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#500447 - 07/22/09 12:01 AM R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing?  
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Took some Honda spray polish to the windscreen tonight. Cleaned up OK.

Then I started attacking the front of the bike the same way. Quickly discovered that there are about a bazillion nooks, crannies, edges, pockets, and other cavities where bugs can accumulate and are difficult to reach/clean.

Also, there is several square feet of the black/gray plastic. Can't wait until I get wax on all of that! eek

My 1100RT didn't have any of these issues - just smooth painted panels. Minimal joints, and no black plastic until you got to the rear triangles and sidecases.

So...anyone got any tips that will make it easier to clean this beast?

#500458 - 07/22/09 12:16 AM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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Wax it very carefully and get Mother's Back to Black should help. The little clear plastic wings near the windshield are a PIA and the lower edge of the windshield is also the same. I don't find that I need to wax it so often. SInce most services need to have the panels removed I apply wax while the panels are off the bike. The tail section under the rack is also a problem area but at least it's not seen. Yes it is difficult to make the bike shine after riding in the rain.


Joe

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#500461 - 07/22/09 12:26 AM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: CoarsegoldKid]  
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Originally Posted By: Coarsegoldkid
Wax it very carefully and get Mother's Back to Black should help.


Will pre-application of back-to-black (which I have) prevent any errant paint-wax from sticking to the plastic?

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The little clear plastic wings near the windshield are a PIA and the lower edge of the windshield is also the same.


Indeed, the wings have a wedge-shaped cavity under/behind them which is impossible to clean effectively. Likewise with the windscreen: its underside meets the control arm/plastic at a very shallow angle, making access difficult: best you can do is to wad up the towel/rag and jam it into the area.

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I don't find that I need to wax it so often. SInce most services need to have the panels removed I apply wax while the panels are off the bike.


This sounds like a great idea; thanks.

#500498 - 07/22/09 01:19 AM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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Mitch, welcome to the club.. I have had the same bitch as this is the most difficult bike I have ever owned to keep clean..

You can clean behind the overlapping panels by pushing the wash mit in there without your hand in it.. On the windshield-- get in the habit of raising it all the way up before washing..

I blow dry mine using a leaf blower as that blows most or the water out of the nooks & crannies but that damn thing still drips water on the clean parts for an hour after washing.. I have drilled a couple of small holes in the bottom of the panels to allow panel drainage & help that somewhat..

Iím not big wax type person as I like the paint to breathe (especially on new bikes) but I do use that great Honda cleaner/polish.. I do try to keep it off the dark rough plastic but so far it really hasnít been a problem with streaking or whiting..

You figure out a good easy way to wash these beasts let me know..

Twisty

#500539 - 07/22/09 02:40 AM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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quit your whining and get a gs! grin


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#500540 - 07/22/09 02:40 AM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: T__]  
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I give mine a sponge bath. I use soft water and micro fiber rags, with lots of rinsing and switching water. No soap. This has been working really well for me. But I did wax the body and shield with Mequires NXT paste wax. To get wax of the black panels, I use WD-40, after all it is good for something. grin


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#500567 - 07/22/09 03:26 AM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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Definitely one of my pet peeves. But when I posted about it I got told to go ride... go figure.

I can point out a few more problem areas for ya if ya want.... ah, you'll find 'em soon enough.

The little wings under the windshield: The dealer installed mine filthy and they've never been cleaned. You have to disassemble the front end to get 'em. If I'm ever in there I'll rough 'em with some sandpaper and spray 'em matte black.

A wet microfiber towel will get in all the areas around the headlight. Takes a bit of practice.

I too use a blacking treatment on the black stuff after waxing. I too do that when the side panels come off. Never have had the painted panels above the mirrors off, so they get done on the bike.

For the valve covers (Oh, I guess I am bringing up one of those other spots) I use a wet vegetable/kitchen brush or an old toothbrush. Same around where the exhaust bolts on.

I use a wet rag and then brake-kleen on the exhaust can.

Wet microfiber rag on just about everything else.


Jan

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#500579 - 07/22/09 04:07 AM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: Twisties]  
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Funny, I think my '07 RT is the easiest bike I ever had to clean. And once clean, it seems to stay clean a lot longer.

Try cleaning a big chrome beast with black leather bags, black leather tank bra and spoked white wall wheels.


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#500596 - 07/22/09 07:22 AM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: EddyQ]  
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Mitch ... for the windshield, I find it easier to remove it from the bike in order to clean the back/under-side. Otherwise I do like Joe and try to really detail while I have the bodywork off the bike, and otherwise just do as good a cleaning as I can for the parts that are seen while assembled.


->Charlie
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#500615 - 07/22/09 11:30 AM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: Rocket_Cowboy]  
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Hey Mitch,
I bought a Mr.Clean Auto-Dry Carwash System. Does a
real good job not leaving spots where you cant dry. Yes
it is a small pain to clean but worth it. One note, don't
forget to back flush you oil cooler once and awaile. The
bugs hide in there. I also don't let the bugs set on it for
very long makes them easier to get off.


Roger
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