You need not plant a tree every time you got out for a ride, because motorcycles (in comparison to cars) have very little impact on the planet, so we can rest easy., That said, it's always nice to do you bit. Today, we're sharing the details of how we keep our motorcycles looking good, regardless of how far we are from the nearest water hose. The following items, when used effectively, will bring a smile to the face of any motorcycles owner, even if the location is as dirty as dirt itself.
Plastic bucket, it might look tiny and nowhere near up to the job but, with well-aimed squirts, it's possible to clean a motorcycle with one of these, no worries. Soaking your motorcycle isn't the challenge; rinsing off cleaning solutions and soap suds is, for which our plastic bucket shines. The average plastic bucket hold 7 to 12 liters of water; realistically, you'll need to refill it at least once. When you've got the hang of it, it's possible to wash a motorcycle using less than 5 liters of water – less than half the amount you'd use with a water hose.
Cleaning solution is important. We like to use Muc-Off (though other products are available), as it's designed specifically to clean motorcycles. Some car-cleaning solutions will bite into the lacquer on a motorcycle panel in no time. Also, car cleaners might not be designed to end up splashed all over your brake discs, rubber seals, etc. Use the detergent sparingly. If you have time, let it sit for five minutes before you wipe/rinse it off.
The old T-shirt. Surely you have an old T-shirt in your cupboard, one that you don't mind sacrificing to keep the motorcycle clean. IF you have a plain one that doesn't have any logos or printed imagery on it, even better. Rip the T-shirt in two, one for washing and wiping general areas (panels, clocks, screen, seat and engine) and the other bit for the bits that'll be caked in road grime (wheels, chain area, under-tray, hugger and brakes). Mixing them up is bad and could result in scratching panels with bits of swarf or grit that you've cleaned from a different area of the motorcycle. Do you best not to drop of leave any of your tools on the floor. Once you've finished,, lob in the washing pile; the girlfriend won't even notice, and it'll magic its way back into your cupboard all clean and folded ready for next time.
Bushes. Look for a brush that can do more than one job. A toothbrush might be good for doing tiny sections, but is useless for bigger jobs. A pronged brushes with bendable arms is handy for reaching into small gaps and getting behind panels. Again, thinking about scratched panels, it's better to start cleaning the cleanest parts of the motorcycle before doing to really dirt bits.
Don't bother lubricating your chain after cleaning your motorcycle. If the chain is cold, chances are it will flick the lubrication all over your shiny wheels (attracting dirt and grime). Aim to lubricate the chain directly after a good ride when the chain is warm.