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Old 04-14-2009, 05:46 PM   #31
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I always thought the firetruck thing was because cities and towns wanted to see people on duty working when there were no fires to go too??

I wash mine cuz i like too.. makes it faster and makes the chics flock to it...
btw- i have that same oil leak too.. rumor has it that all "the cool people have it"
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Old 05-23-2009, 11:45 AM   #32
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My service contract has the dealer wash my bike every 5000 miles whether it needs it or not.

I just rode 2000 miles from Arkansas to Eastern Washington and I wasn't going to wash the bike till I got home to have it serviced. But it had so many bugs on it that it acquired an odd odor.
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Old 05-25-2009, 06:22 PM   #33
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This is the cleanest this thing has been in almost 3 years! Simple Green MAX actually got all the old caked on chain gunk off the swingarm and other nooks and crannies behind the countershaft sprocket etc. Truly amazing stuff and easy on the hands
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Old 06-05-2009, 11:31 PM   #34
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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.
isn't it because 1/3 of the guys are BBQ'ing and 1/3 are sleeping so there isn't much else to do?
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:03 PM   #35
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How come your bike is not clean?
-"it hasn´t rained lately"
-"it´s not a harley"
-"if it was, you´d see the (orange) paint"

Now for real... -"I´m out riding. If I wanted it clean, I´d be home polishing"

Dirty women, dirty bikes... :)
Svart, You're correct!

I clean my bike (with soap etc) when:

it's going to be stored for the Canadian winter(s) road salt is bad here,
it's going to come out of storage for the first time in the season,
it's going into major scheduled service,
it's going out from major scheduled service.

Outside of that, regular activities like:
1.) commuting daily, especially in rain & thunder storms,
2.) riding in mud then water crossings at every opportunity (mud helps naturally scrub off crap from the bike, no need to use expensive soap etc...),...
3.) then get on the nearest highway to go home and ride at 110-120km/h for 0.5-1 hour to dry off.

Note: If your bike is especially dirty, then just rinse in rain and repeat steps 1,2,3.
Also note: #2 is new to me, so it doesn't have to be single track, any mud and any water crossing will do!
Also also note: SAND is the best material for cleaning bikes, the fine powder sand that flows like water from the hand guards as you pickup the bike off the ground.

Because of a stupid bet, I did once ride through an automated car wash with my vstrom and found that it's best to not get the liquid wax option as it tends to plug up pores of textile riding gear making water repellancy less effective for a while (until you go through steps 1,2,3 again a few times and allow the gear and bike return to their normal condition).

All jokes aside, I was soaked even though I had on full gear, and the soap tends to be a skin irritant and my helmet reaked of soap and fogged up my goggles like it was nobody's business, oh, and the metal grate floor in these car washes are slippery as fu@k even for TKC80s, proceed slow as advised. Really, it's funny only if you're not the one in the car wash, but that's about it.
If I can figure out how to post a photo, I'll upload a picture or two.

Yeah, in short, you're right.

Life's too short, everybody should just ride.

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Old 07-06-2009, 11:00 AM   #36
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I did a simple washing a couple of weeks ago and did take time to look for loose parts. The bike had just come from a full service by Suzuki so on one had i was coinfident it ok and on the other hand i realized some guy/kid i don't know jsut messed with my bike.

during the initial cleaning i discovered 3 loose bolts connecting body panels & tail rack. cleaning under the seat i discovered a bolt just sitting on the frame, then i found the hole the bolt came from but there was nothing attached there. i then tore the bike down to the frame and put it back together just because.

When i checked my buddies bike the same bolt was missing and whatever it holds was also missing. still don't know what is missing but everthing is tight now.
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Old 07-06-2009, 01:36 PM   #37
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... The bike had just come from a full service by Suzuki ... i then tore the bike down to the frame and put it back together just because.

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If you can do a teardown/frame-up rebuild then WTF did you take it to Suzooki for?

Just sayin'
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Old 07-06-2009, 02:59 PM   #38
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If you can do a teardown/frame-up rebuild then WTF did you take it to Suzooki for?

Just sayin'
Hey MP - did you ever fix the leak?

Mine does the same, but I know some of it comes from the airbox...
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Old 07-06-2009, 06:34 PM   #39
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Hey MP - did you ever fix the leak?

Mine does the same, but I know some of it comes from the airbox...
Mine is/was intermittent. Every time I'd see it spat I'd get serious, then it wouldn't so I'd relax... ad infinitum.

Airbox spitting is overfill/overpressure eh?
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Old 07-06-2009, 07:12 PM   #40
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Cleaned the rocker cable thingy assembly (technical term) and voila problem solved.
Being at both times not a native english speaker and not a rocket mechanic, I seem to make an extensive use of technical terms.
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Old 07-06-2009, 07:14 PM   #41
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If you can do a teardown/frame-up rebuild then WTF did you take it to Suzooki for?

Just sayin'
Took it to Suzuki to save time and have the professionals do it. Also, didn't know i could tear it down to the frame, hadn't tried that before.
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:11 PM   #42
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Mine is/was intermittent. Every time I'd see it spat I'd get serious, then it wouldn't so I'd relax... ad infinitum.

Airbox spitting is overfill/overpressure eh?
Hopefully. It'll drip a goodly sized stain on the floor after a run down the freeway...
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Old 07-07-2009, 04:23 PM   #43
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Hopefully. It'll drip a goodly sized stain on the floor after a run down the freeway...
I was thinking more along the lines of a run around Death Valley...
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Old 09-27-2010, 05:32 AM   #44
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I know this is a bit of a serious question for such an entertaining thread
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are there any parts I shouldn't clean?
i.e. any advice on what to do to clean my bike - worried I may clean something that should be lubed or make my brakes not work or...
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Old 09-27-2010, 05:40 PM   #45
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I know this is a bit of a serious question for such an entertaining thread
but
are there any parts I shouldn't clean?
i.e. any advice on what to do to clean my bike - worried I may clean something that should be lubed or make my brakes not work or...
Be careful around the various bearings (wheels, swingarm, shock linkage, headset), particularly with any water pressure or penetrating solvents (i.e. stoddard solvents) such as WD-40
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