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Old 10-18-2014, 01:05 PM   #1
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what cleaner do you use?

i have a 2009 orange dl650 v-strom aka le grande orange.

occasionally, i have this thought that i should be cleaning the wee.

what cleaner do you use for:

windshield?
headlights?
body panels?
frame?
cast black wheels?

thanks in advance for any info you care to share.

be well.

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Old 10-18-2014, 01:15 PM   #2
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i have a 2009 orange dl650 v-strom aka le grande orange.

occasionally, i have this thought that i should be cleaning the wee.

what cleaner do you use for:

windshield?
headlights?
body panels?
frame?
cast black wheels?

thanks in advance for any info you care to share.

be well.

rob
I use the same soap that I use to wash the car, and the whole bike gets the same. Nothing specific for any part, and lube the chain when you're done.
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Old 10-18-2014, 01:20 PM   #3
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Dish soap and warm water for about everything. Water and Isopropyl alcohol 50/50 mix in a spray bottle for bugs. Aerosol parts cleaner for chain area and rear hub. Seat and rubber wipe down with Armor All.
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Old 10-18-2014, 01:55 PM   #4
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Soap and water, dry and then ACF50 on the metal. If I'm really bored I'll slap some polish on the panels.

Not very often though. Less is more if you're using ACF.
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Old 10-18-2014, 03:38 PM   #5
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Rain.
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Old 10-18-2014, 05:26 PM   #6
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Simple green for the grease/chain lube mess
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Old 10-18-2014, 06:03 PM   #7
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Dollar Store version of Pledge
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Old 10-18-2014, 06:06 PM   #8
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Dollar Store version of Pledge
Lemon scented?

I'll admit that after the rain washes the bugs off, I do use Lemon Pledge, but at least I stepped up to the name brand
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Old 10-19-2014, 08:30 AM   #9
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Lemon scented?

I'll admit that after the rain washes the bugs off, I do use Lemon Pledge, but at least I stepped up to the name brand
You need to try BeHold then...
Hydrogen Peroxide with a little Dawn for bugs
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Old 10-20-2014, 08:53 AM   #10
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I use Aerolon make quick work on spokes, wheels and protects plastics, metal from dead bug acid.

http://aerolon.com/
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:30 AM   #11
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Old 10-20-2014, 02:40 PM   #12
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Be aware that some cleaners can discolor aluminum.
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:04 PM   #13
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I use car detergent and a soft brush & cleaning mit and sometimes this stuff http://www.s100.com/ it works well on fresh road grim but not so good on grease stains.
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Old 10-21-2014, 08:08 PM   #14
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Cleaners

Dish soap has strong grease cutters that will also dissolve wax. Store bought car wash soap cleans well and won't cut the wax. I use Motul spray bike cleaner on the front bug splatters and to remove the brake dust and wheel goop. Scrubbing paint is never a good idea.
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Old 10-22-2014, 07:31 PM   #15
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Once a year I go full on detail with s100 and some wheel cleaning brushes to get in all the nooks and crannies. The rest of the time I use the Honda spray cleaner. Pledge does work great on plastic parts and windshields.
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