Workshop Wisdom - Episode 6: Give your bike a thorough clean

Jim Lindsay
By Jim Lindsay
jimlindsaybikes Lifelong bike fan. 12 month a year rider. Does not own a car. Former Editor of Motorcycle News. Fixes computers for a living. Rides a KTM RC8 R, Ducati 996, 1985 Yamaha FZ750. Likes spannering almost as much as riding.
Workshop Wisdom - Episode 6: Give your bike a thorough clean
In the sixth and final episode of the first #WorkshopWisdom series, we learn how to thoroughly clean your bike…

 

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I would far rather be riding my motorcycle than cleaning it, especially in winter. But
it must be done, particularly when the weather is bad. It’s nice to have a shiny
looking bike but the important part of cleaning is that it gets you looking closely at
parts of the machine you don’t always inspect. Along with your pre-riding checks, it’s
a great way to spot potential problems before they turn around and bite you.

If you have a bike with lots of bodywork, you should remove it a couple of times a
year so you can clean in places where damp and salt can linger, eventually causing
serious corrosion.

There is nothing wrong in my experience with using a pressure washer. It shifts the
muck far easier than an ordinary hose. You just need to use common sense. Don’t
douse your electrics, don't blast it directly at fork seals and so on.

Finish with a decent polish on the bodywork and use protectant to drive out the last
of the moisture and place a protective film over the unpolished parts of the bike.

Jim’s Deep Clean Top Ten Tips

1. Clean chain
2. Soak bike
3. Apply cleaner
4. Rinse off
5. Shampoo
6. Rinse off
7. Clean behind bodywork
8. Clean brakes
9. Detail clean
10. Condition and protect

 

 

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