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Old 03-26-2009, 10:00 AM   #16
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Looks to me if you ride a KTM cleaning is essential. . After 15 years of abuse on a Honda the thing has never sprung a leak.


But seriously cleaning and inspecting is important and not just on dirt bikes. I wish we could get cage drivers to do the same thing.

It's not dirt, it's camo...


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Old 03-26-2009, 10:26 AM   #17
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You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
kidding! and you are correct, good thread
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:38 AM   #18
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Thank God for all these honest responses. I thought when I read the title that I would be out cleaning my DR with no real purpose in mind!
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Old 03-26-2009, 12:59 PM   #19
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Thank God for all these honest responses. I thought when I read the title that I would be out cleaning my DR with no real purpose in mind!
Not a terrible passtime IMhO.

BTW, this is a much livelier crowd than last time
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Old 03-26-2009, 01:54 PM   #20
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How come your bike is not clean?
-"it hasnt rained lately"
-"its not a harley"
-"if it was, youd see the (orange) paint"

Now for real... -"Im out riding. If I wanted it clean, Id be home polishing"

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Old 03-26-2009, 02:31 PM   #21
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I definitely understand the gist of the topic, but some leaks appear easier on dirt than they do on a spotless bike - coolant especially.
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:24 PM   #22
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I definitely understand the gist of the topic, but some leaks appear easier on dirt than they do on a spotless bike - coolant especially.
True, but I think the meat of Meat's sentiment is if you never give the bike a good cleaning, you can easily miss leaks in areas out of plain sight.

Although, it sure looked like Meat's leaky shaft would have left a mark or two on the driveway.







Meat's leaky shaft. I kill me.
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:05 PM   #23
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True, but I think the meat of Meat's sentiment is if you never give the bike a good cleaning, you can easily miss leaks in areas out of plain sight.

Although, it sure looked like Meat's leaky shaft would have left a mark or two on the driveway.

Meat's leaky shaft. I kill me.
Never had The Drip... The Clap, well... no comment.

Anyways, get on your hands and knees and scrub mofo. Get yourself a creeper, lay on your back, slide under...







I kill me too!
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:16 AM   #24
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This thread is getting X rated.

straightrod screwed with this post 06-04-2010 at 08:11 PM
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:22 AM   #25
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This from the fella with the "straightrod" handle... do you know WTF a creeper is???

Here's a pic of one:


its the thing underneath the lady bub.
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Old 03-27-2009, 01:36 PM   #26
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I was just fun-in ya, and yes that is the best looking creeper I have ever seen!
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Old 04-14-2009, 01:56 PM   #27
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Thumb Check your bikes !

I Cleaned my XT600E 99' after almost 2 years for the first time from top to bottom. Reason ? Chain got out while off road , got scared to continue and headed back early. So , plenty of time to check my bike and do some small maintenance. What i saw besides small stuff? One small piece of metal that hold the front wheel was broken in 2 pieces ! It seems that it can hold if i drive carefully because of the 4 screws that hold it in place.But of course if i went off road with it it WOULD break on a hard rock or at hight speeds (?) with mortal danger. I have ordered the broken piece and waiting patiently till it comes , 30 euro for maybe my life ?I will never do this mistake again and check on my bike carefully from now on.I don't know about cleaning every single piece of it , but surely i will pay much more attention to the bike.It deserves it , serves me for 10 years now demanding regular services only and fuel !
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Old 04-14-2009, 02:15 PM   #28
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cleaned the chain a few days ago before lubing.
masterlink clip MIA. that coulda been bad
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Old 04-14-2009, 05:42 PM   #29
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Ever wonder why Firefighters wash the trucks everyday? So you can get up close and personal and look for damage or maintenance issues. Also to take care of the rigs that the tax payers bought us to use. A piece of fire apparatus that breaks down on the way to an emergency is not acceptable. Same thing applies to a bike. Better to find a problem when it's minor than find out on the highway or way back on a trail.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:22 PM   #30
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I don't see the need to wash firetrucks everyday. Do they go to a fire everyday? Now, i could see doing a good walk around and check all the systems but washing everyday? I'll go over to the firehouse and ask.
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