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Old 10-26-2012, 08:22 AM   #46
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Just curious: where is that Ural pic taken? I used to live outside of Issaquah, at the top of Tiger Mt. Road (and, later, in Seattle), and we never had snow that deep in the seven years I was there, but I guess you guys have had a few freaky snowy years recently...
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But yes, we have been having cooler winters with more snow for the last several years.

Got plenty of snow in Kent last year.



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Old 10-26-2012, 03:11 PM   #47
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I wash mine, but not obsessively so. Every month or so - a basic spray and wipe. But, I use any required maintenance as an excuse to clean really well in places that usually don't get the light of day. I figure the bike is apart anyway, might as well clean everything thoroughly before reassembly. So for a Ducati, it's between the cylinders, behind the vertical cylinder where the oil breather sits, and all around the carbs, batteries, under the seat, backs of fairings, etc. But that works out to about once a year.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:19 PM   #48
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Dirt has mass.
Increased mass reduces performance.
Wash bike go faster.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:51 PM   #49
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I admit I'm not a real stickler for keeping the bike clean. In fact, it's filthy right now from road grime and rainy weather.
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:17 PM   #50
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Well.......


My Valkyrie.
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:28 PM   #51
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:47 PM   #52
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:54 AM   #53
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It should be washed from time to time...I'll give you that...I wash during summer just for the sake of it ...during winter hot water just because of salt....
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:36 AM   #54
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:07 PM   #55
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:47 PM   #56
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Hurricane coming in, free bike wash time!
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:03 PM   #57
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Hurricane coming in, free bike wash time!


Will you be riding thru it or just leaving the bike out in it!
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:14 AM   #58
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I usually wash my commuter bike every other week, and toss in any other bikes that need to be washed during that time as well. It's mostly an excuse, however, since I adjust my sleeping schedule every other week and it's a good way to keep myself awake during times I'd normally be sleeping.

Every 2ish months I'll take the extra half hour to get out the random orbital and put a layer of sealant on the tank, painted frame members, and any fairings. If I don't have to buff out any scratches and I already have the extension cord out, it only takes about 15 minutes. I'll also do a quick detail on porus plastics and sometimes exposed rubber bits with some detailer/protectorant. All-in-all a full clean and detailing on the Ninja 100 only takes me about 1.5 hours, and that's with cracking out the various brushes to get into all the nooks and crannies. For just washing I usually spend more time trying to get the gunk off the chain than I do washing it. A good sealant goes a long way.

Though in cooler months with fewer/no bugs, I can easily go 1-2 months between washings if I don't ride in any rain or there isn't any deicer on the ground.

As a related side note, I've discovered that the spray on cleaners (including Pledge) are pretty handy for a quick wipe down. But they also strip away any wax/sealant and I've seen lemon Pledge dissolve exposed paint. They also seem to wash away at the first hint of water, so I wind up having to clean the bike more with a spray cleaner than a quick hand wash. Note I've only used Pledge, Motul, and Muck-Off spray products. Oh, and ditto goes for a lot of those bug/tar remover sprays.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:03 AM   #59
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I spray mine off with the hose using the jet nozzle after the engine cools every coupe rides. No point in washing it, I commute to work through desert dirt roads. Don't need no asphalt 'round here. and there's too many idiots to boot.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:22 PM   #60
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My GS gets washed once a year, at the annual Hooters bikini car wash in nearby Montreal.
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