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    bike cleaning


    So after riding a bunch over the last week my bike was covered in salt and road grime. I wanted/needed to clean it before it goes back to bed for a while.

    In the past I have always used the hose at my house, but at my current place it is a huge pain in the ass. I had stayed away from using a car wash place (with the high pressure hoses, not the drive through).

    But, today I used one of those places and it worked great. Hit the bike with hot soapy water then hot clean water...dry with some clean cloths and your done.

    I've heard it was a bad idea...the theory being that the high pressure could push water past seals and cause all sorts of problems. After using the car wash place it seems okay to me. The pressure is not that high and as long as you stand back at least 3-4 feet and don't drill senstive areas (wheel axel?) it seems okay.

    Anyone else use car wash places?

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    Re: bike cleaning

    i work at a car wash on the weekend and ive done mine about 50 times or so same with my sisters triumph and i havent had an issue yet, i can understand if you lay it on the cluster, on any of the speed sensors that possibly some water could get in the connections but as long as you dont get right on a sensor and just say back about 6-8 inches you should be fine.

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    Re: bike cleaning

    Quote Originally Posted by duff daddy View Post
    i work at a car wash on the weekend and ive done mine about 50 times or so same with my sisters triumph and i havent had an issue yet, i can understand if you lay it on the cluster, on any of the speed sensors that possibly some water could get in the connections but as long as you dont get right on a sensor and just say back about 6-8 inches you should be fine.
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    I have a pressure washer at home. I use it frequently with the 'soap' nozzle and then the next one up pressure wise. No problem...just pay attention and avoind the obvious....

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    Re: bike cleaning

    I used the boot washers from time to time, they seem to work alright but wtill takes some cloth cleaning to get the job done.

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    Re: bike cleaning

    but then when you ride back, doesn't all the salt from the road make your bike dirty again?

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    Re: bike cleaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Bhavesh View Post
    but then when you ride back, doesn't all the salt from the road make your bike dirty again?


    Yeah, I spent all day riding back and forth between my house and the car wash place. I finally, in utter frustration, just left the bike there and walked home.

    No, the roads are pretty clean of salt (and dry) right now and the place is right down the street. But, good point.

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    Re: bike cleaning

    Quote Originally Posted by wookie View Post


    Yeah, I spent all day riding back and forth between my house and the car wash place. I finally, in utter frustration, just left the bike there and walked home.


    Next time take a cab....

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    Re: bike cleaning

    I usually try to avoid even using the hose to clean my bike. Ive had very good luck with the Honda and Yamaha spray cleaner/detailer to get the job done. although In the past with dirt bikes I've used a pressure washer with no troubles. Just as stated above, avoid the obvious hosing around wheel bearings and electrical systems. I often used to laugh at my father because every time he sprayed down his Harley he would have to take off the distributor cover and let the rotor dry before it would start.

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    Re: bike cleaning

    I just soap mine up and ride it around when it's raining.

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