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post #1 of 18 Old 01-30-2018, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Question Seat Cleaner and Conditioning: Winter Storage

I just picked up my bike, brought it home, and winterizing it. I removed the seat and brought it inside to keep it in room temperature conditions.

What should I use to condition it, and clean it?
I already have Meguiar's Quik Interior Detailer but I'm guessing this isn't appropriate.

What do you guys use for our particular seats, and how do you apply it?
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post #2 of 18 Old 01-30-2018, 08:15 PM
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I use Meguars Vinyl and plastic Cleaner & Conditioner. Spray it down or wipe with a microfiber towel sprayed with it on, let sit for 5 minutes, wipe off the excess, and buff dry.
Been using it for years. Infact, I just got a 47-year old Kustom guitar amp and speaker cabinet, tuck & roll uppholstery. Used the Meguars, looks like new.
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Take it out, put it back on the bike and forget about it. That's all the conditioning it needs.
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Other than hose off the dirt, I've never considered seat maintenance. Perhaps some Febreze to eradicate the farts?
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Other than hose off the dirt, I've never considered seat maintenance. Perhaps some Febreze to eradicate the farts?
That what seat beads are for. They let the gasses escape.
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You don't want it to get the seat too slippery (not sure if stock seat or other covering). It helps to be firmly planted on the seat when applying some of the "english" you need to successfully ride the bike.
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I've used Protectant 303 in the past. I couldn't find it the last time so I used Lexol Vinylex. Seems to work well. Not slippery which is a good thing.


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Boy you are totally overthinking and overdoing this winterizing thing!

Just change the oil but now that it is so cold and difficult to warm up the engine properly for the change you may as well leave it until spring or until the next change is due. Leave the rest of the bike alone unless there is maintenance necessary that you want to do in the off-season. I assume you have it out of the weather?

If you don't have already one, get a battery tender and hook the bike up to it to maintain the battery.

Read up here on trip reports, farkles etc. That's a better use of your time and $$. You will be ready for spring action in a couple of month that way.

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"They let the gasses escape."

One piece rain suits not do much! Butt they protect the seat from the offense.
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I condition the seat with my ass. Winterizing for me is installing the hippo hands, high windscreen, and heated gear controller...js 12.5F when I left for work this morning.
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