As motorcycles ride over miles of pavement, they collect dirt and other road grime. Besides making your bike look dirty, this grimy buildup can work its way into the mechanical parts of your motorcycle, possibly comprising its function. Thoroughly cleaning your motorcycle goes beyond aesthetics; it helps your bike stay in good shape for years to come. Below is a guide for detailing your motorcycle.
Supplies and Preparation
Take a minute to gather all your washing supplies into one area so you have everything you need within arm’s reach. We recommend:
- A bucket filled with fresh water and a mild soap
- Clean towels and rags
- Sponges and brushes
- Degreaser and polish
- Steel wool
- Chain lube
- Hand tools for disassembly
Prep your motorcycle by removing the seat and accessories, then elevate the rear wheel. Now it’s time to get to business.
Rinsing and Scrubbing
Use a hose to give the bike a good rinse. But be careful not to soak the electrical components. Inspect your bike for particularly grimy areas, often found around the engine, wheels and chain. Apply a degreaser to these areas and scrub them down with a rag or brush to loosen up all that gunk. Remember that the whole chain needs some TLC, so rotate the rear wheel as you scrub the chain.
Once the degreaser has done its job, lather up a sponge and begin scrubbing down your bike with your soapy water solution. As you scrub off the filth, be sure to wash away the degreaser and loosened gunk too. Old toothbrushes work great for scrubbing small, hard to reach areas. After the bike is thoroughly soaped up, rinse it well and dry it with a microfiber towel that won’t leave scratches behind.
For a bit of extra shine, apply polishing paste to the bike’s metal surfaces. Be careful to avoid getting it on plastic, paint or chrome. Use the steel wool to work it in circles, which helps remove rust and minor blemishes. Top off your work by spraying the chain with lube or wax. Then you can reinstall the pieces you removed before washing. Now, stand back and congratulate yourself on a job well done!
We’re here to help protect your bike. Call Ten Eyck Group at (518) 464-0059 for more information on Albany motorcycle insurance.