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Old 03-03-2015, 07:55 AM   #1
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Bike Dryers - Worth Getting?

I'm considering buying a bike dryer and was wondering if anybody's got any experience of:
- AirForce Blaster Dryer (looks good, but seems a bit expensive 199/$306) or
- Motopro 90/$138
or any others for that matter?

I've also heard of people using pet dryers, which seem pretty much the same thing, but start from around 50/77...and leaf blowers.

Any thoughts? Anything that speeds-up the cleaning process has got to be worth it.
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Old 03-03-2015, 07:57 AM   #2
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Not for me...but if you're into that kind of thing, you might check with a Harley store.
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Old 03-03-2015, 08:03 AM   #3
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I have one and find it helpful to dry the inaccessible places where rust and corrosion like to start. They cost more than they should, and I would not call them a good "value", but they do a very good job.
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Old 03-03-2015, 08:09 AM   #4
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I use a leaf blower on my car so I won't scratch the finish as a cloth would do.
Never did that on my bike, I usually wash it before a ride and the wind takes care of the water.
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Old 03-03-2015, 08:53 AM   #5
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lol you can buy an electric leaf blower for $20 and stick a Ferrari or Bugatti decal on it if it makes you feel better. It is the same thing.
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Old 03-03-2015, 09:00 AM   #6
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I use a leaf blower. Works fine.
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Old 03-03-2015, 09:04 AM   #7
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Yep, I've also used a leaf blower.
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Old 03-03-2015, 09:32 AM   #8
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Old 03-03-2015, 10:09 AM   #9
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I have used my brothers Air Force Master Blaster. The dryer works much better than a leaf blower because the air is warm/hot and actually dries the surface. The air velocity is also quite strong. When I heard what he paid for it ($300 or so) I was shocked. But I still would like to own one. They work very well.
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Old 03-03-2015, 10:22 AM   #10
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Man, I need to come up with a doo-dad that people are willing to pay $300+ for...

I get by with a blow gun wand from Harbor Freight that I attach to my air compressor. $4. (My bike doesn't mind the cold air...)

http://www.harborfreight.com/air-blo...ion-68257.html
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Old 03-03-2015, 11:16 AM   #11
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I use my air compressor. But I do often see leaf blowers on sale for 29 bucks that I could use on the bike.

I could even use it blowing leaves.
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Old 03-03-2015, 11:43 AM   #12
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I have used my brothers Air Force Master Blaster. The dryer works much better than a leaf blower because the air is warm/hot and actually dries the surface. The air velocity is also quite strong. When I heard what he paid for it ($300 or so) I was shocked. But I still would like to own one. They work very well.
This is true. Another difference between this and a leaf blower with a sticker on it is that it filters the air so that it doesn't try to imitate a sand blaster. You don't need the 8 hp one. The 4 hp. one does fine. Haters gonna hate.
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Old 03-03-2015, 11:44 AM   #13
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When I wash my bike I cover the H/B controls with alum foil 'cause it's quick & easy.
I use the leaf blower to dry it.
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:17 PM   #14
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When I wash my bike I cover the H/B controls with alum foil 'cause it's quick & easy.
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I've never heard of that..
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:00 PM   #15
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I've used the outlet of a shop-vac, just make sure that the inside of the tube and tub and all the bits are clean and free of dirt.

the one I used was a 2" diameter hose so we necked it down that sped up the air a little.

Using that and a microfiber rag works well if you have hard water and you need a bike dried right away.
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