Here at CMW we know the importance of having a properly cleaned bike. A dirty bike can cause many problems, from the performance of the vehicle to the aesthetic of it, having a clean bike is something every rider should keep in mind when going out for a ride.
This short blog from CMW will inform you on how to clean your bike effectively.
The most well-known way to wash a motorcycle is ordinary water, but other cleaning products are available that are used instead of it, or in combination.
Now steam cleaning is gaining popularity, but about it a little later. To get an excellent result, you should follow these recommendations:
Before you wash your motorcycle, park it in the shade. If you leave it in the sun, the soapy solution or cleaner residue will dry quickly, leaving smudges and streaks on your vehicle. This will negatively affect the appearance of the motorcycle. In addition, the surface of the bike should be cool. Let it cool before washing.
It is necessary to use special cleaners that will not harm the upholstery of the seat, and will also have a positive effect on chrome and paintwork. The use of liquid cleaners is recommended. They will significantly reduce the time it takes to clean your motorcycle. These products deal with contaminants such as engine oil, tar, dirt and bird droppings. The principle of their operation is simple: spray liquid on the surface of the motorcycle and wipe it with a microfiber sponge. After a couple of minutes, polish with a waffle towel, removing any remaining liquid.
After you have parked your motorcycle in the shade, you can start cleaning. The easiest way is to mentally divide the bike into several parts in order to gradually move from one part to another. Leave the wheels for last, as water will run off them during the wash.
Particular attention should be paid to the windshield, headlights, seat upholstery, side panels, which are considered the hallmark of any motorcycle. After these parts are cleaned of dirt, you can start working on other parts.
Divide the cleaning process into several stages. For example, wash the front wheel, fork and fender separately. Then proceed to the detailing of the rear wheel, fender and suspension. By structuring your work in this way, you avoid splashing the cleaning agent onto already cleaned surfaces. Also, while your wheels are soaking, you can wash your windshield or sidewalls. Start at one end of the bike, and work your way up, cleaning the parts from bottom to top.
Remember to rinse motorcycle parts after using the cleaning agent. Soap residue can dry out and leave white streaks and spots on the vehicle. Use warm water and a soft cloth to rinse. In addition, it is recommended to wipe the parts of the motorcycle with a waffle towel, which will absorb excess moisture and prevent smudges.