How do you get your bikes so clean ?
Posted December 10, 2003 - 05:26 PM
No matter how much effort I put in cleaning up my bike after a mud ride, it never comes close to what you are showing on the "show your bike posts".
Mud sticks in all the tight places. To get rid of that stuff I'd have to take the bike apart every ride and clean every bit and pieces.
BTW it's much easier to clean after I cross a knee deep stream
Is there a miracle way to clean up the bike, beside not riding it
Posted December 10, 2003 - 05:32 PM
Posted December 10, 2003 - 07:32 PM
Simple green let sit about 10 minutes, hose off (garden hose)
Then the miracle fix. Mop and Glo. Wipe it on the plastic and buff to a shine.
Posted December 10, 2003 - 07:45 PM
Posted December 11, 2003 - 12:32 PM
When you ride over here through winter, you get pretty intimate with cleaning mud off your bike
Posted December 11, 2003 - 12:54 PM
Posted December 11, 2003 - 01:08 PM
In case someone is wondering it is whitewall cleaner. you will find it in the automotive section.
Soft Scrub with bleach is good also. Although it does dull the plastic. But after a while the plastic dont shine anymore anyways. So what the hey
Posted December 11, 2003 - 01:26 PM
2]Park it in a temperature and humidity controlled enclosed room. No natural sunlight allowed [U.V. degredation].
Don't let your friends touch it. Oil from their hands will attract dust, etc.
3] Never ride it.
4] Sell it after a few years. Buy a new bike, repeat steps 1 through 4.
Seriously, I allways admire the photos some of you guys have of your bikes. They're so clean! I would spend that kind of time cleaning a streetbike, but not a dirt bike.
Posted December 11, 2003 - 02:31 PM
spray a half a bottle of simple green all over and let it sit for 10-15.
put some simple green in a bucket of hot water and scrub the bike down with a brush.
rinse off with hose.
dry with a towel and air compressor (controls)
soak the whole engine with WD40.
Posted December 11, 2003 - 06:04 PM
I have to say that Dan's answer is the most efficient of the lot. May be not the most entertaining, , but it sure gets to the point .
Posted December 11, 2003 - 08:02 PM
Posted December 12, 2003 - 04:34 AM
and no more hand pump!
Now you are throwing away a good MX workout for your right hand...unless you are a "Switch Hitter"
Posted December 12, 2003 - 10:53 AM
Now if I can only have my 16 year old son to do the job it would be great
Posted December 12, 2003 - 02:30 PM
Posted December 12, 2003 - 05:32 PM
I know what you mean Dan, the only time I wash mine is when I'm going to roll her into the living room to wrench on her
Wash a dirt bike? I don't understand what you mean. Can you define this a little better? I am confused.
Posted December 13, 2003 - 06:20 PM
DAKI removes oil and grease as well. You can remove oil spots from almost anything with that: hands, carpet, clothes, anything.
Posted December 13, 2003 - 06:58 PM
I wouldn't really follow my advice though as my bike looks like crap. The graphics are peeled off, the plastics are scratched to hell, the frame paint has rubbed off and there are a few nice rock gouges in the swingarm. I thought about getting new plastics but then I thought who cares what it looks like as long as it runs good, which it does. Plus, for the price of plastics and graphics, I can get a brand new set of tires which will help me go fast a lot better than graphics.
Posted December 13, 2003 - 08:36 PM
Posted December 13, 2003 - 09:08 PM
I also use No-Touch tire dressing to give it that new shine look after it's clean. Keeps the mud from sticking also.
Posted December 13, 2003 - 10:01 PM
After a good washing, I let her drip dry.
When the bike makes it to her stall at my garage she gets the royle treatment of...
1. on the bike stand
2. disassembled to the frame for a complete cleaning.
3. armour-all for the tires and cable caseings.