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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-27-2014, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Do Motorcycle Washes exist?

I've owned my bike now for 7 weeks, and all the free time I have I spend riding . Now, I have 7 weeks of dirt, grime, and bugs all over my bike, and I can't seem to find a motorcycle wash .

I live outside NE Philly, but I commute to Baltimore and back once a week. I'm willing to travel a little for a good cleaning.

***On a side note*** Why haven't any dealers put up signs at the local high schools/colleges, that they will train young ladies to detail motorcycles? Then you have said ladies set up canopies at local diners, bars, etc... Wear the shirt of the dealer that trained them, and even use cleaning supplies available for purchase at said shop.

Think about the win-win-win situation here... Dealership/shop gets free advertisement. Restaruant, bar, diner, etc, gets extra customers grabbing breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks while having their bikes washed. We don't need to waste our time washing our bikes, and high school/college girls make money hanging out in the sun.

How do we get this to happen?

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One problem I see right off the bat is that you drive in the canopy and your bike is super hot. Pretty hard to detail a hot bike, at least it is for me.

Here's an auto wash for a bike.

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Another problem I see is the bike will either have to cool down first or the water used to wash will have to be hot. Cold water on a hot engine is a NO NO! Besides, why not use a hand-wash stall at a car wash? Many are getting card readers to ease convenience.

EDIT: After watching the video, I'll stick to hand washing my bike.

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You know, when I am on the road with a crazy dirty, bug riddled bike I will use a hand-wash bay at any car wash. I always travel with a waffle weave drying towel and can dry the main portions of the bike. First round is a quick rinse, then pre-soak, then soap, then rinse, then spot free rinse.

I know high pressure is not good for bikes but I stand back a bit so as to help alleviate the concentrated pressure. No problems in the few times I have used car washes.

It is best if the bike can cool a bit but let's be realistic, it does rain cold water too. The initial wetting/rinse I gently get more and more water on the hot parts. Have never had trouble with cold water on a hot bike.

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I get what you're all saying about "detailing when hot" or "washing when hot", but I'm all for paying a college girl to sponge wash the dirt & bugs off my forks, headlight, radiator guard, and crash bar while I grab a bite & a beer. I guess it's different for the high chrome bikes, but my little blacked out 900 doesn't require a detail & shine.

I agree that you shouldn't go through a high school cheerleader car wash. That's why I'm suggesting that these girls are trained by local shops on how to (and how NOT to) wash a motorcycle. Hence, the girl advertising the shop that trained her.

I, for one, would be more likely to go to a diner for breakfast/lunch, that had a wash girl, prior to, or after a ride. Make it a meeting point to meet up with other riders to start/end a ride. I guess I'd just rather be out riding & hanging out, then sitting at home in my driveway washing my bike.

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It would be neat if the wash/rinse pressure could be dialed down a bit.
I still prefer hand washing mine, but on a long trip.....

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I'm surprised there aren't more opinions/posts regarding the bike wash video. It raises the hair on the back of my head to watch that. Hot engine, cold engine, doesn't matter, I wouldn't put any bike through that high pressure water bath. Sure, I suppose it dries the parts you can see but what about all those nooks and crannies and electrical connectors that are being force fed. No thanks.

But the bike wash arrangement the OP mentions and proposes seems logical if the "hot engine" issue is addressed. I've washed my bike right after a ride more than once. Just have to be a bit careful.
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We don't need to waste our time washing our bikes
You hit the nail on the head right there. Why waste time washing your bike when it won't improve its performance or reliability a bit? I can certainly spare a few minutes once a year or so for a hose-down -- less frequently than that if I happen to get caught in a rainstorm.

I know this sentiment is not common among cruiser riders, but my main ride is the Wee-Strom and owners of that type of "adventure tourer" bike consider washing it to be the moral equivalent of adding fuzzy dice and foxtail streamers to dress it up. If your bike ain't filthy and bug-encrusted you ain't riding it often enough or far enough. Except for the chain, which must be spotless.

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I use a small bucket of water and a damp rag. Takes about 30 min.
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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-08-2014, 02:57 PM
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some of that S100 sprayed on the bike then hosed off and then the bike dried is all I do...
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