Motorcycle Detailing Tips – Getting Your Baby Clean

You may have just pulled your bike out of winter storage or for whatever reason the bike needs a good cleaning. If you want to get your baby shining like new, here’s how:

  • Prep the bike for a good wash and wax:
    • Lift the bike and secure it on a motorcycle jack (this allows for undercarriage access).
    • Cover all exposed electronics (Taping a plastic bag works).
    • Cover all exposed air intakes (Cover the carburetor and fuel injection intake).
  • Spray the bike with a hose, get it good and wet:
    • Use a clean sponge and good quality car wash soap (lather it up real well)
    • Make sure to get every nook and cranny (with the bike lifted you can rotate the wheels).
  • If your drivetrain has some grease build up, you can use a degreaser (let it sit for 5 minutes, then rinse it off with water).
  • Rinse the entire bike.
  • Dry the bike with a microfiber cloth:
    • Make sure to dry every nook and cranny
  • Removing the seat and easy accessory coverings will make it much easier to polish the paint.
  • If your bike has some age, the paint may have swirl marks or scratches. Use rubbing compound made for light scratches. Apply just like wax until the entire service has a dry film. The hard part is rubbing it off with a good microfiber cloth. When you’re done the paint should have more shine and some scratches should disappear.
  • Protect the paint with a good Carnauba wax. Apply until there is a dry film covering all of the paint. Rub the film off with a microfiber cloth and your paint should shine like new. You can then put the seat and coverings back on the bike.

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  • Protect your seat with a conditioner for vinyl or leather.
  • Clean and polish your windshield with a manufacturer recommended cleaner. Windex may not work on a plastic windshield.
  • Clean chrome and aluminum with a metal polish. Protect both of them with a good waxing. A spoke cleaner will help with getting in between those tricky spokes.
  • Do not use tire dressing because it can cause the tire to lose traction (Motorcycle tires are rounded, car tires are more square. The edge of a motorcycle tire is where most turning occurs and traction should be optimal.)

Once your bike is shining and pristine, take it out for a spin. If it is covered in bugs, you had a good time. As they say, wash, rinse and repeat!

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