No one likes washing, but if you are able to bring your bike to showroom style quality, it may feel as new as it did before. Hence, following tips can help you bring the shine back after a long ride of the week, I love riding motorcycles and have since I was young, so I like to share my tips!
First of all, remove all electronic gadgets on the bike, including the GPS. Then remove all tanks, luggage and bags that are there. Keep all cleaning stuff with you. This may include, soap, detergent, metal and paint polish, bug remover, toothbrush and washcloth, microfiber towels and rugs.
2. When and Where to Wash
It is best to do cleaning in your own backyard or where you reside. Using commercial areas, streets and public places is not preferable. Try also not to clean with detergent in direct sunlight or in daylight as it may dry up all the detergent. After you ride the bike, let it cool down before you clean or wash it to stop any water damage to the engine. Try using clean water and always make sure to use clean cloth to wipe off the parts. If you prefer green wash, do it in your own garden to let the grass have the water rather than wasting it.
3. Wash When required
Over washing your bike can damage the parts and reduce the life of the engine. Try cleaning it one a month or when it gets very dirty. Excessive or late cleaning can put stains on your parts and damage the lubrication of cables and engine oil. However, cleaning your bike after a mud encounter is always advisable.
4. Use clean water and approved detergents
Clean water is always the best thing to use and detergents that are not too harsh are the way to go. House hold cleaning items can damage chrome and paint work on your bike. Try wearing rubber gloves when cleaning and never use vinyl cleaners, which shine bright now but can be slippers later.
5. Doing High-pressured cleaning
Although high pressure cleaning is what everyone prefers, there is special caution to take when doing it. It is best not do apply high pressure on engine and other electronic parts, as well as vinyl seats. Try working on the bodywork and the wheels. If you use pressure cleaner on chains to clean mud, always lubricate chains back but do not over lubricate them.
6. Be sure to use right wiping material
If you wipe your bike, use proper rugs, washcloth, toothbrushes and sponges. Old toothbrushes can help remove dirt from radiators and your microfiber cloth can help clean surfaces while also protecting it.
7. Give attention to details
After you are done with the cleaning and washing process. It is good to see and wipe other parts where there may be water or detergent left. Wipe all cables and clean them properly. Use Tyre shine on the walls and do not over spray it, else you may lose vital grip.
8. Be Careful while waxing
Using cutting compound can have adverse effects on paintwork. Use wax that adds a layer, rather than taking one off. A good wax can help protect from UV rays and can act as a efficient barrier too. Always put polish on clean areas, and buff wax when you are done with a lint-free cloth.
9. Using WD40
Many consider it vital to get rid of excess water that may have had left while cleaning and washing process. Always read instructions on the can and follow the rules while re-greasing or spraying wax on the chains.
10. Dry you Bike
So after all that hard work you just did, it is time to let the bike dry. Try not to keep it in direct sunlight and ride slowly to pump out excess water that may have been still present there. Wipe your bike again with a microfiber cloth when you return home. Be sure there is no water, else bike parts may erode and collect corrosion.
Also remember to keep your best helmet clean.