The bikes & car wash thread...

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Huzband, May 6, 2013.

  1. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    Ever have your bike washed at a car wash place? I did last week. Won't again.

    Next to my office is a convenience store. They have a covered area on the side, & there is a rotation of thugs...err, I mean gentlemen, that rotate in & out doing car washes. I've had various fellows wash my truck from time to time, but rarely the RT. A couple weeks ago I gave the new parolees a shot at the RT. I was specific about no Armor All. He understood, & I trusted him. Picked up the the bike, clean, nice job, & no sign of Armor All. Till later.

    On the way home the bike is sliding around in the corners. What the hell? Low tire pressure? I check it when I'm home. No, good there. Next day I ride to work. Again with the sketchy cornering traction. What the hell? Then it occurs to me. A few days before I let them wash the RT, I had them do my truck. They hosed down the tires with Armor All, as they do every car. Whatever cloths they use on cars, they used on my bike. And, whatever residual Armor All was on their deck, was transfered to my tires.

    Gonna take another hundred or so miles to burn it off. Be careful if you have someone else wash your bike.
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  2. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    :huh

    And what Exactly, lead you down the path to this being a good idea?

    Unless there are bikini's involved (and a charity) nobody be washing my scoot.
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  3. Wlfman

    Wlfman Long timer

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    THIS x 100
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  4. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Why?

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    Not even then. Pay the money for the wash if that blows your hair back, then watch the show. But no way is anyone else washing my bike, Just too many things that can go wrong.
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  5. Frostback

    Frostback Frostback

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    Yes to all that. So much of a bike wash is diagnostic too. Just getting your hands on all the parts for looseness, cracks, wear points. Washing a bike is sort of like offering your lady friend a massage . . . there is often an unspoken intention.

    Lee
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  6. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    Of course you're all right. My only excuse is temporary stupidity. As I said, never again.
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  7. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    :clap


    I believe we have had a breakthrough! :lol3


    No worries man. We all have moments of dumbassitis from time to time.

    Cheers :beer Ken
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  8. Rick G

    Rick G Ranger Rick

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    Fortunately no harm, no foul. Live and learn.

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  9. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Get some Naphta (Coleman gas) and wash off the residual it will break down the silicone. Then soap and water if you wish but there shouldn't be a need, Naphta evaporates pretty fast without much of a residue. I wouldn't wait 100 miles.:eek1
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  10. car94

    car94 What's this Box for?

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    These ladies washing the Moto is Okay.
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    This is not!
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  11. davidbeinct

    davidbeinct Been here awhile

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    Dude, seriously, you've been here since when? And this is how you do it? How do you expect a thread about a momentary lapse of reason on your part to degenerate into 18 pages of bitter back and forth if you're just gonna say, "Yeah, it was a boneheaded move," on page 1!!!

    David B.
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  12. rgoers

    rgoers Been here awhile

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    Who washes their bike anyway??? Seriously... that dirt may be the only proof you were actually off-roading. The only other way to prove it is with an injury... that's why I prefer to just leave it dirty! :evil
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  13. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    Rain gear; automatic carwash (brushless); done :D
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  14. Andy Mc

    Andy Mc Adventurer

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    Has anyone actually done this? How did it go?
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  15. Bollocks

    Bollocks Farts with an Accentâ„¢

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  16. Contevita

    Contevita Cigar Adventurer

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    A few months after I learned to ride a proper motorcycle I washed the bike and promptly sprayed Armor All on the seat. Holy shit, I made that mistake only once.
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  17. Bollocks

    Bollocks Farts with an Accentâ„¢

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    Ya, been there done that.


    Wife's sister....long, long ago....washed her then boyfriends bike and rubbed chrome polish on the rotators.

    Ended fine, thank Dog.
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  18. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Why?

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    What the hell is a rotator?
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  19. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    Feexed! :D
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  20. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Why?

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    ^^^^^

    Love the support - and that only took five minutes!
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