Sometimes the easiest way to get rid of the bugs stuck to the bike is just go for a short ride in a light rain. You still have to wash the bike after. It doesn't take long for the rain to clean the bugs off and saves a bit of scrubbing.I use a t-shirt soaked in warm soapy water and drape it over the windshield for 10mins to loosen all the bug parts that have been baked onto the front of the bike. 😁
During Love Bug season in Florida, Ol' Red gets covered in LB goo. Hydrogen peroxide works really well to remove that stuff, even when it's caked on and hard! Just put some in a spray bottle with some regular water (50/50) and go to work.Sometimes the easiest way to get rid of the bugs stuck to the bike is just go for a short ride in a light rain. You still have to wash the bike after. It doesn't take long for the rain to clean the bugs off and saves a bit of scrubbing.
In the US, Dawn dish soap is very mild and won't harm finishes. It also contains a clearing agent that lets the water bead up and makes drying a lot easier. You also can get an inexpensive DI (deionized)water filter treatment device that can fit on your garden hose water connection that is wonderful in removing any hard water mineralization and makes water bead off and also makes the soap lift off dirt very well. I use one on my pressure washer.I use compressed air in the same fashion as you do your pressure washer.
I have both electric and petrol washers at my disposal but there only for the MXers and odd jobs
I use mainly treated rain water. With the ph levels of 5.9.
Careful using dishwash liquids, they tend to strip finishes off everything. Not designed for the job. A long time ago I learnt the hard way.
Simple Green is so easy on the environment that leaves grew back on the tree after the wash.Simple Green for me. Spray the bike with water and a garden hose (or power washer if I’m feeling it) spray with SG and let sit for a few, then rinse with water… another round of SG and a damp micro fiber for the tough areas. Rinse and dry. Works every time… also a good chain cleaner too. View attachment 67368 View attachment 67367
Even gave me a new tank bag tooSimple Green is so easy on the environment that leaves grew back on the tree after the wash.
AGREEMy issue is primarily insect splatter.
A bucket, some water, and a clean microfiber cloth. That is it.
Mostly elbow grease but a power washer with the high-flow nozzle (lowest pressure spray) to knock off the big chunks before I apply the brush and rag. I try hard not to aim the power wash spray directly at any bearings, pass throughs or electronic couplers, etc. Water pushed into these areas can lead to problems down the road. This is especially so where you have two different metals in contact and anything that can act like an electrolyte (road salt in water for instance). Bimetallic corrosion is the result and it's irreversible. Best to keep those areas dry if you can.Just curious if you guys use elbow grease or a power washer to clean the mighty beast?
I haven't taken my trike out for a day ride till this last weekend. At the end of the ride I noticed how dirty my trike is and not sure what is the best way to clean it. What about the chain, gears and chain tube? How do I do that. I gont thing a rag will get it all clean. After I wash the chain and gears I guess I will need put some oil on them, what is good and how do you do that.In Oz, there's a neutral truck wash called CT-18. Interim washes I'll apply watered solution with sprayer, let sit for 15-20mins, and then flush off with rainwater, that's it.
For deep cleans I'll follow up truck wash with wipe washing with car wash, rinse with rainwater. Rarely use chamois afterwards as the rain water is mostly spot free. Ive rarely ever used pressure washers on bikes, not to date on the AT, yes it's been muddy.
Maybe annually, I'll apply wax polish to tank and plastics, and Mr sheen (silicone spray) windscreen to polish out scratches.
I've always sprayed chain with WD-40 and want to know how to clean your tricycle (some say better to use inox but I've gotten long life out of chains), wipe off, then when dry apply chain wax.
Now that's what the africa twin was designed for, love itFor me it's impossible clean bike without power washer after mud party. I must remove engine guard each time because inside +/- 2Kg. mud
Of course without fanaticism and don't warry about it.
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