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post #1 of 15 Old 09-06-2019, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning Materials

I'm a new 650 owner and getting back into motorcycles.

I would like to keep my bike looking good. What do people use to clean their bikes?
Sprays to wipe down?
Cloths to use?
What to use on the shock forks?
External engine case?
Is there anything I need to consider?

Thank you

2012 V-Strom 650
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-06-2019, 08:29 PM
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VP Racing spray cleaner. Also a variety of brushes.
Leaf blower and towel to dry.

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post #3 of 15 Old 09-06-2019, 08:40 PM
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I'm not good at cleaning stuff. Saying that, I love 303 Aerospace protectant. Works great at keeping black plastics looking good without oily. Although they advertise it for plastics, I also use it on black/anodized aluminum stuff, basically anything that's not paint.
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303 and wd40.

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post #5 of 15 Old 09-06-2019, 09:32 PM
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Hello Bephinney, welcome. I use the Honda aerosol cleaner and microfiber cloth. There is an alternative product that looks just like it, in a pink and black can. Either one will remove about anything, even bugs. I also use car wash soap diluted in a spray bottle and rinse it with water and wipe dry. Just don't let it dry or it will spot.

I bought the black plastic lower engine cover for the xt model to keep crap from getting all over the motor, and prevent something from flying up and hitting the oil filter. It really helps keep things clean. Best, DD
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post #6 of 15 Old 09-08-2019, 11:06 AM
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I'm with D17. Can of Honda spray and micro fiber cloths. What really helps is crashing and a spray can paint job on the repaired bike negates the need for being anal about cleaning. Only thing I polish now is the windshield and the helmet visor.
The bike really was beautiful shiny black when I got it though. It was beautiful, man. But it's not a HD. It's an adventure bike that needs more adventure it sounds like.
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post #7 of 15 Old 09-08-2019, 11:59 AM
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If you are a garden hose and bucket of soap kinda guy the biggest thing to consider is it is not a Faberge egg and you can use whatever soap/detergent you are comfortable with. Same with brushes, sponges and rags.

The only thing I'll caution you on is when using the garden hose set the nozzle to rain so you gently rinse the dirt and soap off. Do not use a high pressure jet to blast dirt and soap away as it may drive water into places you do not what water.

I am not a huge Q-tip and crevice tool detailer sort and if the bike is generally clean I'm good with it as is. I do however like to use Meguire plastic detailer from time to time to keep the black plastics looking fresh.
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post #8 of 15 Old 09-08-2019, 12:21 PM
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As an ole, high mileage rider, I've accepted the fact that clean doesn't last very long. You start over again and again. I wash my Vee about once maybe twice a year. That doesn't count riding in the rain. My back wheel and guard has so much chain lube on them that dog pee just slides right off. I'd rather ride more and clean less. Besides who would want to steal a grungy ole rice grinder when there's all those pretty, shinny HDs around. 🏍💨
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post #9 of 15 Old 09-08-2019, 12:31 PM
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Microfiber rag and some eagle 1 wax as you dry for all the painted stuff/frame, 303 protectant on the seat. WD40 to clean the tar/grease off. Mostly I just use whatever I use on the boat. I usually give the bikes a quick 60 second wipe down every time I park them for the day, as well as cleaning my helmet lens. If they get really dirty I might bucket wash them, never had to break out a hose - but I ride on pavement.

My 63K FZ1 and 42K Vstrom look almost brand new - also because the previous owners cared for them too.

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Once every five years or so I hit with he pressure washer. Mostly I just use dish soap.

Lot's of things you already have are really good at removing grime. Lamp oil (highly refined kerosene) like used for tiki torches is good for the chain. But I don't clean my chain often. Just lube it with 30 wt oil.

Pledge is good for the win screen. Plexus is better, but pledge will do.
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