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Burley
Greetings riders --
 
So I've been pretty much riding all throughout the winter.  I've only had a couple of days where I didn't think I could safely ride.  No snow here, but a lot of rain and road debris.  I've been cleaning the chain and lubing it pretty regularly (could be better), but when I took the bike out on Sunday, I noticed how dirty the whole bike was, and with a lot of general gunk in hard to reach places.   I've never taken a hose to the bike.  What is your recommended approach for a general bike cleaning?  My local drive-though touchless car wash probably isn't the best method!
 
Ron
Victoria, BC, Canada
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hobbs
Water is fine, just don't directly blast the airbox or electronics. I personally avoid using water unless I know I'll be able to get on the bike after and take a quick spin. A leaf blower does alright but you won't get all the nooks and crannies.
 
Mostly it'll just be a long process to get into all the little crevices. This bike has tons of em.
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Everything went braap.

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cndnmax
Personally, I wash the bike like I wash my car. Hose it down, scrub it down with soap, and rinse off. The bike definitely isn't submersible but it won't be affected by a hose just make sure u clean and Lube the chain afterwards.

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Mr.Puss
I sponge it down. It takes a while but i can be very thorough this way.
Damn! Victoria, aside from all the rain, what a great place to have a FZ. My home town of 35 years, I really miss it sometimes. I have dreamed of getting out there to ride the smooth twisty roads up island. Beautiful, even in a car.

Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.

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2wheeldynoworks
Just to my north! Great riding on the island there.

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yamahaha
Ex Islander here too. Campbell River to Gold River is my fave ride on the Island.
 
I'll use warm, soapy water and a rag when I have to. Like the others said, avoid the chain, air intake, and electronics. Unless its really dirty, I  use Pledge and cloths.
 
I usually spray wd-40 on paper towel to do the exhaust, rear wheel, and swing arm areas.
 

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Burley
Yes -- nothing quite like Vancouver Island. I've lived on both ends and have pretty much been everywhere in between. Looking forward to retracing some old routes this summer -- on a clean bike! Thanks for the helpful tips everyone.

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Beemer
If you're worried about rusting and have the time, what I often do is I use a damp rag to take most of the surface dust off and a dry rag in the other hand to catch any run-off. That way you're not getting everything soaking wet and it dries quickly. With any tough spots I encounter I just make the rag wetter and rub harder and use the dry cloth afterwards. You may be surprised how well a bike cleans up without soap and a lot of water.

Beemer

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Guru
I pretty much clean it as a car too. I even use a pressure washer, then sponge it and wash it off. I prevent spraying against the radiator (I damages easily as you know). I dry it off with a shammy and lube my chain.
 

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jetgirl
If you're worried about rusting and have the time, what I often do is I use a damp rag to take most of the surface dust off and a dry rag in the other hand to catch any run-off. That way you're not getting everything soaking wet and it dries quickly. With any tough spots I encounter I just make the rag wetter and rub harder and use the dry cloth afterwards. You may be surprised how well a bike cleans up without soap and a lot of water.
I suppose, but, the bike looks so sexy when it's wet ;)   
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sorkyah
Whyd you have to be right @jetgirl

ATGATT... ATTATT, two acronyms I live by.
 

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Beemer
Stop it  jetgirl! You're giving my tail tidy goose bumps!
 
 
 
 
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