How do you wash your bike

Washing your motorcycle: How to clean your bike properly

Regular motorcycle washing serves your safety and prevents the loss of value of the machine. We have summarized how to properly clean your two-wheeler. It is essential to follow the instructions on cleaning and care in the operating instructions.

Wash in the wash box

For environmental reasons, you should definitely clean your motorcycle in an official wash box. In addition to oil separators, these also have collecting devices for coarse dirt and a special waste water disposal system. Cleaning actions without these protective measures, for example on private property or public roads, are prohibited.

Modern high-pressure cleaners are not necessarily a blessing for two-wheelers. Due to the extreme pressure, water can enter even the smallest cracks and bearings and rinse out grease. Therefore, when cleaning the machine with a high-pressure cleaner, you should keep sufficient distance and avoid problem areas. These include wheel hubs, swing arms, steering head bearings, lever joints, oil and water coolers or O-ring chains. Good old hand washing with a sponge or soft brush and gentle rinsing are recommended here.

Also be careful with tires: If tires are treated with the steam jet from a short distance and for too long in one place, invisible damage can occur. Such spots can have fatal consequences at high speed or on longer stretches of motorway. Dosed use of the steam jet, prior soaking of heavy dirt with foam or appropriate cold cleaners and the use of a foam brush with running water are always better. If you work on the car wash with your own sponge and various brushes, you not only get hard-to-reach areas clean, you also notice loose screws or spokes and keep an eye on other wear parts.

Thorough drying is important

It is very important, especially before mothballing your bike, that it is absolutely dry again after the wash cycle. Anyone who skims everything off well and clears hard-to-reach areas of water with an air jet from the compressor prevents rust from forming. The same applies to the preservation of the metal parts with a spray oil. For chrome and aluminum parts, there is a special high-gloss polishing cotton soaked with polishing liquid. Commercially available hard wax can be applied to all painted vehicle parts with a soft cloth or polishing pad to seal the surface. There are corresponding products or polishes for plastic parts, unpainted parts can also be cared for with cockpit spray from the automotive sector.

Use of detergents

If you clean the engine of your machine with a special engine cleaner and brush, you should - as with all other cleaning agents for your bike - pay attention to three things:

  • Never use the cleaner in the blazing sun or on a heated surface. The effect can be impaired and unsightly stains can be burned in.

  • Always observe the manufacturer's instructions for use and especially the exposure times of the products.

  • Thoroughly rinse off all cleaning products until no more foam can be seen and, in the case of partial cleaning, rinse off neighboring parts as well.

Soaking stubborn dirt

Stubborn insect graveyards on plastic cladding parts and panes should be soaked overnight with wet cloths and gentle washing-up liquid before the big wash. This way they can be removed more easily afterwards. There are special cleaning sprays, so-called insect removers, to make it easier to loosen insects. If you fight them with a scouring pad, you run the risk of ugly scratches in the plastic. If you move your machine in nice weather in winter, you should definitely shower it off after every tour: Metal and paint react to road salt, which is whirled up even on supposedly dry roads. Often you only notice this after a long period of time.

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