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Old 10-21-2012, 11:58 PM   #16
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I ride 6 days a week about 50 weeks a year. In all weather except ice and heavy snow. My bike gets a wash once a year. Right before its MOT.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:27 AM   #17
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I ride 6 days a week about 50 weeks a year. In all weather except ice and heavy snow. My bike gets a wash once a year. Right before its MOT.
I have to admit that i am about the same, really slack with washing the bike.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:37 AM   #18
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I ride my bike year round as my main vehicle, aside from heavy rains, and put close to 13000 miles on it per year. The only time i really wash it is when I'm working on it or have some friends over so we can work on/wash our bikes all once (not in the closet )

I prefer a clean bike mainly because it's easier to work on and gives you that clean feeling (mentally, if you know what I'm talking about).
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jsalman93 screwed with this post 10-22-2012 at 12:38 AM Reason: forgot a zero on miles per year
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:35 AM   #19
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i dont like the idea of hitting mine with a pressure washer at the car wash or dunking it with a hose, so mine sort of get's a whore-bath from a bucket n sponge without a lot of fuss.
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:29 AM   #20
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Not only do I suffer the same affliction, but I HATE looking at all those fix-it pictures in the Thumper section showing mud caked bikes in various states of disassembly.

The Aussies are the worst!
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:24 AM   #21
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I ride my bike all year around both as my work vehicle (I'm a courier) and as my personal one in the evenings and over the weekends, putting around 25.000Kms per year. In Lisbon it rains properly from November to around April, and during this period I do not wash the bike (I figure the rain does a pretty good job at washing it), and out of this period I might wash it once or twice, but really thats has much as it gets washed. I believe that the layer of dust, mud and dead mosquitoes actually acts as a protective layer to the painted areas because it stops it from getting burned by the sun(black bike) haha
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:45 AM   #22
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I'm like that with my cars and bikes. I spend a lot time wiping stuff down...

Allthough my commuter/errand bike, the 250, is pretty filthy at the moment and I haven't cleaned it in months. EVERY time I clean that bike, the very next day I ride it, it gets covered in something somehow.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:02 AM   #23
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The Aussies are the worst!
Why give your bike a bath when you don't take one yourself?
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:08 AM   #24
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, though it seems a lot more important for DS/dirt bikes and any bike ridden after the first road salt application of the winter...
This is true. If you're talking about actual mud/slush/salt that will eat your bike alive, washing is important for preserving actual function.

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:10 AM   #25
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Ok, I'll admit it..... I like my bike clean. I take it out, I get it dirty. I come home and time permitting, I wash it. I'll take it out the next day and get it dirty again and (time permitting) come home and clean it up. I can't stand to leave it covered in s#*t. In my defense, if I know it's getting dirty again tomorrow I won't waste my time cleaning it but it doesn't sit for more than a day covered in poo. The way I see it... I take care of the bike and it takes care of me.

I'm admitting my problem because a fellow rider has threatened to "out me" as an "obsessive washer" to the ADV world.

Ok, let me know how you guys see it???
Leaving mud and crap packed on a bike is a good way to promote rust and corrosion. Plus it hides damage and leaks.

I say wash it.

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PS Street bikes do not usually need quite so much attention. That said, wait until you try to clean a neglected bike for resale!
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:24 AM   #26
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I used to be a stickler for a clean bike when I had my sport bikes.
My GS, if she gets dirty, the only cleaning she gets is a good power washing at 70mph in the rain.

That said... I'll likely do a weekly rinse down once we have the salt down.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:36 AM   #27
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This thread is getting saved so I know who not to buy from in the flea market.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:49 AM   #28
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This thread is getting saved so I know who not to buy from in the flea market.


Dirt, road grime and rain sports are one thing. Caked mud is a whole 'nother story.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:01 AM   #29
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I pay to have the ole ladies Escalade washed, too much sheet metal there for me. Same with the Silverado. As far as the bikes, I used to be one of the wash'em guys, but it seems like my Ducati doesn't like to start after a good soaking with a hose. The KTM doesn't seem to care. So I don't wash either of them, unless I'm working on something.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:26 AM   #30
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Just thinking of road salt keeps me up at night
Maybe no need to wash but buy some "Salt Away" and neutralize the shit once in a while. They use chlorides on gravel roads here in the summer, insidious shit gets everywhere, turns to cement and as soon as moisture hits it again corrodes stuff. Really bad for magnesium alloys even painted all it takes is a very tiny chip in the paint to start the process. Looks like I may be busting a few bubbles before we powdercoat the parts, haven't looked yet....they probably got bigger over the summer or there is more of them.

The PO of my bike sure kept it clean but I have been finding corrosion in places where there shouldn't be. Took me a long time to get rid of it and a little too late for some parts I had to replace.

Protect your electricals....! On a BMW, according to their bulletin should be done once a year. I'll settle for 2 years but I use the good stuff for protection, found a few too many greening connectors at first, I don't like electrical gremlins.
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