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Old 09-07-2011, 07:32 AM   #9301
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My habit is to spray WD40 on the engine, contacts, hoses, cables, gages etc. after every wash. Wipe off the excess WD40 with an old t-shirt (your engine will shine like it did on the showroom) and then start the bike to burn off the excess WD40 you could not get to.
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:34 AM   #9302
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Very similar here..
1/ I wash the bike first (includes scrub the seat panels)
2/ then start up and run to full operating temp while I blow the bike down completely with compressed air.
3/ Do the full WD40 routine as outlined below, once the bike has cooled..

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My habit is to spray WD40 on the engine, contacts, hoses, cables, gages etc. after every wash. Wipe off the excess WD40 with an old t-shirt (your engine will shine like it did on the showroom) and then start the bike to burn off the excess WD40 you could not get to.
3a/ While WD'ing it I always inspect for loose fasteners/spokes etc
3b/ Everyr second or 3rd wash I will remove all panels and lift the tank to thoroughly clean hidden details.

4/ Plexus (polish) the paintwork.
5/ Wipe the discs with petrol soaked rag to remove WD40
6/ ride it and get it dirty again.

Greg.
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:54 AM   #9303
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:11 AM   #9304
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Wow, who has the time for this? My street bikes are lucky to get washed twice a year, the dirt bikes more so, depending upon how much mud I ride through.

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Very similar here..
1/ I wash the bike first (includes scrub the seat panels)
2/ then start up and run to full operating temp while I blow the bike down completely with compressed air.
3/ Do the full WD40 routine as outlined below, once the bike has cooled..



3a/ While WD'ing it I always inspect for loose fasteners/spokes etc
3b/ Everyr second or 3rd wash I will remove all panels and lift the tank to thoroughly clean hidden details.

4/ Plexus (polish) the paintwork.
5/ Wipe the discs with petrol soaked rag to remove WD40
6/ ride it and get it dirty again.

Greg.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:13 AM   #9305
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Seriously?

And here I am, thinking there NOTHING more damaging for any engine then "washing it and then letting it run for a minute or 2 to dry it"

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Old 09-07-2011, 09:16 AM   #9306
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I wish I had the time for all that. Most Japanese riders keep their bikes in pristine condition. They're aways looking awesome, but I wonder how often they get a chance to ride with all the cleaning going on

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Very similar here..
1/ I wash the bike first (includes scrub the seat panels)
2/ then start up and run to full operating temp while I blow the bike down completely with compressed air.
3/ Do the full WD40 routine as outlined below, once the bike has cooled..



3a/ While WD'ing it I always inspect for loose fasteners/spokes etc
3b/ Everyr second or 3rd wash I will remove all panels and lift the tank to thoroughly clean hidden details.

4/ Plexus (polish) the paintwork.
5/ Wipe the discs with petrol soaked rag to remove WD40
6/ ride it and get it dirty again.

Greg.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:44 AM   #9307
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Laugh Cleaniness is next to... OCD, I think...

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As a friend of mine so eloquently put it decades ago... with regards to washing, cleaning, etc....



"I just ride it... and *PARK* it."





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Old 09-07-2011, 09:48 AM   #9308
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^ ?

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Wow, who has the time for this? My street bikes are lucky to get washed twice a year, the dirt bikes more so, depending upon how much mud I ride through.
I have/make time for it as, for the last 6 months, it has seen more trail time than road time.. We have been getting out in the forest around three times per month, generally doing about 150kms over a 4 to 6 hour ride depending on how technical the ride is.

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Seriously?

And here I am, thinking there NOTHING more damaging for any engine then "washing it and then letting it run for a minute or 2 to dry it"

Yes seriously.. My bikes always look as new as when they are purchased.. Call it OCD - I call it preventative maint and keeping the value up of my gear.
+ I enjoy it!!
Each for there own but thats the way I treat my machinery - Bikes, cars, trucks, earthmoving gear etc.
Every thing I own is ready to roll without prep as it has already been done after I use it last. Including damage repair.

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Old 09-07-2011, 09:50 AM   #9309
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Wasp is the kind of guy that you want to buy a used bike from.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:52 AM   #9310
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As a friend of mine so eloquently put it decades ago... with regards to washing, cleaning, etc....



"I just ride it... and *PARK* it."





Dallara



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The same person probably wonders why his bike is the one that has ALL the mechanical problems, or is always the bridesmaid when it comes time for re-sale, or has to be sold for peanuts to move it on.

Dont get me wrong - When I am out it gets the shit beaten out of it, but you would never pick it to look at it, or run it, or check the oil, or check the service record, or ride it...

Greg.
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:12 AM   #9311
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The same person probably wonders why his bike is the one that has ALL the mechanical problems, or is always the bridesmaid when it comes time for re-sale, or has to be sold for peanuts to move it on.

Dont get me wrong - When I am out it gets the shit beaten out of it, but you would never pick it to look at it, or run it, or check the oil, or check the service record, or ride it...

Greg.


Gee, Greg...

It was just a joke. Actually the gentleman in question always had his brother to take care of the mechanical aspect of his mounts, and his brother was a very competent wrench.

As for my own bikes (or cars, or trucks, etc.) I would hazard they would match your own for dependability, mechanical excellence, etc. I've been riding since 1970, and I competed in just about every form of motorcycle racing known to man, almost always doing my own preparation (except for some of the sponsored rides), and I neither tolerated, nor ever really had, any mechanical breakdowns or failures. I subscribed to the time proven mantra that "To finish first, first you have to finish." Always stood me in good stead...

All the way up to fielding Indy Cars for a decade, etc.

I also spent more than half my life in as a dealer, both of motorcycles and of cars and trucks, so I know a tiny tad about resale value, etc., too.

But I do always appreciate a good sermon!!!

Thanks!

Dallara




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Old 09-07-2011, 10:45 AM   #9312
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Every thing I own is ready to roll without prep as it has already been done after I use it last. Including damage repair.
I'm the same way. All of my bikes look and run like new and I'd hop on any one of them for a cross country trip without checking anything or giving it a second thought since I KNOW they are ready to go right now as they sit.
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:15 AM   #9313
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Seriously?

And here I am, thinking there NOTHING more damaging for any engine then "washing it and then letting it run for a minute or 2 to dry it"



You drive in the rain don't you?
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:20 AM   #9314
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It's not about the water, it's about running an engine stationary for 2 minutes just to dissipate excess water/WD40 leftover from cleaning...I don't think the battery is going to like that, let alone the wear inside the engine of idle running for 2 minutes cold.

I'm very carefull of my equipment aswell, and that means I don't start my car to go 2 miles to the store if I can take my bicycle instead, nor do I run my bike 2 minutes to let it dry. If you really want to let it dry, just leave it outside in the sun before you push it back in the garage.

But what do I know I guess
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:20 AM   #9315
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As for my own bikes (or cars, or trucks, etc.) I would hazard they would match your own for dependability, mechanical excellence, etc. I've been riding since 1970, and I competed in just about every form of motorcycle racing known to man, almost always doing my own preparation (except for some of the sponsored rides), and I neither tolerated, nor ever really had, any mechanical breakdowns or failures. I subscribed to the time proven mantra that "To finish first, first you have to finish." Always stood me in good stead...

All the way up to fielding Indy Cars for a decade, etc.

I also spent more than half my life in as a dealer, both of motorcycles and of cars and trucks, so I know a tiny tad about resale value, etc., too.

But I do always appreciate a good sermon!!!

Thanks!

Dallara

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Well, sorry bout that - No sermon intended, and I certainly didnt mean to piss folks off...

Back to normal program..

Greg
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