To Wash or Not to Wash?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Tonk, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. Tonk

    Tonk Broken Adventurer

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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. :eek1

    Ok, let me know how you guys see it??? :ear
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  2. ______

    ______ Been here awhile

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    Ya wanna borrow my bike?
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  3. PhilB

    PhilB Long timer

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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.

    PhilB
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  4. Tonk

    Tonk Broken Adventurer

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    Kirk, Hell yeah I'll borrow your bike. I should mention though, I'm obsessive about MY bike, not others:evil. When do you need it back by?
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  5. ledchevy01

    ledchevy01 n00b

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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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  6. Conedodger

    Conedodger Wanna Ride

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    :lol3:rofl
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  7. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer

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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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  8. doxiedog

    doxiedog Been here awhile

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    It's gonna rain,i'm good. :)
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  9. Jman

    Jman a.k.a. FUglyK

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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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  10. DirtyOldMan

    DirtyOldMan Long timer

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    I wash my v strom a coupla times a year whether it needs it or not.
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  11. B50Paul

    B50Paul Been here awhile

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    Nobody steals dirty bikes:deal

    Paul
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  12. Jayrod1318

    Jayrod1318 Poster

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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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  13. Buzzbomber

    Buzzbomber Not Dr. Who...

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    :nod, 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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  14. FacePalm

    FacePalm D'oh!!!

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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:cry

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

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

    :clap:clap:clap
    :freaky

    -Face


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  15. Tonk

    Tonk Broken Adventurer

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    Just thinking of road salt keeps me up at night
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  16. MikeJansen

    MikeJansen Lost

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    I ride 6 days a week about 50 weeks a year. In all weather except ice and heavy snow. My bike gets a wash once a year. Right before its MOT. :lol3
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  17. Aussijussi

    Aussijussi Long timer

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    I have to admit that i am about the same, really slack with washing the bike.
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  18. jsalman93

    jsalman93 Been here awhile

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    I ride my bike year round as my main vehicle, aside from heavy rains, and put close to 13000 miles on it per year. The only time i really wash it is when I'm working on it or have some friends over so we can work on/wash our bikes all once (not in the closet :D)

    I prefer a clean bike mainly because it's easier to work on and gives you that clean feeling (mentally, if you know what I'm talking about).
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  19. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fartografist

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    i dont like the idea of hitting mine with a pressure washer at the car wash or dunking it with a hose, so mine sort of get's a whore-bath from a bucket n sponge without a lot of fuss.
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  20. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Not only do I suffer the same affliction, but I HATE looking at all those fix-it pictures in the Thumper section showing mud caked bikes in various states of disassembly. :deal

    The Aussies are the worst! :rofl
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