Why Clean Your Bike

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by meat popsicle, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Now I would not say that I am Mr. Clean. (leave him alone YFF!) I understand how easy it is to let cleaning slide; you could be riding right? Or how about a siesta in the hammock... it doesn't seem as important as chain tensioning or other periodic maintenance, but that is a mistake.

    Why? Because cleaning your bike, and I mean thoroughly - get down on your hands and knees and try to get into all those places your fingers can't quite push the rag, or start disassembling until you can - like I was typing, a good cleaning will force you to thoroughly inspect your bike and you will see things that you would not ordinarily notice. Not only that, but a clean bike is much easier to check than a dirty one. Your detection rate will improve, once all that dirt is out of the way.

    Here is my example, and start of a search for information on a potential issue. I was down on my knees, when I noticed what looked like oil spray directly behind my kick starter shaft. I got curious and layed down on my back and found this:
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    See it? No? :lol3 OK, how about a crop:
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    Yes, a drop of oil hanging from the bottom of my kick starter. :uhoh

    So now, that I know there is a potential issue - leaking kick starter seal? - I can do something about it. If I had not been down there cleaning my bike I might have ended up with a bigger problem, which usually happens in BFE.

    Oh yeah, in case you didn't notice, I am soliciting information on potential sources of that leak. I would think that the kick starter shaft is a likely culprit, so I cleaned it up thoroughly in order to monitor it.

    Here is the assembly:
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    Two seals are listed:

    #17
    Item #: 0760223270
    SHAFT SEAL RING 22X32X7 BSL
    Quanity On Diagram: 1
    Cost Each: $7.25

    #7
    Item #: 58038022000
    CU-SEAL RING DIN7603-12X18X1,5
    Quanity On Diagram: 1
    Cost Each: $1.50
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  2. CaptTurbo

    CaptTurbo Long timer

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    It's a good thing your bike was dirty or that oil wouldn't have soaked into all that dirt making the problem easy to spot. Keeping your bike clean is just wreckless and irresponsible!

    :poser
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  3. creeper

    creeper Still alive...

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  4. motostyle

    motostyle \/ The MAN - R.I.P. \/

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    "Why? Because cleaning your bike, and I mean thoroughly - get down on your hands and knees and try to get into all those places your fingers can't quite push the rag, or start disassembling until you can - like I was typing, a good cleaning will force you to thoroughly inspect your bike and you will see things that you would not ordinarily notice. Not only that, but a clean bike is much easier to check than a dirty one. Your detection rate will improve, once all that dirt is out of the way."





    I broke into a cold sweat when I read this. For a second, just a second in time, I was 17 again and my dad was yelling at me to clean my VW so i could see if any oil was leaking from somewhere new.
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  5. BlitzBike

    BlitzBike LC4 Pilot

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    Welcome to the club...mine looks exactly like that but, you know why I ain't gonna fix it? Because if its leakin now when I barely ever used my kicker-- then it will just do it again after i fix it. Timing site glass weeps too.
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  6. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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  7. Mr. Ray

    Mr. Ray Chemically Enhanced

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    this thread eluded me until now. It makes a lot of sense. I love it.
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  8. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Since this thread got unearthed, I am quoting my favorite reply. :lol3

    And while my fingers are rattlin' away, I might as well say one (other) thing that might contribute to lack of cleaning, and maybe maintenance too: The Disposable Culture.
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  9. bongodave

    bongodave Intellectual

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    Great article, and well said. I've fixed so many things just by fiddling with them!

    How many people do you know who will ditch a car when it starts to give them problems? It's like replacing it is a smarter move than fixing it. That's not always true. You can make a decent living buying appliances with just one little problem and reselling them.

    Cubans are still driving cars from the 50s. A little care and some elbow grease go a long way.
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  10. Zerodog

    Zerodog Long timer

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    Mine has that same drip. I need to do the deal myself. I believe mine is leaking from the little one inside the shaft.
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  11. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    You saw Creeper's link eh?

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=156231

    ps - mine stopped or really, really slowed down all by it's lonesome... :scratch
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  12. plugeye

    plugeye unforgiven

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    Why Clean Your Bike

    exactly
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  13. banshee8989

    banshee8989 AKA: Fartman

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    Looks to me if you ride a KTM cleaning is essential.:D :D :D :D :D :lol3 . After 15 years of abuse on a Honda the thing has never sprung a leak.
    :hide

    But seriously cleaning and inspecting is important and not just on dirt bikes. I wish we could get cage drivers to do the same thing.
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  14. Grootseun

    Grootseun Thumpin around

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    I had some intermittent Idling probs on my 06 Dakar. I decided to have a look see, couldn't see anything under the dirt :rofl

    Cleaned the rocker cable thingy assembly (technical term) and voila problem solved.

    Now the bike has to wait till sumthin else packs up before i clean it again... :wink:
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  15. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
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  16. XR650L_Dave

    XR650L_Dave Long timer

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    It's not dirt, it's camo...


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  17. plugeye

    plugeye unforgiven

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    kidding! and you are correct, good thread
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  18. straightrod

    straightrod Long timer

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    Thank God for all these honest responses. I thought when I read the title that I would be out cleaning my DR with no real purpose in mind!
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  19. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Not a terrible passtime IMhO.

    BTW, this is a much livelier crowd than last time :beer
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  20. Svart

    Svart ...is swedish for black

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    How come your bike is not clean?
    -"it hasn´t rained lately"
    -"it´s not a harley"
    -"if it was, you´d see the (orange) paint"

    Now for real... -"I´m out riding. If I wanted it clean, I´d be home polishing"

    Dirty women, dirty bikes... :)
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