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  • How often Do you get your bike washed or wash it yourself?

    Hi all,

    i wanted to know whats the general opinion on washing bikes, and cleaning them.

    generally i have seen people washing their bikes once a week, and then later complaining of issues with rusting or electrical problems.

    IMO, bikes should be washed once a month or lesser even, and should generally be kept clean with a cloth and good storage ( keeping covered, or in a location where dust accumulation is lesser). This helps increase the life of the machine, avoids rusting, and lowers the onus on the owner to keep the bike clean.

    What are your opinions/suggestions etc???

    Should i add a poll to this???


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  • #2
    General Biking Discussion Approved.

    I never wash my bike, always just wipe her and polish it once or twice a week. This, more than makes me satisfied with her "hygiene".
    :)

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    • #3
      Every sat/sun i wipe my bike clean with a wet cloth all over the paint and alloys and thats it.
      Twice a month i give it a water wash with "Amway Car Wash" which produces fantastic results, after that use 3M liquid polish or Formula 1 carnauba wax to give a brilliant shine and protect paint finish.

      The problem with bikes like 220 is that when you give it a nice good water wash, you have to lube the chain too.
      Maintaining black color is tough too and requires regular cleaning, also i feel embarassed when my bike is full of dirt and am riding it (couldnt wipe clean).
      The joy of riding a shiny black bike is more than hardwork required in bringing that shine.

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      • #4
        I give a pressure wash whenever I see noticeable dirt (especially if I have ridden the previous day in rainy weather). Otherwise once a week pressure wash + polish. For daily rides, a wipe with a moist cloth is sufficient to take away the previous day's dust layer

        I agree with coolboy.. The pleasure of riding a shiny black bike is worth every effort which goes to maintain it that way
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        • #5
          ^^ no fear of rusting while washing bike weekly???

          Anyone washing so frequently do u use a compressed air blast after that to remove the water from the nooks and crannies??


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          • #6
            every 2 weeks i wipe the bike with a wet cloth,and then dry it off with a dry cloth and then polish it!
            and i oil certain metal parts/joints to avoid rusting!
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            • #7
              Its been almost 1 month(750kms on odo) after getting my bike(p220-black) and iam yet to put a drop of water on it!!
              I just clean it with a normal soft dry cloth.

              Reason: Iam too lazy to clean my bike properly :P
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              • #8
                I haven't washed my bike nor ever wiped it with a cloth since I bought it(about 1.5 year ago). My bike gets washed only at the service center at the time of servicing.

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                • #9
                  i clean my bike's tank and panels etc twice a week with a wet cloth and every month i wash it completely .

                  @ moeed - never cleaned it , i hate dirty bikes

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jd666 View Post
                    ^^ no fear of rusting while washing bike weekly???

                    Anyone washing so frequently do u use a compressed air blast after that to remove the water from the nooks and crannies??
                    Yes I use the vaccuum cleaner in reverse (blow mode) to remove excess water.
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                    • #11
                      I never wash my bike. Iam least bothered about its looks. It would look like a dirt bike anytime of the year. U can even find my rear alloy to have become totally black in color due to regular and heavy spillage of oil on it. However i make sure everything else is running fine.
                      But whenever i wash the bike, i totally strip it and take almost half a day to clean it to a sparkling shine. I use clinic plus shampoo. For the next few days it smells like clinic plus shampoo whenever the engine gets hot. Coming to polish, i use the ordinary polish costing 40rs available at Shell Fuel Stations. I havent had any problems of rusting till date.
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                      • #12
                        IMo too frequent washing would cause rust to catch up.

                        one should wash the bike, and keep the dirt off the brakes, chain, engine, radiator ( in case of LC machines ), and grime from the alloys/hubs etc ( in case they foul the bearings.

                        Basically all mechanical parts should be clean.

                        visually you can always use a good wax, and wipe clean often with a wet and dry cloth alternately.

                        What ive seen is cases of rusting in Bikes like R15, and bullets ( under the tank, behind the side panels etc), where the ingestion of water is easy, but to remove it is a task.

                        I mustve washed my bullet a total of 15 times in the last 6 years that ive had her. Other than rustin on the leg guard, there isnt much rust anywhere else.

                        Also the keyhole like at the ignition, side panel, seat lock etc, tend to get rusty or hard to operate if water enters. best bet is to spray zorrick inside the lock once the bike is washed.

                        wont water and then sunlight cause the rubber mounts/fittings etc to get hard and brittle???


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                        • #13
                          During summers & winters I don't wash my bike at all. Just wipe using a soft cloth (usually an old vest) very very gently. In rainy season maybe 3-4 times.

                          I am getting too old for the mushakkat and feel like crying when I see the 'water service' that happens around. They spray water at high pressure indiscriminately
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                          • #14
                            Every sunday... I make my sexy black apache rtr160 bath........

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                            • #15
                              So the daily wash that the watchman gives to all bikes and cars in the society - is that to be avoided? Should I ask him to just wipe it down with a dry cloth and give a wash with a wet cloth once a week myself?
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