Winter will be over soon, so all motorcycle drivers need to take their bikes out of the garage and get them ready for the road. Before you can even start checking the fluids and tires, you need to learn how to properly wash your motorcycle in some easy steps. Having the right tools is the key to any project, so here is a quick overview of what you are going to need to wash your motorcycle properly. First of all, you will need to buckets. One bucket should contain the soapy water that will be applied to the bike, while the other bucket is for clean water that you will use to clean the dirty tools.
The cleaning products should contain soaps, wheel cleaners, all-purpose cleaner, various assortments of different brushes for the engine and the wheels, and air box cover and exhaust plug to make sure that water does not get into any places you do not want it. After placing the motorcycle on the stand, the next step that you need to take would be to check the condition of the bike for sensitive areas and to decide what level of cleaning is necessary.
On many bikes, the seat can be removed very easily, so try to do this in order to clean it separately from the bike. Next, remove the air filter cover and the filter itself to avoid getting it wet during the wash. Afterwards, install the air box safety cover and secure it in place. Much the same as an engine detail, uncovering the sensitive electrical areas with extra towels and plastic baggies to minimize any heavy water saturation is very important, since the seat has been removed. The next step will be to grab your pressure washer and eliminate all the dirt from your bike so as to make it ready for the soapy water. Always work from top to bottom, and lean the bike over to get completely underneath.
Remember, the more you remove now, the easier it will be to avoid any scratches later. In order to make sure that you eliminate all the dirt and obtain a wonderful shining bike, you will have to use a stronger version of car soap in your foam gun. Do your best to utilize water pressure, foam guns and cleaning solutions to minimize the scrubbing necessary and to avoid the typical scratches that commonly occur on motorcycles.
Now take a soft towel and the two buckets and begin washing the bike from top to bottom, rinsing the towel frequently. As you get into smaller or tighter areas on the bike, use a toothbrush and wheel cleaning tools to remove the mud properly. For areas that need extra help, you will have to use an all-purpose cleaner to help release the grease. Now you will have to continue with the wheels and clean each spoke properly by gently spinning the rim by hand. After you have finished washing the bike, place the seat and air filter back on the motorcycle and let it dry out completely.