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Cleaning Your Bike

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 6:36 pm
by Rainey
How do you clean your bike, how long does it take you and how clean is "clean".

Need to seriously go over my ZX10... got some frosty brakes and not so shiny headers. Bastard flys get everywhere!

Re: Cleaning Your Bike

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 6:52 pm
by bombdoctor
Where I now work, we have an industrial jetwash and this lovely hot soapy stuff that get EVERYTHING off.
The pan is gleaming after 15 minutes of this blasting it.

(keep away from the bearings though)

Re: Cleaning Your Bike

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 7:16 pm
by Rainey
I'm on my way :lol:

Re: Cleaning Your Bike

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 7:59 pm
by blagger
i take it for a ride in the rain, does that count :whistle:

Re: Cleaning Your Bike

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 8:32 pm
by Camel
blagger wrote:i take it for a ride in the rain, does that count :whistle:


Aren't all your rides in the rain? :palm:

Re: Cleaning Your Bike

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 8:45 pm
by Kaosone
Muc-off de-greaser & a bucket of warm water with washing up liquid in it, use an old sponge on the greasy bits (swing arm, wheels, undertray & back of the numberplate) & a clean one on the rest of the bike (toothbrush for nooks & crannies)....

T-cut frame & chassis if needed, spray ACF-50 on & buff in with an old T-shirt, gives it a lovely gloss shine & the next load of dirt sticks in the oil so is easily removed next time. Halfrauds gloss or satin touch up pens for any chips on the chassis (old paddock stand used to scratch the swing arm). WD-40 & a rag to remove any glue residues from old balance weight adhesive or GoPro mounts.

Clean chain = Bike on paddock stand, rear wheel out & pour 1" of paraffin into a washing up bowl. Lay w section of chain in it, go at it with a paint brush & rotate until it's all clean. Rear wheel hub in the washing up bowl & attack with the paint brush (same goes for wheel spacers front sprocket cover etc).

After a winter of riding (with the bike being covered in ACF-50) I generally...

get it on paddock stands
Remove wheels
Remove discs / sprocket carrier
Remove forks & mudguard
Clean all parts individually, ACF 50 (muc-off brake cleaner on discs) & refit
Pads out clean pistons with brake cleaner & a toothbrush, free up pistons, red grease seals, copper grease rear of pads & rebuild
Paraffin chain etc
WD-40 wiring connectors however I am using "some grease that I can't spell" on them now

Gets the worst of it out the way :25:

Re: Cleaning Your Bike

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 9:08 pm
by blagger
or if i cant be arse to go for run i get the automated bike cleaner out
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there is even a mow lawn function too on it as well


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Re: Cleaning Your Bike

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 9:11 pm
by mark 64
I need one of them how much do they cost :whistle:

Re: Cleaning Your Bike

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 9:17 pm
by blagger
not as pricey as you think, but its the constant whining that can get on your nerves after long use does put most ppl off :lmao:

Re: Cleaning Your Bike

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 9:25 pm
by Camel
:lmao:

Mine just fucking whines :palm:

Re: Cleaning Your Bike

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 9:26 pm
by Armi
I don't clean the bike anymore...too much duct tape on it :03:

Re: Cleaning Your Bike

PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 7:53 pm
by LoKiE
Offer on at Halfords - Simonz Car Shampoo 5ltrs rrp £19.99 50% off now £9.99 and buy three for two,

so for 20 notes you get 15ltrs and this is highly rated shampoo, well recommend it (note if using halfords trade card, then ensure the 3 for 2 deal deduction tills out) mine didn't but they just re-carded it me, there are also a few other 3 for two offers etc...

A good shampoo and parrafin is all you need, be very careful with the Jet washers near your wheel bearings etc and some of them at work/industrial pressures too aggressive, can ruin your metal/paintwork - a lot of the industrial de-Greasers supplied at works will defo Fook your Pan up given a few treatments - Beware peeps Front ends of bike/impact areas I have alwys applied Armour all, nothing clings tgo it, flys and bugs just get Twated and slip off