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#500884 - 07/22/09 09:54 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: Tapatio]  
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Looks nice thanks for posting the pics.


Al

07 BMW R200RT (sold)
84 Moto Guzzi 850 LeManns
83 Benelli 900 Sei
#500900 - 07/22/09 10:34 PM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: AMRider]  
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About the only time mine gets washed is when it rains....Otherwise I take it to the carwash and wind dry it about 80mph down the road. Works great!


2006 R1200 RT (Sold)

#500933 - 07/23/09 12:39 AM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: Fightingpiper]  
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I only wash the bike, if birds try to eat of it. rofl
I also do not like to ride to dry it, I will have to wash it again. smirk
Can't stop riding it. wave


Bernie
Jax, FL
2018 R1200RT, Alpinweiss, starting out fresh.
2007 R1200RT, Double Silver 188,700 Smiles, SOLD
2000 R1100RT, Opal 104,000 Smiles, SOLD
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#501021 - 07/23/09 05:30 AM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: Bernie]  
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Our water restrictions (12 years of drought) forbid washing motor vehicles wink

But: a trick I have always used on all my aircraft and bikes, is to get the bugs off immediately you finish flying/riding. A clean, wet rag or chamois with plenty of water, and just get the squashed insects off while they're still soft and easy to remove. I keep a bucket of water in the garage, with a chamois, and take 5 minutes before putting it to bed smile

Pressure washers are also the go, we hook ours to the water tanks and give the cars/bike a blast when they really need cleaning. Gets into all those nooks and crannies around the headlamps, cleans out the oil cooler, in and under the bike, just the job laugh

#501034 - 07/23/09 10:02 AM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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#501876 - 07/25/09 03:24 AM Re: R1200RT: How the hell do you clean this thing? [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]  
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This is exactly why I will never get that bike. So I got the GSA instead.

#502958 - 07/28/09 02:43 PM Cleaning a motorcycle? [Re: KDeline]  
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I just don't worry about cleaning motorcycles. I hose it down in a car wash (one cycle soap, and one cycle rinse, at one dollar per cycle). Then I'll wipe the screen and saddle dry, and hit the road at 70 MPH for a few minutes to dry the rest of it. My bike has 58,000 miles on the clock, and I've washed it like that four or five times.

My windscreen is fairly tall (an Aeroflow), so it gets wiped down a few times a month when I refuel. I just use the water and paper towels availabe in the window washing containers at the gas station.

Of course, I ride a GS so my mindset may be a bit different. grin


'05 R1200GS
#503133 - 07/28/09 11:12 PM Re: Cleaning a motorcycle? [Re: mistercindy]  
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Actually the RT is really not hard to keep clean and for the most part Honda Spray Polish (OLD formula only) works on most everything. Any black parts get Black Chrome (no longer produced mad) 20 minutes at the end of each day on the road and it looks like new. Plexus on the dash too! The underside gets detailed after each long trip and the wheels each night. Before each long trip the entire gets a coat of pure carnuba wax!




Ed Apelianbike
'16 R1200RTW - Platinum Bronze Metallic
'12 R1200GSA - Magma Red - (my 1150GS replacement)

All it takes is an open road and an open mind!
#504541 - 08/01/09 02:24 AM Re: Cleaning a motorcycle? [Re: RTinNC]  
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just reading this thread. a couple pages back, talking about back flushing the oil cooler.

I made a radiator cleaner out of a piece of 1/2" pvc pipe with a 90 and a cap with a small hole in the center. add a hose connector to the end. use a trigger spray nozzle with threads and low water volume.

works very good at blowing the bugs back out the front. And as said - do it before cleaning the rest of the front.

Tom


Thanks,
Tom

03 HD V-Rod - Gone(66,000 mi)
08 R1200RT - Gone(>58000 mi)
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#504653 - 08/01/09 03:08 PM Re: Cleaning a motorcycle? [Re: tompn]  
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OK, I'll be the first to admit...I spend a lot more time riding than I do cleaning...but I posted a picture of my bike and I actually think it looks pretty good.

How do I maintain that amazing shine?

I spray clean cool water all over the bike, then I sit in the shade and consume some beverage of choice. I watch the bike and if I see any signs of the surface drying, it's sprita...spritz...spritz; then I resume my position in the shade and continue working on my beverage of choice. I keep the bike wet for right at 30-min. Then I take a wet terry wash cloth and wipe down the paint and windshield, the take a hose with a spray nozzle on it and spray off the entire bike off. I then mix up some simple green in a 1-gal bucket and clean the wheels with 2 aluminum wheel brushes, they fit in all the nooks and crannies. Occasionally if there is some fresh tar the simple green wonít get, I spray some Gunk tar and bug remover on the wet wash cloth I used to wipe the bike down and it will come right off. I use the wheel brush and simple green on the cross over pipe and alternator cover, and same deal with road tar if there is any. Then I hose off the bike and blow it dry with an electric leaf blower. Any spots left get wiped off with a terry cloth towel.

If Iím on the road and it needs cleaning, I go essentially the same process without using simple green or the tar remover; I just use clean water on the body work and windshield to get all the bug juice off. Then instead of the leaf blower, I dry it off with a clean terry cloth towel. On the trip I just finished, there were 2 stretches where I collected so many grasshoppers, I even had grasshopper body parts protruding from my boot laces, I got all the bug residue off with clean water.I very seldom use anything on the body work and windshield but clear water, and Iíve never waxed the bike. If God had intended bikes to be clean and shiny, bugs wouldnít swarm around roadways.

Works for meÖ..


Tim Titus
Stillwater, OK
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