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post #21 of 53 (permalink) Old 02-19-2017, 06:53 PM
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For a quick easy windshield and front end clean up, use a dryer sheet to get bugs off and finish up with a clean microfiber cloth. It works and does take up much space on the bike. Learned this from my car wash buddy.
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post #22 of 53 (permalink) Old 02-19-2017, 07:41 PM
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If I could figure out a way to clean my bike from the seat, I would have the cleanest bike around. I used to clean it all the time and then it went to every Sunday and then I just got tired of cleaning it, only to ride it in the rain the next day. I give it a good cleaning in the spring and then a couple times over the summer maybe. During the riding season I ride it every day. Below is my average on my wings, but that doesn't count my VStar, or my dirt bikes. I also owned an FJR for a short time last year and sold it, Albeit the miles on the other bikes are nowhere near the mileage of the wings, but they are miles. I sold my Vstar last year also, so that one is over. I enjoy meeting and talking to people at gas stations and rest stops and will not be cleaning my bike then. When the weekenders tell me I need to clean my bike, I just smile and tell them they need to ride theirs, LOL

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Date of purchase: March 15, 2008
Initial miles: 5
Total miles: 325,009
Total days: 3,263
Miles per day: 99.60
Miles per month: 3,032.19
Miles per year: 36,386.23

EDIT: Still hold down a full time job. @Monk , @Donnieontheroad , LOL!
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On the road I generally have room for Plexus or Sprayway glass cleaner on the trike, use Sprayway only on the car also, safe for tint and it sprays out somewhat foamy and if not sprayed to heavy it don't run, Great Stuff !! .... on the outside I use Lucas Oil Slick Mist ($9 at Wally World),, it's the bees knees, simply the best I ever used, along with the cheaper micro fibers from Wally World, maybe $3 for 5 ? (never tried the more pricey ones) ,,,as they do absorb and then use another to buff shine up, so many don't. ie: bought some @ Harbor Freight and actually threw em away, pure junk. / this is the results on black & under fluorescent lights in the garage,,, plus I'm a retired autobody, owner etc ,,, so I type from experience, take this as the gospel. /// I do my dusty or rained on Trike all over in 10 minutes

Being blacked out, I spend no money on chrome !!


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I also heard those clean red bikes get more tickets compared to the darker colors. Cops seem to like red as well. Ride safe my friend.
Hey careful there ... I resemble that remark lol.

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clean the fork tubes

I don't want any leaking front fork seals on my rode trips from dried on bug guts. I always clean the wind shield when I gas up on rides and then use the same micro rag with the plexus cleaner to wipe off any road dirt or bug guts on the fork tubes .So far I haven't had any problems with a leaking seal.. knock on wood! At night before I cover the Wing at the motel I give it a good once over and then cover it for the night. I really like to start each day with a clean ride. Just makes me feel good .. Regards Eldon
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Stats on my wing riding.
Date of purchase: March 15, 2008
Initial miles: 5
Total miles: 325,009
Total days: 3,263
Miles per day: 99.60
Miles per month: 3,032.19
Miles per year: 36,386.23

EDIT: Still hold down a full time job. @Monk , @Donnieontheroad , LOL!
But your full time job is to RIDE .... right? Not fair.

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We clean the bikes in the morning when the dew is on them, or don't clean them if it looks like rain for the day. Hotel rags and garden hoses are best because they are free and can be used for other needs. I like the peroxide idea and plan to try that this year. Thanks for the idea.
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But your full time job is to RIDE .... right? Not fair.

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Lol, it's not my job to ride, I just get to ride as part of my job. They allow me to use it to get to meetings. Tomorrow will be my first work ride of the year. I like to ride and I have to work, so I made it happen.....so shoot me, lol!
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I see a few stated they use Lucas oil slick mist. What are the benefits of using that? Do you use on paint? Chrome? Windshield?

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In my case the nearest payment is 3Km in the wrong direction. A dirty vehicle is just part of living here and you can't let it bother you or you would go insane.
It was a bit dirty on the haul road but fortunately I didn't get questioned on importing soil over an international boarder.



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