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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-08-2010, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Washing the bike

What does everyone usually use for washing their bike?

Is it ok to go to a normal spray wash?

I've heard pledge works good on tanks and fenders, is that for real?

Are the motorcycle specific wash products actually worth it?

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I use pledge on the windshield. It's base ingredient (carnuba wax) won't hurt the paint for the tins, but I don't know if there is anything else in there that will hurt the paint. Using pledge on the windshield helps clean the bugs off later.
I use Turtle Wax chrome cleaner on the chrome parts. I also have some Meguiars (0r is it Armorall) spray wax, but also purchased a liquid product recently that seems to do a nice job. I'm not where I can look up the name right now. I was told that it has properties to suspend the dirt in it, so it takes it off as it shines. I don't know how true that is, because I still wash my bike before shining it.

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I use pledge on the windshield. It's base ingredient (carnuba wax) won't hurt the paint for the tins, but I don't know if there is anything else in there that will hurt the paint. Using pledge on the windshield helps clean the bugs off later.
I use Turtle Wax chrome cleaner on the chrome parts. I also have some Meguiars (0r is it Armorall) spray wax, but also purchased a liquid product recently that seems to do a nice job. I'm not where I can look up the name right now. I was told that it has properties to suspend the dirt in it, so it takes it off as it shines. I don't know how true that is, because I still wash my bike before shining it.
Where are you getting this info from? Pledge has always maintained it is a cleaner not a wax thus no wax build up.

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We detail all (currently 4) our bikes here with pledge and use it on chrome, paint windshield etc. Been using it exclusively on my '01 Honda Sabre for a decade and the bike's paint shines.

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+1 for Pledge. I use it all the time on all my bike surfaces (when cool). It's a great cleaner for the cost, but I will warn ya that lemon pledge does attract bees from time to time. Although it's not really a wax product, it leaves a freshly waxed kind of shine that keeps people gawking!

Other than that, I recommend a hand wash for the deep clean sessions, and a nice liquid wax (I use Meguiar's Tech 2.0). There's all sorts of automotive wash soaps, etc. out there, but I've always found Dawn dish detergent to work quite well, even on those parts that pick up grease and oil from the road.

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I've taken mine to the local spray n' wash since 2004 and it has worked fine. I wipe it down with dry clean white cotton towels when I'm done rinsing and then go ride it dry. I use car polish on it when I want to shine it up.

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I only use Mothers wash and wax products on the trike and I use rainx for the windshield works great for the luv bugs down here.
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I generally use Ivory dishwashing soap in a bucket of warm water, a soft microfiber washcloth, and the gentle spray pattern from the garden hose. No high pressure washing the bike for me.

I blow it off as much as possible with a shop vac or leaf blower, then a real chamois for the final drying.

I've used some Zymol and Turtle Wax on the chrome and paint surfaces.
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I've always used the car wash and have never had an issue. Just don't put the wand too close to the bike. Take a couple towels with you and do a nice wipe down/dry after the wash and rinse. I usually take more time drying/wiping the bike down than I do washing it. If you don't get all the water off, it'll leave spots on your chrome and paint.

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I wash my bikes exactly the same way as i wash my cars. Soap and water, towel off, polish the shiny bits.

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Pledge works well, but I subscribe to the theory "BUGS BELONG" except on the windshield LOL. One of the reasons Ive never wanted a springer !!!
Ive taken a lot of heat about my dirty bike, but I bought it to ride, not polish . It gets a touch up from
time to time, but sooner spend the hours riding ON the bike than polishing ON the bike.
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