Cleaning without washing

Discussion in 'Bay Area Bikers' started by John Lewellen, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. Hi, folks,

    The apartment complex where I live has a "no-washing" policy for
    renters' vehicles. Since I'm fairly new (again) to the area, I don't
    yet have local riding buddies I can hit up for use of hoses and
    spigots and the like.

    However, rain, brake dust, dump trucks, and the like, happen. (In
    fact, 250 out of the first 280 miles on my new bike were in the
    rain.... Worth it, though.)

    So ... any suggestions for a good spray-on, wipe-off cleaning
    solution? I looked around at the cycle show yesterday, but didn't
    find anything that seemed to fit the bill. Lots of stuff for
    detailing, but not much for heavier-duty, um, duty.

    Good roads,

    - John L.
    John Lewellen, Nov 18, 2007
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  2. I've washed bikes with nothing more than two buckets-- one with
    soapy water, and one with clear water. This probably wouldn't
    work with heavy mud and the like, but it's OK for regular road

    I've taken bike bits to a do-it-yourself car wash, but never a
    whole bike. I can see that working if you're really careful
    with the pressure hose.

    Patti Beadles, Nov 19, 2007
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  3. I met a guy last year (It was at the 4th of July town picnic in McCloud,
    CA.) who swore by Pledge, the furniture polish. I'm sure I asked whether
    he prefers the lemon scented version but I don't recall his answer.
    Michael R. Kesti, Nov 19, 2007
  4. Is this something you know from personal experience?
    The gentleman said he had been using Pledge for some number of years. His
    bike was a medium red but I don't recall, viewing in direct sunlight,
    detecting any orange overtones.

    I googled around and found several sites with user testimony that indicates
    using Pledge on motorcycle parts, both metal and plastic (even windshilds)
    has worked well. The most negative thing I found was that it didn't work
    as well as an unspecified Honda product.

    I also came across S100 Total Cycle Cleaner, a product that I recall one of
    the sales guys at the local Honda shop recommending to me years ago but I
    have never tried. This might be something more like the OP is seeking, but
    its instructions say to "spray on and hose off" so it may be suitable.
    Michael R. Kesti, Nov 19, 2007
  5. John Lewellen

    Rich Guest

    Similar problem here. I've found that there's an outfit called Pronto
    Wash that has portable washing equipment at some of the local shopping
    malls. I've had them wash my bike several times, for which they charge
    $12. When I was planning to show it off, I had them wash and wax it for
    $25. If you like to be hands on, just have it washed and then you can
    keep it up with the spray detailer.

    Rich, Urban Biker
    Rich, Nov 19, 2007
  6. John Lewellen

    ~ Guest

    There's NO substitute for soap and water to remove the bugs dirt and
    grit from your motorcycle before you polish it.

    If you don't get the abrasive stuff off the painted surfaces, you're
    going to scratch the paint if you try to use a chemical cleaner.
    ~, Nov 19, 2007
  7. I'd go with the do-it-yourself carwash myself, or better
    yet, find a more friendly apartment complex.

    Agreed about the need to be very careful, especially
    around any tranny or other vents and electrical stuff.

    Probably the best way to limit the danger of water infiltration
    is to not spray too close. Keep the sprayer a few feet away
    from the bike when washing areas that you're worried about.
    Rob Kleinschmidt, Nov 26, 2007
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