How to Properly Wash Your Motorcycle in 9 Easy Steps

March 26, 2018 14 Comments

How to Properly Wash Your Motorcycle in 9 Easy Steps

We all love taking our bikes for a spin and feeling the wind in our hair. But we’re not too crazy about what comes after cleaning it! Good thing we have 9 tips that make everything a lot easier!

 

#1 Have a designated washing space.

Don’t wash your bike on the street or unit driveway since it can pose as a danger to passersby. If possible, do it right on your lawn so you can water your grass at the same time.

 

#2 Make sure you have everything you need.

Take out all of the cleaning products you’ll need, including your detergent, engine cleaner, bucket, microfiber towels, and WD40. Also make sure that you remove everything that you don’t want to get wet, such as your GPS, luggage, and tank bags.

 

#3 It’s good to wash regularly.

Don’t leave that squashed bug or splattered mud on your bike for too long. Otherwise, they’re going to cause permanent blemishes on your paintwork. Bugs on your radiator will also cause it to overheat. So make it a habit to wash your motorcycle on a regular basis. But don’t overdo it! Washing your bike too frequently will cause issues, such as oil and fluid leaks or premature damage.

 

#4 Use appropriate cleaning products and tools.

Using the right cleaning product will make a world of difference. Stay away from all-purpose housecleaning or abrasive products as these can damage your bike’s protective coating and chrome parts. Make sure that the detergents you use have a pH between 6 and 8 and that it’s safe to use on all kinds of paint.

Make sure you have separate cleaning rags and sponges for different areas. Use a sponge to clean grease off the wheels and another one to wipe off the seat to avoid grease transfer. Also, don’t underestimate the power of an old toothbrush to remove grime from hard-to-reach spots.

 

#5 High-pressure cleaning for hard-to-remove gunk.

Be very careful when using high-pressure cleaning tools. While it can be great for hard-to-reach places and stubborn debris, it can also force water into places it’s not supposed to be and cause corrosion. Make sure that you are equipped with the know-how to handle high-pressure cleaning tools and stay away from electronics, chains, brakes, and all other delicate areas. Focus on the wheels and body instead.

 

#6 Make sure everything is dry.

When water gets inside places it’s not supposed to be, it can corrode your bike’s gears. With a clean microfiber cloth, wipe off all the leftover water on your bike to avoid any streaks. You can even ride it around the block to dry off all remaining water on the body and inside the brakes.

 

#7 Pay close attention to all details.

As you’re wiping off your bike with your soft microfiber cloth, make sure you didn’t miss any spots. This also helps you target problem areas so you can address them accordingly.

 

#8 To wax, or not to wax?

Motorcycles usually have a plastic or lacquer coating, which makes them easily susceptible to scratches. You can avoid this by opting for good quality soft waxes with UV protection properties. To make sure that your wax won’t leave any permanent damage, wipe them on an area that’s mostly out of sight. Once you’re done waxing, let it dry before you buff it out with a lint-free cloth.

 

#9 Don’t forget lube!

WD40 is used to remove excess water and get rid of excess grease. However, because of its water dispelling capabilities, it doesn’t make for a good lubricant. Use the dedicated silicon or oil products to replenish lost lubrication on hinges, chains, cables, and levers.


14 Responses

Jim Williams
Jim Williams

September 11, 2018

I ordered my leg bag quite a while ago and still haven’t received it,just send it or cancel my credit card payment. I will delegate this site.

Duane
Duane

July 06, 2018

I purchased the leg bag from here and although it took quite a while to get it, the quality was just fine. I believe much of their stuff comes from China so it will take a while to get to you. Patience is a virtue.
As far as the bike cleaning goes, some good advice in there. For me, I like Simple Green. Spray in on, let it sit for a few minutes and wash it off. I suppose. you could call it the Reader’s Digest cleaning.

Ronald S.
Ronald S.

June 12, 2018

For extending life on my Bike, I never use water to wash it! Us a waterless option, and is he new ceramic coating finish that can be applied keeps it perfectly dirt free!

Andy Kay
Andy Kay

June 05, 2018

I bought the water sprayer and daily pill box and was disappointed with both. If these didn’t come from your company, please accept my apologies

Tom Lewellen
Tom Lewellen

May 20, 2018

Im reading some complaints about products and delivery. I can honestly say that i have nothing but great correspondence from Kris and Warren.

Tom Lewellen
Tom Lewellen

May 20, 2018

Thanks for the tips. I buy a spray and wax cleaner called original from Highland Cycle in Highland ca. Its amazing and the shop is run by great couple Paul and Wendy McMichels.

Tony L Petoscia
Tony L Petoscia

May 10, 2018

So you guys are telling me that I may not receive my order

Tony L Petoscia
Tony L Petoscia

May 09, 2018

So you guys are telling me that I may not receive my order

Eddie
Eddie

May 08, 2018

hi

Susan i am in your same situation i made an order three months back and i am still waiting for delivery . I cant recommend this site to anyone its pathetic that my order has not reached and i don’t understand why they have not contact me or advise me of delivery,This is my first time and last i use this website.

Regards

Eddie

Ray Wheeler
Ray Wheeler

May 08, 2018

After I wash my bike. I use a leaf blower to air dry my bike. THEN I use a micro fiber towel. Cuts drying time and you won’t get surprised when you ride it…like a shower from the water you missed.

Donald
Donald

May 08, 2018

Stupidly written article with equally stupid images. Go to Howstuffworks for better quality article on this topic.

Susan Pond
Susan Pond

May 07, 2018

I have ordered and paid for a shoulder bag almost 3 months ago. I have never received the bag. I have had on going conversations with someone called Mark…he tells me he’s very sorry I haven’t received this item. He has assured me he will send another..yet I never receive my item. I would like to have my item or at least have my money back..thank you for your time. Susan Pond

Pierre Babin
Pierre Babin

March 27, 2018

It’s a good job specially when you got a lots of chrome but with the whrit product it’s not too bad

Amante Camilleri
Amante Camilleri

March 27, 2018

Very helpful. ☺

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