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#1001660 - 11/29/17 12:48 PM Re: Cleaning the beast [Re: AndyS]  
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So you guys hoik the front wheel off the ground and then spray it with a cleaning substance. Does that easily clean the 'hub' section of the wheel which is quite awkward to get to?

#1001662 - 11/29/17 01:14 PM Re: Cleaning the beast [Re: AndyS]  
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On my 04 R1100S I use a scissors jack with a pad under the engine to slightly lift the front wheel off the ground, then spray on any good wheel cleaner, Amorall, Mother's, etc., then spray off or get a wheel brush from Autogeek that bends to fit into the tight places to save your hands. I also use a brush on the cylinders to clean between the fins and other places. Good Luck

#1001669 - 11/29/17 02:39 PM Re: Cleaning the beast [Re: AndyS]  
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I clean the wheel rim and spokes as best I can. The front hub is too hard to reach. I usually do a better job cleaning the wheels when I replace tires.

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#1001691 - 11/29/17 08:31 PM Re: Cleaning the beast [Re: AndyS]  
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While the log approach works under the same principle and is much less expensive, I leave all my gear in the large top case and side bags while cleaning the front wheel. If the gas tank is low on fuel it lifts the front wheel off the ground. I suppose you could put a right sized log in the cases as well which would avoid an unfortunate scuff if a log should tumble off the rack...just remember to offload the wood before heading out on a ride.


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#1001694 - 11/29/17 08:37 PM Re: Cleaning the beast [Re: AndyS]  
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Originally Posted by AndyS
So you guys hoik the front wheel off the ground and then spray it with a cleaning substance. Does that easily clean the 'hub' section of the wheel which is quite awkward to get to?


I tend to avoid a lot of the wheel cleaning products as I think they are harsh enough to dull the powder coating over time. Besides, if you are riding no one can really see your dirty hub and if someone should comment about your RT being dirty they are likely that part of the cruiser crowd who spend more time shining than riding and their opinion should be given the appropriate consideration (none).


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#1001695 - 11/29/17 09:02 PM Re: Cleaning the beast [Re: Paul De]  
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Originally Posted by Paul De
Originally Posted by AndyS
So you guys hoik the front wheel off the ground and then spray it with a cleaning substance. Does that easily clean the 'hub' section of the wheel which is quite awkward to get to?


I tend to avoid a lot of the wheel cleaning products as I think they are harsh enough to dull the powder coating over time. Besides, if you are riding no one can really see your dirty hub and if someone should comment about your RT being dirty they are likely that part of the cruiser crowd who spend more time shining than riding and their opinion should be given the appropriate consideration (none).

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#1001709 - 11/30/17 05:08 AM Re: Cleaning the beast [Re: AndyS]  
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Originally Posted by AndyS
So you guys hoik the front wheel off the ground and then spray it with a cleaning substance. Does that easily clean the 'hub' section of the wheel which is quite awkward to get to?


Honestly I never let my wheels get that dirty and when they are mucked up I only use Griot's Wheel Cleaner. Not harsh and never ever hurt any of my wheels and works well. Then I hit them with Original Bike Spirits Spray Polish. I DO ride my bikes and in the rain when on tours but clean it each day after my ride whether on a trip or a day ride at home. I have found that if you keep after a bike and never let it get too dirty they stay pretty pristine. But then again I am pretty OCD.

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#1001710 - 11/30/17 09:24 AM Re: Cleaning the beast [Re: AndyS]  
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Hi Ed. The point is, the wheels on the 1100/1150/Hexhead/Camhead are all easy-peasy to clean and keep clean, however the Wethead wheels are a nightmare to clean because of all the webs and internal finish.If my Wethead looks as tidy as my Oilhead is after 14 years I will be well pleased. However, I think it is going to take a LOT more effort to do so.

#1001716 - 11/30/17 01:01 PM Re: Cleaning the beast [Re: AndyS]  
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Originally Posted by AndyS
Hi Ed. The point is, the wheels on the 1100/1150/Hexhead/Camhead are all easy-peasy to clean and keep clean, however the Wethead wheels are a nightmare to clean because of all the webs and internal finish.If my Wethead looks as tidy as my Oilhead is after 14 years I will be well pleased. However, I think it is going to take a LOT more effort to do so.


Hmmm ... I guess I have not noticed the RTW wheels being tougher to clean. My RTW has 8,000 miles on it and the wheels look pretty pristine. I have not noticed any increased difficulty in keeping them tidy. But I think the same theory follows ... .if you never let them get real cruddy then they will be easier to keep nice. That is just my process and one reason why it is nice to buy a "new" bike when you can.

I do recall my first BMW, an R1100RT, that I loved but it had those uncoated wheels that were a real pain to get clean. The brake dust would just smear and not come off. The best product I found for those hard to clean wheels was S-100 Wheel Cleaning Gel. It worked like a champ.

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#1001719 - 11/30/17 01:22 PM Re: Cleaning the beast [Re: RTinNC]  
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One thing that bothers me about using chemicals and waxes on motorcycle wheels.........The brake rotors also end up with these chemicals on them and the contamination will be transferred to the pads and may effect braking. If I clean my wheels with any chemical I usually wipe the rotors with Brake Clean aerosol before riding. Maybe its not necessary, but I do it anyway.


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