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#500617 - 07/22/09 11:50 AM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: rogera]  
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Ok Roger,

I fell for it, what exactly is back wash you oil cooler


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#500627 - 07/22/09 12:10 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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Wash it, clean it, polish it, park it.
Will stay clean indefinitely.
smirk

I've been cleaning the inside of my panels at service time since I got the bike.
Also a good time to clean under the panels, those parts of the bike you can't access w/the panels on.

Next thing you know, you'll be asking about a hair cut.
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#500641 - 07/22/09 12:31 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: tallman]  
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I'm probably the wrong person to ask since I've never been accused of being a clean freak but I use Plexus on everything. Windshield, panels, black plastic stuff all over the front forks, dash, etc..


Al (that's not my picture!)
06 RT

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#500643 - 07/22/09 12:32 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: tallman]  
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I don't have any trouble. I take it to the car wash, spend a couple of bucks, clean it, dry it and ride it..

You guys worry too much about it... It doesn't ride any better when you get the nook and crannies clean..

Ride the bike and don't worry so much about it. Only worry about it once if you plan on selling it !!!!

#500673 - 07/22/09 01:32 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: rglassma]  
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I guess I never carred if every tiny nook is completely clean. If your riding it... and you guy ride more than I.... it will get dirty again anyway.


Try this... just drop the bike once..... rpeferrably on a steep slope so ti slides a little too. Once you have a good set of marks and scratches on one side, you won't care so much how perfectly clean it is. smile


Just regular car wash works fine. I wax it mabe once a year too.


To clean the windscreen... try raising it only halfway to get hte maximum space under the lower part of the screen.


If you're super-anal... I suppose you could use a Q-tip and some alcohol to clean under the winds.


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#500677 - 07/22/09 01:40 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: motoguy128]  
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I find a wet microfiber rag, followed by a dry one, works fine on the windshield. With the windshield up I can get the edges. To get under the shield down at the bottom I thread the towel through the space and work it back and forth.

As for the oil cooler, I think Roger means you should force compressed air through it from the back side to blow the bugs and debris out the front. This should be done with each 6k service, at least. Do it before you clean... DAMHIK.


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#500682 - 07/22/09 01:45 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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Originally Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday
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?



I don't think so, but a very light coating of oil (corn, olive, any type) seems to help a lot. I use vegetable oils because I find they wash off really easily afterward.

BTW, this is based on a history of keeping a couple of my cars meticulous. I think I've waxed my bike 5 times since new, YMMV.

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#500695 - 07/22/09 02:02 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: gostrida1]  
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Originally Posted By: gostrida1
Ok Roger,

I fell for it, what exactly is back wash you oil cooler



take the hose and spray the oil cooler from the back side
which will push all the gunk out.


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#500696 - 07/22/09 02:06 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: rogera]  
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Originally Posted By: rogera
Originally Posted By: gostrida1
Ok Roger,

I fell for it, what exactly is back wash you oil cooler



take the hose and spray the oil cooler from the back side
which will push all the gunk out.


I've also found an old tooth brush helps get the impaled bugs out of the fins. I just back wash with the hose and gently agitate the bug guts with the toothbrush (no I don't use the toothbrush for its original purpose again either rofl).


Al (that's not my picture!)
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#500706 - 07/22/09 02:17 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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My method

1) Clean entire bike with mild soap and warm water. The warm water helps dissolve bug residue. Don't use dish soap as it will remove any wax you have applied.
2) Use a leaf blower or shop vacuum set to blower mode to get all the water out of the nooks and crannies.
3) Clean plastic, headlight and windscreen with Plexus. Plexus will remove any wax residue that might get on the plastics.
4) Chrome gets polished once a month with Nevr Dull
5) I hate cleaning the front rim, no tricks found yet other than jacking the front wheel off the ground so you can spin it.
6) 3 years, 33k miles and the bike still looks new.





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