For many of us, the return of Spring can’t come too soon. We endure darker days, colder temps, and white stiff that covers the ground making it impossible to mount our trusty metal steed and head out to the highway. Sure there are those among us that don’t let the cold bother them and will ride until they are forced to park their steel horse. Tommy from Accounting, Andy from the Custodial Staff, Robert the Cook, Eric the Facilities Manager, or Eddie the Warehouse Manager, those are the exception. They ride for a living. For the rest of us, now is the time to deep clean that bike and get it ready for your the first Spring day you can ride. Your friends at K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) have everything you need to get your motorcycle ready for the Spring Fling.
Last year you made the pilgrimage to Sturgis, spent a week in Tennessee and mastered The Dragon, and rode the entire Great Lakes. Your bike got filthy with a capital F! You “cleaned” your bike and it looked good for the rest of the season. With time on your hands, you know that bike is ready for a serious bath. You will hear a dozen ways to clean your bike from a dozen people, but the common thread amongst them is they all use motorcycle specific detailing products. You may or may not know, motorcycle and automobile finishes are completely different and require different cleaners and waxes. As motorcyclists we do not have the luxury of pulling into a random automatic car wash to clean the rides grime away, so we have to take the cleaning into our own hands.
Let’s start with the army of bugs that invaded your bike and left the carcasses of the dead on every surface. A good hot towel placed on the bike and left to cool will soften the deceased, allowing the remains to be wiped away by a quality bug remover or bike wash. This is an important step to be performed as needed because bug guts can damage the finish. Hand washing a bike is a great way to get to know your bike, and keep an open eye for anything that isn’t right. If you choose to Soap and Water wash your bike, a hose, a bucket, and a good motorcycle wash product are all you will need. Just make sure you have the time to dry the bike, otherwise a wet pair of jeans will likely be in your future. Many people avoid the hose and bucket method because they don’t have the time or patience to spend thoroughly washing their ride, and don’t have the proper equipment to dry it. That is one reason why I recommend a thorough cleaning in the off season so you can pay extra attention to each and every area.
Wash in a can is not a bad option, however when selecting your cleaner you want to make sure the product lifts the dirt away and suspends it so the grit won’t scratch the bike. The trigger or aerosol spray wash has many specialty products aimed at different areas of the motorcycle. Pay close attention when using these as some can have negative results when used in the wrong area. There are also whole bike cleaners, again make sure you follow the directions so you use the product correctly. When the bike is all clean and shiny it is time to protect that finish with either a good paste wax or high quality spray wax. Also as tempting as it may be, you will want to avoid dressing your tires (or any other rubber/leather/vinyl surface) as this can affect your ride. Selecting the right products is as easy as heading over to K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) to see the great selection at rock bottom prices.
Whether you need Tire and Wheel Cleaner – Bike Wash – Windshield Cleaner (do not use an ammonia based cleaner to clean the windshield, as you can chemically etch the Lexan damaging the finish) De-greaser – Finish Protector – Seat Surface Cleaner and Conditioner – Leather Cleaner and Conditioner – Chrome Polish – Metal Polish – Plastic Cleaner, or Quick Detailer. A lot of different products from a lot of different companies can be confusing at best, so why not let K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) help you by finding you the right product for the job at everyday low prices. Make your ride stand tall and be proud of your work.