You can’t deny it: a clean motorcycle is such an undeniably refreshing sight. On one hand, while having a motorcycle spells convenience for any owner, a clean motorcycle reveals the amount of effort that has been put into the need to take care of it. On the other hand, having a clean motorcycle also lets your passenger ride with ease, that way, they won’t have to worry about getting themselves dirty in any way.
For what do people think when they see a dirty bike? Sure, you’ll be lucky to find some weird person who seems to be enjoying the sight of a dirty bike, but most people would really prefer your motorcycle to be clean. In the first place, would you want to ride in a bike that’s most likely going to get you dirty anyway? Of course not, right? (You wouldn’t want to go touring around in your Amsterdam holiday all rumpled up.)
Materials to Use When Cleaning Your Bike
The first thing you need to clean your bike is a bucket of soapy water. While some people swear by washing their bikes with plain water, others insist on using specific brands of soap. Whatever your style, use warm water with the mix and fill up a bucket for convenience.
The second thing you need is a good de-bugger and stain remover. Dead bugs and grime are the banes of every motorcyclist, but using the right tools will get them off your paint easier than you think. Bug and tar removers work surprisingly well, and some people also use WD40 for this duty. Don't scrub too hard into the paint when loosening bugs, and be sure not to use the same sponge for other cleaning duties. (You can go and shop online for your de-bugging needs, by the way.)
Another thing that you’ll be needing for cleaning is a good chamois cloth. With your bike still parked in the shade, use a chamois cloth to soak up the moisture from the paint. The chamois will keep the finish from getting scratched, and prevent streaks and spots from accumulating.
Cleaning your bike really takes a lot of attention to detail, so make sure you do have what it takes.