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View Poll Results: How do you Wash our Bike?
Pressure Wash 4 8.16%
Hand wash and a Hose 34 69.39%
2 Bucket method 4 8.16%
Let the Bikini cladded wash it for you 1 2.04%
Leave it out in the rain, that's good enough 10 20.41%
Ride thru a Carwash, like in the movies 1 2.04%
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a bucket of water sudsy with lemon Joy if it's really dirty, then rinse it off with hose, dry with fake blue chamois. if it's just dust and smudges, Windex and a microfiber cloth
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Two wet monkeys (one for each hand) and one dry one.
Trick is you have to be really quick... they have sharp teeth.
Cover the dry one's ears so the others can't tell him what's coming... He'll bolt otherwise.
Had to go to the emergency room when I tried a fourth one for waxing... Don't do that.


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Only tried it once.
Afterwards I just use a bucket and a hose.
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None of the above choices. After every ride I wipe
the bike down gently using a soft chamois and hot water
in a spray bottle. It’s been working well. Nobody
believes my bike is 15 years old.

Xena that's the same way, pretty much, that I clean my bike. No excessive water and a good claying 3-4 times a year.
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for sure not like this

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If yer washin it, ya aint riding it.
It's FASTER when it's clean!

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Wizards bike wash. Spray it on, rinse it off. Dissolves any grease/oil and dries spot free.
I'll use Xena's method in between. Sometimes cleaner wax.
People s$h!+ when I tell them it's 15 years old.
I get the same reaction with mine. What baffles me sometimes is when some people ask me if I "restored" it. To them it looks like a '70's model?
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Point in Fact: There are people that will tell you that, washing anything, all you need is plain water.
I believe that with all the oils and salts you pick up, on a day to day basis, you need a soap that will "lift" the dirt and oils out of all the nooks and cranny's. I use a "car or bike" specific wash as dish soap has a tendency to lift parts of the old wax and leave the finished product looking streaky.
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Point in Fact: There are people that will tell you that, washing anything, all you need is plain water.
I believe that with all the oils and salts you pick up, on a day to day basis, you need a soap that will "lift" the dirt and oils out of all the nooks and cranny's.
Oh ya, you’re right, every couple of years I spritz the wheels and lower portion of the frame and engine with Hondabrite and let it sit for a little bit then rinse with the hose on low pressure keeping the water away from wheel bearings and wiring. I get caught in occasional downpours every season so that rinses off some crud too. Once a season I wax with mother’s California Gold. There I gave away all my secrets.
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S100 cleaner and a water hose.
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I use the German versions of Wizards bike wash called Procycle (or S100). Dunno if you have the stuff over there. It's some kind of gel you spray on. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and spray it off with a hose. Sometimes with the help of a brush. And I use Turtle wax for polishing the painted stuff.

I'm kind of a polisher. I remember the time I rebuild a '78 Yamaha XT500, new spokes etc...I was pulled over by the cops. "Why are you running old plates on a new bike?" After showing them my papers, I thanked them for the compliment :-)
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Does highway riding in the rain count as "Pressure Washing" the bike?
If it's nice enough weather and I have time to wash it, I have time to ride it.
Give ya a guess which I choose...
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