There’s nothing better than riding your bike but cleaning your motorcycle can be a real chore. Here are 10 ways you can make sure that your bike is always road ready and protected when it’s not on the street. From using the correct cleaning materials to information on how often you should clean your bike, here are some tips, brought to you by my friends at BikeBandit.com.
How To Manage Cleaning Your Motorcycle
Choose a good location to start the cleaning process
To effectively clean your motorcycle, you need to have space. Firstly, you’ll need to be able to access it from all points, so you need to have clearance on all sides. Secondly, if possible, cleaning your bike within an enclosed, secure space is preferable, so long as you have adequate ventilation as you might be using pungent chemical products. If you don’t have an enclosed space such as a garage, then cleaning your motorcycle outside is just fine, so long as you have adequate drainage.
Make sure you have the correct sponges and chamois
The paint job on your motorcycle needs protecting and that means not using an abrasive cloth to clean it. BikeBandit.com has load of tips online about how to choose the correct products and tools to take care of your machine. A chamois is a special kind of leather that will go easy on your paint job and assist you with getting the excess moisture of your motorcycle.
Select appropriate cleaning products for your machine
Mark Hinchcliff from Motorbike Rider blog says, “There is a product for every use. But be careful of abrasive cleaners or general-purpose household cleaning products as these can damage paint or chrome.” You can’t just use anything on your most precious machine! “Detergents should have a pH balance between six and eight, so it’s neither too acidic nor too alkaline as either could damage your paint.”
Make sure your bike is not hot
It might seem obvious but you need to ensure that your motorcycle is completely cool before you start to clean it. Make sure the engine is cool enough to the touch, so give yourself half an hour from your last ride if possible. It’s a good idea to clean your bike undercover or in the shade as well as harsh sun and chemical residue can affect your motorcycle in the long term.
Use the correct cleaning motions & don’t over-wash
Microfibre cloths are great as they take care of your paintwork. Use them in a circular motion, applying light pressure. Some online motorcycle experts swear by “old fashioned” tools such as using a toothbrush to get into small spaces that need attention. Brake dust can get all over your motorcycle so it’s essential to clean your bike often.
What to do with the really greasy, dirty parts
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Should I use a pressure washer?
Remember that motorcycles are water-resistant but not necessarily waterproof. You need to select the right pressure washer for the job and make sure that it has the right balance of power. It needs to be able to clean effectively but not damage your machine. A good pressure washer will also be more energy efficient and save 80% of your water usage so they’re worth investing in after some research online.
Some notes on waxing
Put simply, waxing helps to protect the paintwork on your bike and keeps it looking good. It’s one of the most important things you can do regularly to maintain the appearance of your bike. There are many different types of waxes available, from all-natural to chemical compounds, to sealants. Look to see what brands your manufacturer recommends and try out a few different options to see what works best for you. Remember that you can also wax your motorcycle helmet to keep it looking fresh. Check out this these motorcycle helmets.
How to dry your bike effectively
Drying your bike all over with an old towel might be a very slow way of getting things done. Using a special chamois, made of natural leather, is a terrific way to cut the timing of the job down to just minutes. Make sure you wipe down all the cables, wheel hubs and engine casings, and pay attention to the electronics. Make sure there is no remaining water on your bike.
Remember to clean your tools as well!
Keeping your sponges, brushes and chamois clean is also part of the job. Having clean equipment will make your next clean easier and will encourage you to clean your bike more often, rather than having to search for all the things you need, every time. Keep a bucket, tool box or tool shelf full of what you need, including the products you’ll use. Safely and effectively cleaning your motorcycle is easy when you simply plan ahead.