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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 09-10-2012, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning products and tips

Hi everyone. I am new to the cruiser bike scene. I've had a couple crotch rockets back in the day but never a chromed up cruiser. My question is what do you guys/gals use to clean your rides? Any tips or tricks used would also be greatly appreciated. I know it's a matter of just spending some time cleaning but sure some of you long time owners have little tricks you use to keep them looking showroom condition. Thanks

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Melted rubber/plastic on the exhaust seems to be the most recurring question.
I have had good luck with EZ-off oven cleaner. Spray it on (I have heard to keep it off your paint) leave it for a couple hours then scrub a little. Repeat if necessary. Works well. I have also heard that magic erasers work, and 000 steel wool.

There are a lot of products for you windshield, and depending on what material it is, several products that you should not use. Do a search and enjoy.
I use soapy water only, and wash it lightly several times during a regular wash; by the time I am done with the bike, the shield is clean as a whistle. When the shield gets enough bugs to need to be cleaned; I figure it is time to wash the entire bike.

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Lemon Pledge. Seriously!

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I've had luck with scrubbing bubbles for spokes. ;-)


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Honda cleaner / wax for the bright parts, and Plexus for the windshield. EZ Off for the pipes when needed. Tried Pledge and it worked fine too.
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So lemon pledge for the pipes? Never would have thought to try that. Any suggestions on what to use to detail the engine compartment? Like brushes or something small to get in the tight spots. Thanks for the replies. Keep em coming. I'm taking notes.
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So lemon pledge for the pipes? Never would have thought to try that. Any suggestions on what to use to detail the engine compartment? Like brushes or something small to get in the tight spots. Thanks for the replies. Keep em coming. I'm taking notes.
A baby bottle brush is good to clean the fins.

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Lemon Pledge. Seriously!
+1 I give one thorough wash/wax in the spring, another late fall, and all in between cleaning is done with microfiber towels and lemon Pledge. All my riding buddies laugh and ask me if I ever ride the bike, since it stays so clean and SHINY, but the odometer always tells the tale. Best thing of all, I can keep that odometer ROLLING by spending a whole 15 minutes a week...

It adds shine to the seat, keeps that freshly waxed look on the paint, takes bugs off the shield, adds rain "sheeting" to the shield and lights, and shines the chrome! I even use it on my FF helmet during the colder months, and it helps a tad with the smell too. LOL

For the thorough washes, a bottle brush works magic in those hard to reach areas and the fins.

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A baby bottle brush is good to clean the fins.

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Thanks for that info. I'll definitely pick one up.
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+1 I give one thorough wash/wax in the spring, another late fall, and all in between cleaning is done with microfiber towels and lemon Pledge. All my riding buddies laugh and ask me if I ever ride the bike, since it stays so clean and SHINY, but the odometer always tells the tale. Best thing of all, I can keep that odometer ROLLING by spending a whole 15 minutes a week...

It adds shine to the seat, keeps that freshly waxed look on the paint, takes bugs off the shield, adds rain "sheeting" to the shield and lights, and shines the chrome! I even use it on my FF helmet during the colder months, and it helps a tad with the smell too. LOL

For the thorough washes, a bottle brush works magic in those hard to reach areas and the fins.
Lemon pledge over the entire bike? That's not rough on the paint?
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