MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE TIPS
Anyone that owns a bike, loves their bike. And likely our most
gratifying moment is when the motorcycle is new and is looking great.
However, motorcycles are not like statues in a environmentally
controlled museum. They are subjected many different kinds of
abuse including the dirt, rain, sun, etc.. All of these elemental
factors will affect in the most expensive bikes. But, there are
things that you can do to ensure that your bike's condition is
protected as best as possible.
** It is always important that you wear safety glasses. If you get
any sort of dirt or debris in your eye, its not only going to hurt
it can blind you! Get more info about wearing the proper safety
gear. Ger more
riding safety tips.
Detailing Your Bike
Lets begin with scratches. How come? Potentially they are the
biggest enemy to the finish of your motorcycle. Preventing scratches is the
sustaining your bike's good looks. Grime and dirt that gets rubbed
in while drying or washing is going to be like sandpaper to your
motorcycle's paint finish.
Below are a few tips to follow regarding the surface of your bike:
- Try and avoid having anything hard come in contact with your bike.
Be careful with zippers!
- Make sure you use towels and/or cotton cloths that are clean when
applying any waxes, etc. or when drying your bike.
- Be certain to thoroughly rinse wash mitts and sponges before you
clean your bike (and even after).
- It is very common for detailers to separate the areas being washed into
rough (engine, tires, exhaust, etc.) and normal areas (painted
areas) Area designated sponges are used for cleaning each area to
reduce the chance grime and dirt effecting sensitive areas.
- Avoid using high water pressure when cleaning your bike. Too much
pressure will result in scratches from dirt being forced into your
Rinse your bike as thoroughly as you can. As we said with detailing,
use plenty of water with minimal pressure. Try using a hose without
a nozzle and just let the water flow freely.
Always use soap that is developed specially for motorcycles. Never
use dishwashing soap. Its very strong and will likely eat away any
wax you used on your bike.
Wash your bike in sections and take your time. Rinse your sponges
When you are done washing, rinse your bike of soap as soon as
possible. You want to avoid soap drying, which is not good for the
finish. Make sure you rinse out all of the nooks so that you
eliminate the chance of soap drying anywhere.
Use plenty of water when rinsing; several buckets. Large bikes
should use 4 or 5 buckets and smaller ones 2 or 3. When rinsing your
bike, make sure you hit all of the nooks of your bike.
Use a bunch of the softest towels you can find. Folding the towel
into a square and turning it and unfolding it often will allow you
to utilize the whole towel. We recommend using bath towels cut in
Drying is a two step process. The first step entails getting the
majority of the water off your bike. The second step is going over
the bike again and drying any extra water that may be present from
the first go around.
Additional washing tips:
- Never use a chamois being that they are dirt trappers and
- Washing a bike in the sun is not a good idea. Your bike will dry
faster than you can rinse resulting in soap film and water spotting.
Washing at night, in the early morning or in the shade is your best
When your bike is all clean and dry, its time to wax. Wax works like a paint preserver by
assisting in the retention of oils that reduce oxidation. Was also
will protect your bike from bird crap, tree sap, ultraviolet rays
from the sun, etc.. It also makes the paint of your bike shiny and
There are three types of wax: paste, spray and liquid. Liquid wax
tends to go on much easier, but the liquid products do not last as
long as the paste wax. The type of wax you use is your decision but
we do recommend one with high Carnauba content (will say on the
label). Do not use wax sprays. They are very thin....too thin for
Apply two medium applications as opposed to one heave one. You
should also consider putting a third layer in your front fender's
leading edge. This area is prone to wind and will likely wear off
The round applicators that come with the wax work best. You can also
try using a damp kitchen sponge. For those close to edges areas, use
one of those small foam paint brushes. I also like to use a small foam paint brush for getting
up close to edges. An extra application is a good idea on the
leading edge of the front fender and on the front of the tank, where
the wind will quickly wear off the wax.
Removing wax is equally important as the application. Use a very
small cloth to remove the residue only when the wax is 100% dry.
Once the movement of the cloth hits resistance, move to a new
surface. Never use on of those orbital buffers because you will run
the risk of burning your paint. Be certain to keep a close that no
foreign objects or dirt are on the cloth that can cause scratches.
Removing was from the edges and creases (ie. emblems and fender
tips) of your bike are the most difficult. You can try using a soft bristled toothbrush.
Using a toothpick is also effective at times.
It is recommended that you wax your bike at least once every three
or four months.
In addition to the information above, we suggest you read more about
keeping your bike clean.
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