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post #1 of 34 Old 07-06-2017, 06:21 AM Thread Starter
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What cycle wash are y'all using?

For a long while I used Suzuki Cycle wash. Several years ago our local dealer dropped Suzuki and all Suzuki products and I've been hit and miss on a satisfying wash product ever since.

The S100 stuff is available at that same dealership but it is ... well, pricey. In fact, it is pricey online.

Looking at Amazon I see a spray-on rinse-off cycle cleaner called "Bike Brite MC441G" that is available by the gallon.

Does anyone have experience with the Bike Brite product?

Finally, I'm open to suggestion. I mainly want to find something that will clear away the grime without removing the wax or otherwise marring the finish.

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Just my opinion:

For an everyday wash of any vehicle, I use just about any automotive wash (Zymol, Mothers, Meguir's, etc) found at the local store.

For the serious cleaning, I use Zaino Z-7 and Z-6. Zaino Store: Shine Maintenance

However, most of the time my bike is dirty from riding.

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The same good quality shampoo I use on my car. Lately, Meguiars.
But, as long as we're on the subject, do others fire up the leaf blower to dislodge pockets of water in and around the bike, and hasten the drying process? And when you do wash yours, do you always shine up the rear wheel? That perpetually grimy rear wheel?

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Thanks for the replies. Vinny, I'll look into those products. Thanks for the links.

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The same good quality shampoo I use on my car. Lately, Meguiars. But, as long as we're on the subject, do others fire up the leaf blower to dislodge pockets of water in and around the bike, and hasten the drying process? And when you do wash yours, do you always shine up the rear wheel? That perpetually grimy rear wheel?
Pressure drives water into places it does not need to go, or places that seals would - under ordinary circumstances, prevent water from entering. So I do not use high pressure water to rinse or the leaf blower to dry.

I do clean the rear wheel, but one ride and a dab of oil later it is back to grimy.

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I washed mine for the first time in a year on Tuesday. Rode down the lane and it was dirty...
Guess it'll have to wait for a good rainstorm or until next year. I used Blue Coral car wash.
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Believe it or not I use Spic & Span powder to wash bikes, cars, trucks and the motorhome. Does not strip wax, leaves no residue and one box will last about two years.

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Finally, I'm open to suggestion. I mainly want to find something that will clear away the grime without removing the wax or otherwise marring the finish.
As already mentioned by a several posters, any quality car wash will remove dirt and leave the wax (mostly) untouched. I used to poke around in a detailing forum for advice on buffing cars and product in general. From memory Mequiar's Gold Class was recommended as an inexpensive, usually easy to find wash. You can go crazy and visit autogeek's online store, but I landed on Gold Class when walmart was closing it out. It is way thicker than the cheap stuff my wife bought previously.
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What is this......."wash"?
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I use Blue Coral car wash diluted with water. It's on the shelf at your local Wal-Mart.

For drying, I get out the leaf blower to blow the water out of the cracks and crevices on the bike.

After most dry pavement rides, I spritz on Meguiars Quik Wax and buff out with a microfiber cloth. Since most of my rides are only on dry pavement in good weather, the bike doesn't really get dirty enough for an all-over wash very often.

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