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    Bike cleaning


    How do you guys clean your dirt bikes?
    I spent over an hour hosing down the bike with sponge and soap etc. Looks great until it dries. Then it looks like i washed it with dirty water.
    Is there a process you guys use?

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    Re: Bike cleaning

    Rinse, spray degreaser and paintbrush, rinse again. Aka: the r7 method.
    Disclaimer: my junk will never look as good as his.

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    Re: Bike cleaning

    Get a 4" good fluffy paint brush, simple green and wash away. I always do sections at a time, if the simple green dries, it will etch the paint/aluminum.
    Usually takes me about 20 minutes to wash my bike this way. Once done, blow dry it with a leaf blower, then mist the engine/metal/aluminum parts with WD40 and ArmorAll the plastics

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    Re: Bike cleaning

    I had some foaming tire shine leftover from one of those car cleaning kits that a relative got me for Christmas. I don't use that shit on tires, but wholly fuck does it make a dirt bike shine.

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    Re: Bike cleaning

    I don't .

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    I gives it the hose

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    Re: Bike cleaning

    R7 method described above. Works the titilies.

    Do NOT use a pressure washer unless you hate your wheel bearings.

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    Re: Bike cleaning

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    R7 method described above. Works the titilies.

    Do NOT use a pressure washer unless you hate your wheel bearings.
    I stop at a car wash place and use pressure washer I dont hate the wheel bearings but I live in an apartment and dont have a hoes whats a man supposed to do?

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    Re: Bike cleaning

    Pressure washer, just don't direct it at seals etc.

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    Re: Bike cleaning

    It's a dirt bike.. lol..
    But back in the day I used big Orange degreaser.. a soft brush.. Orange degrease the piss out of the chain.. plastic brush it.. pressure wash it ( not too close to seals and gaskets as mentioned) then blow wit leaf blower or compressor cuz to impatient to let dry.. then over spray everything with WD-40..
    Id pressure wash the chain too.. I've never had to replace it.. a clean chain is a Happy chain.. then dry it with a rag.. then abuse it with WD-40 then rag again to remove excess. Then chain lube it

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    Ride through a puddle, you pussy.

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    Re: Bike cleaning

    Quote Originally Posted by SVRACER01 View Post
    How do you guys clean your dirt bikes?
    I spent over an hour hosing down the bike with sponge and soap etc. Looks great until it dries. Then it looks like i washed it with dirty water.
    Is there a process you guys use?
    Bring it to work with you and let the detailer loose on it. I'm sure it will be clean and he can do it every time you ride and only lose like 2 or 3 hours over the course of a year. I'm sure the dealer won't mind.

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    Re: Bike cleaning

    Quote Originally Posted by tls25rs View Post
    Bring it to work with you and let the detailer loose on it. I'm sure it will be clean and he can do it every time you ride and only lose like 2 or 3 hours over the course of a year. I'm sure the dealer won't mind.
    I already do that with my street bike though...

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    Re: Bike cleaning

    I spray down any nasty areas with Purple power and let it sit while I hook up the power washer. I PP the hubs too. Then hit with the pressure washer.
    Once done I put it up on the table and hand wipe with a rag and WD-40. Keeps her looking respectable with minimal work. Wiping it all down with the WD helps it come clean next time too.

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