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Old 04-26-2012, 07:35 PM   #1
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Cleaning up my airhead

I was curious what are the common cleaners, polishes, and waxes that are used to clean the bikes up.

Thanks Greg
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:39 PM   #2
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I've been using straight white vinegar in a spray bottle lately.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:40 PM   #3
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:42 AM   #4
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cleaning

wow nice bike and so far very simple solutions. Im just trying to clean the bike up a little. Thanks
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:35 AM   #5
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When rebuilding my Bings, I was told to soak the parts in a Pine-sol and water solution. I tried it at a ratio of ~4:1 Pinesol. Worked wonders. Now I use Pinesol on all the greasy/dirty external parts of the R100.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:44 AM   #6
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When rebuilding my Bings, I was told to soak the parts in a Pine-sol and water solution. I tried it at a ratio of ~4:1 Pinesol. Worked wonders. Now I use Pinesol on all the greasy/dirty external parts of the R100.
i have read that about the carb cleaning, i will try it with the rest . thanks
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:13 AM   #7
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:24 AM   #8
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I never used a pressure washer on my R90/6 but did use a regular garden hose. Recently when I rebuilt the front and rear wheels there was ample evidence of water having gotten inside. I think the garden hose might be too much too. Don't know how to be more careful. Maybe I should change the wheel seals more often than once every ten years. Do you think?
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:34 AM   #9
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I have never tried Pine-sol.

Pressure washer? I have used them all my life on motorcycles as have tones of others I know. As long as you mind what you are doing, they work great with no problems.

I think soaking bare metal with WD40 and then washing with Simple Green works real well as long as you don't let the Simple Green dry on anything ever.
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:14 AM   #10
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I have never tried Pine-sol.

Pressure washer? I have used them all my life on motorcycles as have tones of others I know. As long as you mind what you are doing, they work great with no problems.

I think soaking bare metal with WD40 and then washing with Simple Green works real well as long as you don't let the Simple Green dry on anything ever.
i washed my dirt bikes for years with the pressure washer and never had a problem, i will try the wd40 and simple green trick as well thanks
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:37 AM   #11
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I don't think you can say never use a pressure washer on a bike, just know what you are doing before you start.
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:53 AM   #12
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i washed my dirt bikes for years with the pressure washer and never had a problem, i will try the wd40 and simple green trick as well thanks
I said real well. I meant better than anything else I have tried. Depending on how bad the metal is stained nothing works real well as far as I know excepting a bead blaster. I put one of those big, shallow drip trays underneath them and let the WD40 soak for a day or two with a extra squirt in between. I think it helps but I wouldn't bet on it. Good luck!
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:02 AM   #13
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Shout laundry spot remover works wonders on grease as it is a surfactant. Spray on, brush off. Don't let it dry, and try to avoid allowing it to soak on rubber, plastic, or paint.
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:11 PM   #14
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Simple Green, and a little Hydrogen Peroxide in a bottle for (10:1 H20/Hydrogen Peroxide) will clean most any bug juice off. Simple Green on a clean shop towel for the rest.

Then again, I am not much of a shiner or polisher. It makes it easier to find oil leaks if they are dirty.

YMMV.
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:20 PM   #15
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Simple Green, and a little Hydrogen Peroxide in a bottle for (10:1 H20/Hydrogen Peroxide) will clean most any bug juice off.
Did someone say bug juice? You shoulda seen my boots.

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