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Old 04-01-2013, 11:35 AM   #931
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How many Q-Tips (cotton swabs) did y'all go through to get into all the nooks and crannies?

Seriously; what method did you use to get is so shiny-clean?


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Cheers mate! I start with spraying it with some degreaser, then hose that off and when its all dry (next day usually) I get to work with a good cleaner (Meguiars products), lots of rags and go over everything carefully. I use rags on the end of screwdrivers and such to get into the tight spots, I replace zip ties where needed and generally tidy things up. My Grandad is my inspiration for the way I detail my machines, he was a fanatic about cleanliness and organization and I guess it just rubbed off.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:41 AM   #932
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That machine is clean. wow!
For mine to "look" clean you have to stand back a ways and moonlight seems to help.

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Cheers mate! I start with spraying it with some degreaser, then hose that off and when its all dry (next day usually) I get to work with a good cleaner (Meguiars products), lots of rags and go over everything carefully. I use rags on the end of screwdrivers and such to get into the tight spots, I replace zip ties where needed and generally tidy things up. My Grandad is my inspiration for the way I detail my machines, he was a fanatic about cleanliness and organization and I guess it just rubbed off.
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:01 PM   #933
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Oh, and I added a new front tire as well as a UNI filter. I detailed it as I was going to sell it but then changed my mind, its got too many great bits on it and I don't won't to start farkeling all over again with a new bike just before summer. Sorry for some of the blown out highlights in the pics, I need a new camera.
















Man! you have to tell me how can you keep a bike as clean as yours!! I tought mine was clean...What product do you use to bring your parts that glossy black? Thanks!!
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:17 PM   #934
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Gave the LC its first wash. It's much easier to clean than the twin cam
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:50 PM   #935
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Bought my '07 in January with 1296 miles, just turned 5k on the way home today. Looking forward to doing the first service on her I'm the coming weeks.

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Old 04-01-2013, 05:14 PM   #936
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I think I need a small funnel as this oil barely moved today where it was supposed to.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:17 PM   #937
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I think I need a small funnel as this oil barely moved today where it was supposed to.




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Old 04-01-2013, 05:22 PM   #938
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:19 PM   #939
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Man! you have to tell me how can you keep a bike as clean as yours!! I tought mine was clean...What product do you use to bring your parts that glossy black? Thanks!!


Please don't 'quote' all the pictures when you reply. It clogs the thread to hell.

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Old 04-01-2013, 08:53 PM   #940
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Man! you have to tell me how can you keep a bike as clean as yours!! I tought mine was clean...What product do you use to bring your parts that glossy black? Thanks!!
Had a couple of people message me as well so here it is:
I use spray degreaser, any of the cheap ones from Pepboys etc will do, then I wash the bike down and dry it. Next I use a combination of Acetone with small paint and artist brushes on the hard to get at greasy/dirty areas then I use Meguires interior cleaner on a rag and do everything by hand, changing out rags as they get dirty. I also keep my bike clean by regular washes so it doesn't get a build up of mud, dirt and grease so that my bi-annual detail is easier to do. Hope that helps.


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Old 04-01-2013, 09:27 PM   #941
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My brother uses simple green to clean his bikes, and it works quite well. I was selling a Bonneville black where the black in the engine had turned to dark grey. We cleaned with simple green, and the black came back. Very nice.

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Old 04-02-2013, 07:46 AM   #942
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I put the rack givi SRA692, was perfect, very beautiful and practical, the piece goes on top of the original deck.












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Old 04-02-2013, 07:58 PM   #943
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Got a set of TT bar risers installed and also had the handlebar mounts turned around 180 degrees - stoked with the outcome!

At 2m in height i have always struggled with standing and this defintely helps. Now just need to work out what footpegs to get? Either the adjustable TT pegs or pivot pegs but im not sure which can be lowered the greatest?
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:22 PM   #944
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I'm in the process of turning my 2012 GS into a rolling Touratech showroom (cause I'm a shit howdy adventure riding man now). I'll get my kids to toss some potting soil from the garden on the wheels & then post some pics when I'm done bolting it all on.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:38 PM   #945
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Bought my '07 last fall with 21,000 kms. Hit 24,000 kms yesterday and thought I would change the oil. Holy Sh*!. The rear two nuts on the sump guard weren't there; one of the screws holding the front mounts on the sump guard was improperly installed; and the crash protector bolts had virtually seized. Conclusion: oil not changed for a long time. Evidence: when I finally drained the oil, it was black sludge!

A trip to the local fastener supply store sourced stainless steel replacement nuts and bolts. A little waterproof grease on all the threads, and ... Voila! Properly installed sump guard and crash bars. Now there's no reason to fear changing the oil.

Sump full of new oil and a happy engine. Just for the Hell of it, I think I'll change the oil again in 1,000 kms, or so!

Tomorrow ... the Transmission!
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