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post #1 of 5 Old 10-09-2013, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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I killed my MotoGP!

Help! On a recent ride, I blew a radiator hose on the highway and was instantly covered in oily green antifreeze, including absolutely drenching my favorite MotoGP jacket. Within a few miles, the antifreeze was a mess, attracting all the road goo and dirt. In order to finish the trip, I had to pull into a jet wash and degrease my jacket, which left it so wrinkled I can't wear it to work.

The instructions say not to iron it, and the armor inside also makes that difficult. Anyone have any ideas on how to restore it to non-wrinkle condition? It's too hot to try to steam it in Phoenix - still 95 degrees in the day, and my iron won't put out enough steam volume to make any difference.

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Maybe drycleaner?
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-09-2013, 07:44 AM
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Not sure what is meant by 'jet wash' and 'degrease my jacket'. Is that a car wash with hot soapy water only? Were solvents used?

Have you tried to put it in a washing machine? Per manufacturers instructions? Use a front loader like you find at some laundromats with armor removed. Then hang dry.

Wouldn't ironing melt it?

Maybe call the manufacturer.

Curious how old the hose was. Did it actually split or develop a hole?
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Not sure what is meant by 'jet wash' and 'degrease my jacket'. Is that a car wash with hot soapy water only? Were solvents used?

Curious how old the hose was. Did it actually split or develop a hole?
Jet wash was a drive in (quarter machine) type car wash. It's been through the wash and is totally clean now , it's just wrinkly.

The hose was on my former bike, a Kawi Concours,and the thermostat hose popped off at highway speed, about 1:30 am crossing the Indian Reservation about 4 miles east of Kayenta AZ. Because of the instant pressure release, it turned straight to vapor and enclosed me in the envelope of air surrounding the bike. I was able to dismantle the bike enough to fix it, fill the radiator from water bottles, and continue on, although I was dripping wet,and so was by buddy riding behind me. I was soaked, he was fogged.
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Try washing with Nikwax and hang it up in the sun. That should get all of the wrinkles out. Just remember to take out the armor and follow the directions on the nikwax.
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