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#500713 - 07/22/09 02:21 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: Tapatio]  
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Originally Posted By: Tapatio
My method


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.




With the rear cases mounted and a top case.. along with being parked uphill on a sloped driveway, the front is pretty light... and easy to lift. Of course getting it off the center stand is harder.


If you have long arms, you can push down on the rear rack while you reach across and turn the front wheel.


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#500719 - 07/22/09 02:26 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: motoguy128]  
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#500725 - 07/22/09 02:35 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: motoguy128]  
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Originally Posted By: motoguy128
[quote=Tapatio]My method
If you have long arms, you can push down on the rear rack while you reach across and turn the front wheel.


Those must be some mighty long arms there! smile


->Charlie
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#500726 - 07/22/09 02:41 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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Cleaning is a PITA. Everytime I clean the bike I am thinking I could be riding. Maxima SC1 silicone will do almost as good as wax and much simpler to use.

#500733 - 07/22/09 02:57 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: farmerp]  
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I ride my bikes till they get dirty then sell them and get a new one. Saves money on cleaners, water, etc.


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#500743 - 07/22/09 03:14 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: motoguy128]  
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Originally Posted By: motoguy128
Originally Posted By: Tapatio
My method


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.




With the rear cases mounted and a top case.. along with being parked uphill on a sloped driveway, the front is pretty light... and easy to lift. Of course getting it off the center stand is harder.


If you have long arms, you can push down on the rear rack while you reach across and turn the front wheel.


A few bricks in the sidecases ought to do the trick even on level ground.

#500745 - 07/22/09 03:17 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: Tapatio]  
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Originally Posted By: Tapatio
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.
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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.



I use maguiars car wash soap, works well. For nasty bugs, I use Harley bug remover. Stuff is great.

I use a metro air force blaster to dry it, an overpriced vacuum in reverse. :-) It's got cool flames on the side though. Once I think it's mostly dry, I take it for a good ride as well.

For the front rim, I just put enough weight on the rear of the bike to hold the front up. I also make sure to clean it and wax it while it's off the bike for tire changes.

I think the RT is a breeze to clean. Much easier than my HD, and much easier than the Triumph Bonneville I once owned.


Kevin '12 K1600GTL
#500757 - 07/22/09 03:48 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: Tapatio]  
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Tapatio
Don't mean to hijack thread but I'm curious about your black rack? Did you paint it yourself or get someone to powder coat it? Looks good


Al

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#500765 - 07/22/09 04:11 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: AMRider]  
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Originally Posted By: AMRider
Tapatio
Don't mean to hijack thread but I'm curious about your black rack? Did you paint it yourself or get someone to powder coat it? Looks good


Good eyes. He also did the tank bag rack. I'd like to know also.


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#500775 - 07/22/09 04:52 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: rogera]  
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I had the side panels, rear rack, tank rack and gas cap painted with a black satin finish. I removed the parts and took them to a professional painter ~$600.








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