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Ok so I have yet to give my beloved a first bath.  I'm prepping for when the time comes and I can sense that its very close.  What products or techniques can you much more experienced people recommend?   
 
 
BTW I finally took off that hideous sticker on the tank plastic cover thing.  What a pain in the rear that was.  I used Goo Gone on some microfiber cloth.  You really gotta rub it in there (that's what she said :P)
 
I also have the Motul Chain Clean and Lube ready for the after shower massage  ;)
 
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rowdy
I have been using Meguire's Motorcycle EZ Clean with a soft rag and brush, but I must admit that good old Dawn dish wash or any quality auto car wash product work well too.  BTW, I'm at 1500 miles and I've only cleaned mine once (but I've owned and cleaned lots of other bikes).
 

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hobbs
I clean the chain, sprockets, then the wheels followed by everything else. I use purple power on the wheels and grimy areas with a brush, soapy water and a sponge for the rest.
 
You're pretty well covered against water intrusion. Just don't directly spray electrical looking things.

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hobbs
Also, S100 is a pretty good product for quick washes or inbetween major cleanings. I need to get another bottle.

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sorkyah
[div align=left] I use Meguiar's Hyper Wash for my cars and just washed the bike with it for the first time this past weekend, works awesome. Also bought this for use between chain lubes. As for lubing the chain, that's done by the dealer whenever I feel like taking it in.
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cndnmax
Save your money on chain cleaner and buy a jug of kerosene, nothing will clean your chain better. I use a rag instead of a brush also.
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Kwaipuak
I honestly hate cleaning and waxing my rides. God will I miss paying a pitatance to have people wash and wax my bikes in Thailand. Every nook and crany were scrubbed clean. Hate having to buy special tools to get into tight spots.

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sorkyah
Diesel fuel wont work will it? I can get that relatively easily, but kerosene isnt used for heating down here like it is up north. Im not sure where to get it.
 

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howworkclutch
most bike shops carry bikebrite. its biodegradable and does a really really good job of busting up grime. the cleaner honda sells is equally good.
 
i hate cleaning bikes. the dirtier they are the better, i say. but, sometimes its got to be done. i dont waste a lot of effort scrubbing. i wet the bike with water, coat it in bikebrite, have a couple of beers, then wipe and rinse-off. after chain cleaning/lube of course.

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cndnmax
Diesel fuel wont work will it? I can get that relatively easily, but kerosene isnt used for heating down here like it is up north. Im not sure where to get it.
 
Diesel might work. You can usually find it with the camping stuff. They use it for stoves and heating.

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oscardms
MTM FOAM CANON
 
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tino206
/\\ that looks so sketchy..I have yet to wash mine but I think I will just use water and a tad of car soap while using a micro fiber cloth and call it a day

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Guest JerzieFREQ
Save your money on chain cleaner and buy a jug of kerosene, nothing will clean your chain better. I use a rag instead of a brush also.
This is my first motorcycle and have never cleaned and lubed chain so I just got this stuff from cycle gear after some research.  so do you put the kerosene into a spray bottle or something and then use it on the chain?  Try to save money wherever i can next time haha

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cndnmax
Save your money on chain cleaner and buy a jug of kerosene, nothing will clean your chain better. I use a rag instead of a brush also.
This is my first motorcycle and have never cleaned and lubed chain so I just got this stuff from cycle gear after some research.  so do you put the kerosene into a spray bottle or something and then use it on the chain?  Try to save money wherever i can next time haha
 
I pour a small amount into a container and soak a small section of a rag. Wipe the chain down and it will look good as new. Wait a few min to dry and spray on your lube. Make sure you use latex cloves.

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Diesel fuel wont work will it? I can get that relatively easily, but kerosene isnt used for heating down here like it is up north. Im not sure where to get it.
 
 
Diesel will be fine... it'll just leave a lite bit of an oily film, which is not a bad thing. I'll use either diesel, WD-40 or some bio-cleaner I got with my grunge brush.

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sorkyah
MTM FOAM CANON 
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this looks like fun. i kinda want to get one of those now. and a pressure washer

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bmwpowere36m3
MTM FOAM CANON 
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this looks like fun. i kinda want to get one of those now. and a pressure washer
 
 
Foam cannons are good, maybe a little overkill.... A lot of detailers use them. Same can be said for pressure washers, but you need to be careful where and how close you point it.

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sorkyah
this looks like fun. i kinda want to get one of those now. and a pressure washer
Foam cannons are good, maybe a little overkill.... A lot of detailers use them. Same can be said for pressure washers, but you need to be careful where and how close you point it.
Wonder if there are any foam cannons for low pressure use. Garden hose connected to my water softener/filter setup puts out decent pressures(~65 psi) but nothing near a pressure washer's output.

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howworkclutch
MTM FOAM CANON 
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this looks like fun. i kinda want to get one of those now. and a pressure washer
i had to go look these up because i'd never heard of a foam cannon. 
so i read some reviews and some more reviews.  one thing stuck out:
 
not one reviewer made a single comment about cleaning-ability of all that foam. all the comments were about the volume of foam.
 
that much foam is an impressive feat of engineering but if it doesn't clean any better than a soapy rag i just don't see why anyone would need one. it seems like a solution to a problem that didn't exist until the solution was created. and the problem really is just one of "I saw lots of foam and now I want lots of foam."
 
just my opinion, which should be taken as offensive to anyone anywhere at any time.
 
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sorkyah
this looks like fun. i kinda want to get one of those now. and a pressure washer
i had to go look these up because i'd never heard of a foam cannon. 
so i read some reviews and some more reviews.  one thing stuck out:
 
not one reviewer made a single comment about cleaning-ability of all that foam. all the comments were about the volume of foam.
 
that much foam is an impressive feat of engineering but if it doesn't clean any better than a soapy rag i just don't see why anyone would need one. it seems like a solution to a problem that didn't exist until the solution was created. and the problem really is just one of "I saw lots of foam and now I want lots of foam."
 
just my opinion, which should be taken as offensive to anyone anywhere at any time.

I see what youre talking about, I encountered the same issue. But they were reviewing the blasters afterall. The soap is whats doing the cleaning. Most of the soapsbive found(including the one I already use)have active suds and are extremely concentrated.
 
So yes the foam cannons dont really do anything, just make excessive amounts of foam. But the soaps created for use with the cannons are the key and actually clean what you spray

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