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Old 02-20-2013, 10:00 AM   #16201
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These things are great for getting into awkward spots. Get a good one
the cheap ones don't work as well.

Please no pics pluric. I really don't want to know what you use that brush for.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:00 AM   #16202
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Please no pics pluric. I really don't want to know what you use that brush for.
Only to tickle the Tenere. But I like how you think.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:18 AM   #16203
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Ok here we go. We should really start a cleaning thread...

Just after getting the bike covered in crap I give it a hose down with the nearest available hose. (Servo, Friends place, Umm new friends place, clean river / creek). If that fails just wait till home time.

Get as much solid stuff off with Lower pressure Gerni / Hose whatever. Before it all dries sponge it down from the top with CT18 Truck wash. Let that soak and dry if you want. The truck wash is design to help get things off. It's designed for truckies that can't sponge a whole truck.

Let that soak in and then work from the top down. Most if the time that's it. Just clean up the axles and do the WD40 on the axle seals and buff off any excess. Just make sure any seals, moving bits and things like that are clean. The other stuff can stay on the bike for a while.

So once a month or two or...

Get Chux, CT18, Sponge, Bucket, Long bristle cheapo Brush, tooth brush (no not the one I use at night but that's up to you.). Bucket. Mr Sheen. Roll of designer toilet paper. Soft and multiply.

Put about 1 cap CT18 per litre in the bucket.

Bug Splats.
Soak a piece chux in CT18 / water and throw it on the wind screen and other large bits. Leave it there and keep it wet.

Mud will come off after a bit of a soak anyway just leaving the film. Hose off all the mud around the bike otherwise you will end up with interesting swirls in the paint of you drop a sponge. (also kids like to "help" and they drop sponges often)
Don't worry about the bike it's Ok with water. It's not Italian.

Do the usual and start at the top with the sponge and work over the bikes easy bits and hose down often.

One you finish the big bits, just work on the smaller bits with the chux. After you have finished most of it you can now slide off those wet chux on the plastic and the bugs should stay with the chux.

Then it's onto the smaller bits with the el cheapo brush. Just get in there and do it. And when it gets even smaller you move to toothbrush.
Once you have finished you grab a beverage and sit back and admire all your work and missed bits. Keep going.
Repeat until you are sick to death of it.
Wheel it into the garage and let it rust until you feel guilty and have to take it for a ride to dry it out.

I find a good 750Km tarmac ride is needed to do it properly.

Once thoroughly dry, give it a bit of a once over with Mr Sheen and polish it off with that nice designer toilet paper.
Mr Sheen will stop things from sticking so easily to everything and that designer toilet paper just shows the bike you care. It also polishes better than cheap scratchy crap.

The only thing I found really bad was cow shit. It sticks and stinks even after two days. I just had to man up and lie down in the stuff and scrub the bottom of the bike where it all caked on. I thought I could get it all with high pressure water but no.

Every now and again give the paint a good polish with a quality cleaner and wax.

After all that I look at the bike and think....

How embarrassing looks like a poser bike now. Better go and get it a bit dirty.

It's a vicious cycle I tell ya.

I don't do this every trip. Sometimes the bugs / mud / dust can just stay there for a while. Cow shit on the other hand keeps reminding you that it is there. While it does remind me of wholesome country living it gets on my nerves after a while.

I do like to give it a thorough clean every month or so. This is when you notice little things that can be fixed to avoid a bigger problem later.

Every 12 months (Middle of winter) I do a big service, pull down clean, tighten, grease oil change etc whether it needs it or not. Last year though I was a bit slack and went out riding a bit.
You lost me.
I will bring mine to you and you can show me?

Mine gets washed while riding in the rain. I guess yaw are wanting it cleaner than that.

I have hosed it down a couple of times at the house. (So I can find the oil filter) Then commenced to ride it down my dirt/mud driveway to get to the road. Thus, the world has never seen it clean.
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:03 PM   #16204
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Thanks for the replies and sentiments guys.

We are looking at about 20k miles in the US and Alaska and then another 15k ish in South America.

