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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-08-2010, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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Keeping it clean

So I stand before my 900c and upon closer examination, I am confronted by a variety of surfaces. The midnight blue paint job, chrome, plastic, vinyl. So what products do I need to keep in my arsenal?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-08-2010, 11:49 AM
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Micro fibre cloth and pledge, thats all

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Micro fibre cloth and pledge, thats all
Very true....UNLESS... you're one of those of us who are not blessed with a nice, comfy garage to keep your scoot in. Also, if you live in an area where "30-percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms" means that there's a 100-percent chance that you'll have to ride in the rain - then you might have to add some more rounds to your bandolier.

Get some CLP. I'm in the "rinse, ride and rinse" fold, since I live in an area that's both dusty and damp, so I also use plain-old "Blue Coral" car wash, some good quality sponges and brushes, some MC only towels, a good quality wax (your choice), Windex for chrome and glass, Never-Dull, for other metal bits, and a leaf-blower to dewater the bike after a rinse.

I'll never have show-bikes. BUT if you take care to clean contaminants off your bike, blow it dry (as you can) and SPARINGLY use CLP on the metal bits that tend to attract rust, then you'll keep your bike in the 95+ percentile of the "bling" scale. My HD has been under a carport (and some blankets) for its 6-year life, and I'm always complemented upon (unjustly) for its "new" appearance. I have a good snug fitting MC cover, but I've found that blankets work better in high humidity environs, since covers that keep moisture OUT can also keep it IN.

You'll get 10,000 opinions on the "best" way to take care of your scoot - but in the end you're going to have to determine how that works out for YOU.
One of the reasons I bought the VN900 was for a "commuting" bike - so keeping it out of the elements all the time just isn't practical---FOR ME.



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Pledge????? Really? wow.....It never occurred to me to pledge my bike!

Oh...and what is CLP?

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For the components that aren't shiny, I would use crocus cloth or a copper toothed wire brush and CLP (Cleaner, Lubricant, Preservative). CLP is used by the U.S. Army for cleaning and maintaining weapons. It contains teflon which when dry, forms a thin protective coating. I used this method to maintain AH1F, AH-64 and AH-64D attack helicopter weapon systems for over two decades. (Not to mention my M-9, M16, M4, M60 and the big M2) The rust will not come off easy but a good portion of it will. Do not try this with anything you want to shine. For that, follow the previous suggestions. You can get CLP from anywhere that sells firearms.
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I use gattor goo and micro fibber towle. works on paint, chrome, windshield, plastic, and seats with no left over residue to make you slip and slide.

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Pledge????? Really? wow.....It never occurred to me to pledge my bike!
You can use it on every surface, i learned about it from a custom car guy, he used it on his show cars.

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In between washes I use Mothers Showtime instant detailer and a microfiber towel on the entire bike. It's great stuff. I also use Meguiars PlastX cleaner/polish on my windshield.

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You can use it on every surface, i learned about it from a custom car guy, he used it on his show cars.
make sure you use the Lemon type, that way if you cant shower the bike will still smell nice LOL

other than pledge i also use Honda detailing spray .... good for everything

I have never "washed my bike"

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I've been using this S100 detailing wax. Works great, goes everywhere, no harsh chemicals.

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