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Old 14th May 2006
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How about a section on cleaning these beasts. Without breaking the bank, anyone care to share cleaning tips, products, and tools used in washing the bike.

I prefer the household approach. Products used in house cleaning. As an example did you know that HD's spray polish is actually the same product as Pledge furniture polish. Friends have used it for years and have saved a fortune compared to the pricey HD product.

I guess the reason why i'm writing this is because maybe someone out there can tell me how to clean my bike without leaving a pound of flesh in all the cracks and crevisses.

Anyway I think this could be a great place where we could share cleaning tips.

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I could use a little clarification on this subject myself. Especially about using a hose and washing the bike. I've heard dont get water on the seat....put plastic over it so water doesnt get into the electrical stuff???? Dont get the cables wet..dont get the gauges wet....it rides in the rain no? I need the "real" deal....I dont care about special polishes and crap. Can I hose it down, wash it up...and hose if off?
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wash my bike? isnt a sportster a dirtbike?
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The only thing I have been told is don't wash a hot motor. But if it rains isn't the motor going to get wet? I know guys who just go to the car wash. Remove their windshield and leather bags and hose it down.
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I haven't washed my ride in 4 years and it looks brand new.
This stuff is pricey but a 40oz bottle lasts me a season and I'm a clean freak.

http://waterless-wash.com/

I do spray blast my mag wheels but that's it.

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I have my bike over a year and personally washed it once and then again it got washed when I had it in the dealer. Oh yeah and it rained a couple of time
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Hi all.

I tried to post this earlier, but was rudely interrupted by that weekly shut down thing(Again! ).

But I digress.......

Ok, I am more then happy to share my wash techniques with you.

I start with a cold bike, you should never wash a hot bike, cold water on hot engine parts can cause metal contraction, leading to metal fatigue and gasket failure, so let her cool down at least four hours or more.

Next, i remove the seat and saddle bags. Not that they can't get wet, it's just that they can take quite a long time to dry. So remove and set aside.

I then soak down the bike with simple green. S-100 is made by simple green and it works the same as S-100, at like 1/2 the price, but either will work.
If you have a greasy spot, use an old(Not the wife's) toothbrush to work the cleaner in.
Then rinse with a garden hose, avoid high pressure hoses, this can force water were you don't want it.(Like passed gaskets and into electrical connectors)
This is when I use a clean terry cloth and a bucket with car wash mixed in(Maguires car wash) and wash the bikes sheet metal, tires and rims and all over.
The reason I pre-wash with the simple green is to do the heavy greasy cleaning first, and i do not use a cloth then as to avoid rubbing dirt into the paint. (It can scratch the sh!t out of clear coat)
Now we do the final rinse. grab a clean towel and dry off, then push the bike over to a shady spot.
At this point I use my shop vac with the hose on the outlet side to blow the bike dry.
Doing this pushes the water out of its hiding spots, then finish towel drying.
Once you are at this point, clean the seat(And other leather parts you removed) with Lexol leather cleaner/protector.

At this point, you can either put her back together, or wax and polish.
I have used a product by Maguires call spray detailer, it is a spray light duty wax. If you wax regularly, then this spray will extend your time between waxing.

One last thing, you may have noticed i said nothing about tire dressings/armorall on the tires, the reason why is that it is a bad Idea to use anything that will shine tires.
Motorcycle tire get replace to often to worry about the sidewalls drying out.
That shiny stuff will act like oil on a tire, first time you lean into a turn could be the time the bike shoots out from under you, not good.
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1gal. carwash soap Costco about $6.00, 1gal. simple green degreaser about $6.00 from Costco, 1 large bag of micro-fiber polishing cloths about $7.00, you guessed it from Costco. This is everything I need and I figure it will last for years. Optional item ATV jack Sears $89.00 $79.00 on sale.
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I use a 1:10 mixture of Dawn and water in an old Windex bottle to soak the heavy stuff(bugs,mainly) and wipe it off with a dry shop towel.Afterward,a fresh coat of Meguiar's wax.Total clean up time is about thirty minutes.
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Start with a cool bike, not hot (all Sportster are cool )
Wet the bike (with a hose )
Spray it down with S100
A little S100 dilluted in a bucket with a sponge for tough spots
Rinse Well
Rinse Well
Did I mention Rinse Well! (S100 leaves a hazy film if it dries on)
Towel dry
Hit is with a leafblower (well, don't actually "hit" it... )
Dry off any remaining areas
Take a picture (it's not clean often )
Wax it or get lazy and go for a ride (that's me most of the time)

As for the cables, just keep them lubricated on a regular basis and you won't have issues.
The only harm from getting the seat wet is the big wet spot on your from the wet foam for a day or so!
Taking the saddlebags off helps get all the spots around the shocks, rear wheel, and belt guard.
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