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My bike hasn't seen soap for about a year. Chamois and warm water, followed by Honda Spray Polish & Cleaner when needed. If you keep your bike polished, all the bug guts, road tar, etc., wipes off with... get this... a chamois and warm water. ;)
I love love love the Honda polish. My shop told me they aren't making it anymore so I bought their last can. Now I feel like I need to ration it.
That rumour is 4+ years old. Don't worry, they're not going to stop making it any time soon.
 

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I just washed my bike for the first time since I bought it 2 1/2 years ago. I have just sold my condo and is crashing at the in-laws 'til I find a new place. So I took advantage of almighty "driveway" which I haven't had in years.

Just took car wash soap and a garden hose. The same procedure as my car. Bikes are meant to be able to withstand being ridden in the rain. So water from a garden hose won't hurt it. All I did was to take care not to spray water into the exhaust. The only casualty from the wash was the $2 black stick-on digital spot clock the previous owner had placed on the center of the speedo. So I took the opportunity to "upgrade". I bought another cheap $2 digital watch and filed the mounts for the bands down, and placed it in the same spot. This time, it's in "kawasaki green"!! ;D
 

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Keep it out of the dryer after washing to avoid shrinkage or this could happen

lol. Hmm...that may be good in terms of saving me some garage space.
 

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Just remember dish soap strips the wax coating off your paint... if you wax your bike. It sure does a good job with the grease and gunk, you just have to remember to re-wax afterwards.

Also Purple Power, as I found out last night, really drys your skin out of you happen to have any prolonged skin contact with it. My hands are all sorts of dryed out now. I've been using more hand lotion than Quagmire after having discovered internet porn.
 
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Just remember dish soap strips the wax coating off your paint... if you wax your bike. It sure does a good job with the grease and gunk, you just have to remember to re-wax afterwards.
And for the love of Gawd, never let dish soap dry on a painted surface. Soap up and rinse off ASAP.
 
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Swiftfox said:
Just remember dish soap strips the wax coating off your paint... if you wax your bike. It sure does a good job with the grease and gunk, you just have to remember to re-wax afterwards.

Also Purple Power, as I found out last night, really drys your skin out of you happen to have any prolonged skin contact with it. My hands are all sorts of dryed out now. I've been using more hand lotion than Quagmire after having discovered internet porn.
Get a box of cheap vinyl or latex gloves to wear while cleaning, changing oil, etc.
 

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Swiftfox said:
Just remember dish soap strips the wax coating off your paint... if you wax your bike. It sure does a good job with the grease and gunk, you just have to remember to re-wax afterwards.

Also Purple Power, as I found out last night, really drys your skin out of you happen to have any prolonged skin contact with it. My hands are all sorts of dryed out now. I've been using more hand lotion than Quagmire after having discovered internet porn.
Good to know. Wasn't aware dish soap strips wax.
 

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A good alternative to wax would be an acrylic or a polymer, I use Klasse All In one for the bike and my daily driver. It goes on and off easier than carnauba wax and will out last most waxes, I won't say every wax because we all have a wax we stand by.

Dish liquid won't strip an acrylic or polymer. I like citrus based cleaners because they tend to be safe for all finishes and do a good job.
 

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Swiftfox said:
Just remember dish soap strips the wax coating off your paint... if you wax your bike. It sure does a good job with the grease and gunk, you just have to remember to re-wax afterwards.

Also Purple Power, as I found out last night, really drys your skin out of you happen to have any prolonged skin contact with it. My hands are all sorts of dryed out now. I've been using more hand lotion than Quagmire after having discovered internet porn.
Simple Green is really good for getting that dried up lotion off your hands. Just don't use it on... >.>
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Use your wife / girlfriend's mascara remover (Or yours if you're into the guyliner) to get the chain goo and other random tar like stuff off. When you think about it mascara is really just high grade road tar.
 

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I recently used Motul bike wash for the first time. Comes in a spray bottle that would seem big enough for 3 or 4 uses. Not sure how much it costs because it was a gift. Spray on a hosed down bike and let sit a couple of minutes. Use on every part, seat, tires, paint windshield. It reminds me of Spray 9 in that it starts to lift dirt grime on contact and turns brown. Rinse off well even though it says it won't streak cause it will a bit.

I like it because it makes it easier to clean the hard to get spots around the engine etc.
Riding, maintenance=good. Cleaning=bad.
 

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Mad Matt said:
Use your wife / girlfriend's mascara remover (Or yours if you're into the guyliner) to get the chain goo and other random tar like stuff off. When you think about it mascara is really just high grade road tar.
Come on, now!! That stuff's a bit pricey to clean your chain with!
 

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Washing Carefully

For instance, washing the paint cautiously utilizing a pH adjusted, non-cleanser vehicle wash cleanser utilizing a perfect, delicate, excellent wash glove that is delicate to the touch and utilizing both of these apparatuses utilizing master strategy will expand how long a layer of wax will last.

At the point when you wash your vehicle, don't utilize a typical dish cleanser, clothing cleanser, or family cleaners. They strip waxes and could harm the vehicle's completion.

In case you're in a rush, simply wash the most apparent areas of your vehicle.
A mud bar intended for a vehicle is somewhat grating and will shear off over the-surface pollutants.
https://zanove.com/how-often-should-you-wash-your-car
 

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Really 38 posts 39 counting this one on how to wash a bike

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