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Your original route had you passing through the Jacksonville, Fl. area, and my offer still stands for fine meals, drinks, and a warm (or cool, depending on when you pass through) place for you to lay your heads while in the area. Plenty of room in the garage for a second Tenere and 3 dealers in the area if you're in need of parts and such. Hell, if it's oil change time I've got the stuff you need laying around here. Always glad to accommodate a vagabond - my way of ginning up good Karma for the future me that will have the time for such a journey...

If you're into history at all I recommend you venture 30 miles south to St. Augustine for a look-see.

Can't wait to see the ride reports from your trip.
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:15 PM   #16205
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Mine gets washed while riding in the rain. I guess yaw are wanting it cleaner than that.

I have hosed it down a couple of times at the house. (So I can find the oil filter)

i agree
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:18 PM   #16206
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Name this person...

Who is it?



Just not serious enough these S10 riders..
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:22 PM   #16207
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You lost me.
I will bring mine to you and you can show me?

Mine gets washed while riding in the rain. I guess yaw are wanting it cleaner than that.
Yes on occasions. Like I said it's not a religion, If I don't have time It stays dirty and I am getting slacker as time goes on

But there are a few spots I have noticed over time that have some corrosion so I deal with it. If I'd never got down and clean with the bike I wouldn't have noticed. Given up on the spokes though. They can rust.
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:40 PM   #16208
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@Graham - Wow, quite the process! I've err, never washed the bike. I clean the lenses, headlight and windscreen, but rely upon rain to do most of the rest. sometimes hit it with Honda spray cleaner or Plexas, but that's about it.

I live in the desert though, so that helps. Sand doesn't stick and I avoid the cow patties.

@OGR - We're outside St George, Utah, close to Zion N.P. and other good riding. About 130 miles North of Las Vegas, NV. If you're out our way, give me a shout, PM and email are in the profile. Might manage to let you use the guest suite and pool if we're around. You'll have to tell the missus good stories and suffer with some food and drink though.

If don't want to or you're farther South, Mesquite, NV has cheap hotel rooms at the Casinos. Decent place to spend the night before moving on.

Have tools and can take care of you if you're in need of service too.
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:58 PM   #16209
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Not to beat the whole cleaning thing to death, buuuuttttt I find
I find it's helpful in finding loose bits, missing nuts, hanging bashplates etc
not on the Tenere of course. It's just a good time to get a close look
at the bike, maybe even notice a loose spoke.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:36 PM   #16210
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Anyone figured out an easy way to 'unswitch' the DC adapter in the dash?

I'd like to use it when the bike is off, as well as use it as a charging port for the battery tender.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:02 PM   #16211
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Given up on the spokes though. They can rust.
You ain't kidding.

For a bike that is so well appointed for the $$ it cost, the spokes could be off a Chinese scooter. They may be proper strength, but nothing would keep them looking nice.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:14 PM   #16212
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Has anyone switched all of them to stainless? The is a side of me that wants to take them off and paint them all black.

OGR...i will hopefully be riding by that point so I can show you around for a bit.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:42 PM   #16213
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You ain't kidding.

For a bike that is so well appointed for the $$ it cost, the spokes could be off a Chinese scooter.
I think you have been drinking too much Kool Aid there. They're not that good.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:50 PM   #16214
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My bike's a 2011 with 12,000 km on it and the spokes still look new. I must be doing something wrong ... like cleaning them.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:24 AM   #16215
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Your original route had you passing through the Jacksonville, Fl. area, and my offer still stands for fine meals, drinks, and a warm (or cool, depending on when you pass through) place for you to lay your heads while in the area. Plenty of room in the garage for a second Tenere and 3 dealers in the area if you're in need of parts and such. Hell, if it's oil change time I've got the stuff you need laying around here. Always glad to accommodate a vagabond - my way of ginning up good Karma for the future me that will have the time for such a journey...

If you're into history at all I recommend you venture 30 miles south to St. Augustine for a look-see.

Can't wait to see the ride reports from your trip.
Both you and St Augustine have had a pin in my map for some time now. . See you there around end of April/early May
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