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Old 10-21-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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To Wash or Not to Wash?

Ok, I'll admit it..... I like my bike clean. I take it out, I get it dirty. I come home and time permitting, I wash it. I'll take it out the next day and get it dirty again and (time permitting) come home and clean it up. I can't stand to leave it covered in s#*t. In my defense, if I know it's getting dirty again tomorrow I won't waste my time cleaning it but it doesn't sit for more than a day covered in poo. The way I see it... I take care of the bike and it takes care of me.

I'm admitting my problem because a fellow rider has threatened to "out me" as an "obsessive washer" to the ADV world.

Ok, let me know how you guys see it???
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:41 PM   #2
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:42 PM   #3
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I am pretty much the opposite of this. I ride for main transportation every day, in all kinds of weather; if was uptight about the bike being clean, that would consume a hell of a lot of my time. I care that it runs right; that it is maintained as required, and repaired as needed, and that does the job.

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Old 10-21-2012, 07:48 PM   #4
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Kirk, Hell yeah I'll borrow your bike. I should mention though, I'm obsessive about MY bike, not others. When do you need it back by?
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:54 PM   #5
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I've been riding back and forth to Florida about three times a month, for the last four months and haven't wash my bike once, as long as it runs good and the maintenance is kept up I believe it will be just fine, gives the bike personality.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:55 PM   #6
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:58 PM   #7
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When I was younger I thought a dirty bike was cool. Over the years I figured out that corroded fasteners suck. These days my bikes get the mud and grime washed off. It is amazing how much easier it is to work on a clean bike and how much longer everything lasts.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:07 PM   #8
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:13 PM   #9
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Hi, my name is Jason. I'm a bike washer....


Sorry, they run better clean. I agree that they are MUCH easier to work on clean. I am an outcast from my group of friends because of this affliction.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:19 PM   #10
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I wash my v strom a coupla times a year whether it needs it or not.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:22 PM   #11
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:23 PM   #12
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I'm in the obsessive washing is bad camp.

However I always wash before working on them.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:33 PM   #13
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When I was younger I thought a dirty bike was cool. Over the years I figured out that corroded fasteners suck. These days my bikes get the mud and grime washed off. It is amazing how much easier it is to work on a clean bike and how much longer everything lasts.
, though it seems a lot more important for DS/dirt bikes and any bike ridden after the first road salt application of the winter...
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:57 PM   #14
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You are not alone, my friend. There are others out there like you, like me. You dont have to suffer alone, in the dark, hiding from the SHAME of a clean motorcycle

They may MOCK you for waxing the underside of your fenders, But we do NOT!

Stand Tall! Step out from the Shadows! A NEW Day has dawned! One full of Hope & Promise!!! Step FORTH, and SLAM the door to that closet of shame behind you!!!




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Ok, I'll admit it..... I like my bike clean. I take it out, I get it dirty. I come home and time permitting, I wash it. I'll take it out the next day and get it dirty again and (time permitting) come home and clean it up. I can't stand to leave it covered in s#*t. In my defense, if I know it's getting dirty again tomorrow I won't waste my time cleaning it but it doesn't sit for more than a day covered in poo. The way I see it... I take care of the bike and it takes care of me.

I'm admitting my problem because a fellow rider has threatened to "out me" as an "obsessive washer" to the ADV world.

Ok, let me know how you guys see it???
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:40 AM   #15
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Eek

Just thinking of road salt keeps me up at night
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