To Wash or Not to Wash?

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

  1. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    I'm a "never washer" (that's what rain is for), but I keep the chain scrupulously clean, and I'm meticulous about maintenance.


    Filthy Vee. Clean chain.
    [​IMG]
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  2. atomicalex

    atomicalex silly aluminum boxes

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    Once or twice a year, the plastic comes off and goes in the bathtub for a good soak, wash, and wax. The hose comes out pretty regularly for rinses, and there are occasional spot waxes.

    I like washing my bike. It takes a lot less time than washing my car. I'm incredibly, erm, focused (yeah) about washing the car. The Passat takes about six hours by the time I get all of the parts off and individually scrubbed, polished, clayed, and waxed. If I pull all of the rubber parts, add another two hours for peanut butter and silicone oil.
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  3. sloweddy

    sloweddy Tree Hugger

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    Sorry for being juvenile - but using peanut butter & silicone oil on your rubber parts ( for 2 hours) sounds a little kinky
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  4. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    I was a service manager in a Yamaha Triumph BSA dealership as a young man. One of my polices was if you brought me a very dirty bike to be worked on you could take it up the street to the car wash or you could pay shop rate for one of my guys to wash it! It makes it so much nicer to work on a clean motorcycle or anything, its worth it to keep them clean! (IMO) I'm a washer! But I'm not afraid to get them dirty!
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  5. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    Street bike, not so much. I like it clean, but I will ride it dirty.

    Dirt bike, REALLY needs to be cleaned properly after every ride that involves mud. Dust, dirt, not so much. Critical part is keeping the mud from drying on the forks. The seals hit dried mud and it wears them out unecessarily fast, or just destroys them right there. Pro-tip for that: When done riding in mud, if you are not going to wash, push the forks all the way down through their travel a couple times to get the wet mud off before it dries.

    Barry
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  6. atomicalex

    atomicalex silly aluminum boxes

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    It's not. The peanut butter absorbs and removes any wax residues that are discoloring the black rubber parts, and the silicone oil works as a plasticizer so that they don't get crumbly later on. It's far less exciting than it sounds.
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  7. EricD10563

    EricD10563 Been here awhile

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    I wash mine mainly because I'm a OCD type, there is a benefit though IMHO you'll find leaks, bolts that need to be tightened, screws in tires etc.. it's a good way to go over the bike, just saying.
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