Author: Ian Kerr MBE Posted: 26 Nov 2015
Like many others I have looked at bike dryers as nothing more than a big hair dryer and something of a gimmick, only useful to those who spend more time polishing than riding. However some two months into ownership of the Bruhl Power Dryer, I wonder how I managed without it!
Coming from a background of washing my bike after every ride, (unless it is bone dry) I have spent hours with a chamois drying the bike afterwards to eliminate the onset of corrosion. I now have the bike washed and dried in just over 5 minutes with no pools of water on the garage floor and the knowledge that there is no water in those difficult to reach areas.
While I am not a concours sort of person the bike has no water spotting on due to hard water deposits on the paintwork or chrome and the risk of scratching it has been eliminated. On the modern machines the mirrors and windshields come up clean without the need to wipe them afterwards. I was also amazed at the sort of places it managed to extract water from stopping the build-up of corrosion on the older machines which are not used on a daily basis.
As with all these things I have found it useful for a quick blow dry of wet motorcycle kit to help rid it of the worst of the water and thanks to the variable speed and heat settings there is no risk to delicate areas of the bikes or clothing.
Having looked at virtually all the models on the market, I chose the Bruhl thanks to its robust construction and the many features such as the variable speed and heat settings. It comes with a three metre flexible hose and three head attachments to help provide the correct air pattern depending on use. On the safety front is also has a built-in RCD, essential when you mix electricity and water outside!
The 2200 model is the middle unit in the range with a more powerful professional model above it and a slightly lower spec version below that would suit the occasional user. With its easy carry handle, four feet for stability and the fact the power lead and hose easily detach it is easy to store when not in use, although given the recent weather it has been in use daily.
Most will see the price (£115.00) as reason not to bother, but given the time saving when cleaning and the reduced risk of corrosion and machine damage it will soon pay for itself. (Dare I say it? Good for the car as well!) Besides time on maintenance is not time spent riding which is why we have motorcycles –surely?
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