always get some grease on the rear wheel after I lube the chain..

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On the body I just use any quick detailer type cleaner. For the wheels I use Mr. Clean Magic Erasers and a bowl of water. Those things work wonders. Then I just wipe the wheels dry and never go near the bike with a hose.

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I haven't had occasion to clean mine yet, but I assume I'll go the scrub with a bucket and carwashhandmopthing, then hose it down method. It doesn't seem there's anything too terribly exposed to water, as I've left it in the rain on occasion (Hence not needing to really wash it that badly :-P I do grease the chain after though) so it shouldn't hurt it, I'd think
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Just dipped in the Pool and then let it dry for a few days.
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I just use honda spray and a rag.

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my bike has never seen water, I dont ride in the rain or on wet roads so that helps, I use Mequires Quick Detailer every few rides, I use Mequires NXT Tech wax every other week also and clean the plastic, wheels etc. with Armor All cleaner wipes (not the shine shit!)
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And in reward for your great effort, I bet you a dollar you're going to end up covered in manure, a la Back to the Future
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Bucket + hose + (sponge + soap) = clean bike

I figure it can't much wetter with the hose than it does when I get caught in some of our rainstorms down here.
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post #10 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-23-2006, 11:46 PM
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WD-40 is your friend. I use it on the rims, esp. the rear where all the crap from the chain and rear sprocket fling to. Honda Spray 'n Polish after washing it down using a conventional car wash solution. Glass cleaner on windshield and mirrors.

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I use soap and water, and honda polish.

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Awesome thread. I've been wondering the exact same thing.

So far... I just use the Honda cleaner/polisher, but I'm not sure if I was suppose to wash it down like a car (water hose, bucket, and soap). Oh and I too use WD-40 on the rims... works really really well!

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Forgot to ask, but is it okay to use the Honda cleaner on metal parts? Like the chassis/frame, transmisson cover, ect...

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Another Honda polish & rag user here.
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I prefer a steam cleaner. Very low pressure warm water can work wonders. Here are a couple of warnings

1 Dont use a pressure washer
2 Plug all intake and exhaust openings
3 Only spray from directly in front or directly behind the bike. Spray coming from the side will wash out the wheel bearings
4 Avoid the console and other electrical items
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Originally Posted by Scott_R6
my bike has never seen water, I dont ride in the rain or on wet roads so that helps,
WEll..sheit. Arn't you ever on a local road that has the sprinklers on? At night it seems like they are almost everywhere!

Chain lube fling I use Simple green works awsome. Rest of the bike I'd just do the bucket of soapy stuff then some quick detail.
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