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Old 08-15-2008, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Washing your Road King Classic

I assume everyone removes their bags before they wash the bike. Tell me what products you use to wash the Bike, Bags and polish the chome.

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Old 08-15-2008, 07:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Bags: Damp rag, and every so often some leather conditioner.

Bike: If I'm lazy, S100 all over...if I'm feeling frisky I'll use a soap and bucket w/ Armor All car wash, and Bleach White and Magic Eraser on the tires, Simple Green on the wheels.

Chrome: In between washes I use Honda Spray Polish on the paint/chrome, and to polish the chrome (remove water spots, tar, rubber, etc.) I use 0000 steel wool.

For waxing I use Meguiar's Show Car Glaze followed by their yellow carnuaba wax.
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Old 08-15-2008, 08:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I ride my police bike in the rain to wash it off (mostly)

I do wash and wax occasionally

I use different kinds of soap and good wax

The bike is dirty at this moment....fug it
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Old 08-15-2008, 08:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Go to motorcycle care products, some good info there.
Use clean microfibrer with car or bike soap (no dish soap). Use another bucket to rinse your rag/towel. For a quicky when bike doesn't need much washing, S100 works nice. I try and wash and wax in straight lines with contour of body part.
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Old 08-16-2008, 12:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Put bike on motorcycle jack, (sears red one around $80)
Wash with McGuires car wash (cleans and doesn't remove the wax)
Dry with leaf blower (like in the car wash)
Detail with microfiber cloth
Eagle One never dull for chrome (wheels are so much easier to do using the jack)
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Old 08-16-2008, 12:25 AM   #6 (permalink)
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S100 polishing soap

is the best stuff I've ever uses on metal. Wash all the metal with it and all the paint with car wash soap.

I have a Master Blaster for drying.

I also use Nano Wax spray between washes and to make bugs come off easily.

Believe me about the S100. the stuff is amazing. There is a Youtube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3Iw631UsbI

Check it out.
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Old 08-16-2008, 12:58 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I take my bags off my classic when I wash it. Use Costco Kirkland car wash soap and their yellow washing towels to dry with. I use Westley's and Mr. Clean Magic Erasers for the white walls.
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Old 08-16-2008, 06:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I use a wax/wash soap combo, with calgon or super washing soda in the water. Sometimes I use just plain warm water to wash my bike. Lots of hand drying, mothers gold wax on everything and between washes original windex on chrome. keepem sharp
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Old 08-16-2008, 08:20 AM   #9 (permalink)
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-Bags off
-Up on the jack
-Light spray from garden hose, no high pressure, stay away from speedo, guages,etc
-Cheap car-wash soap
-Misc brushes, etc
-Dry with compressed air, rubber tipped blow pipe, & micro fiber towel
-Finish with Moose Wax hand glaze

I don't get too anal about it, do this maybe a couple of times a season. Use McGuires Qwik Detailer, Windex, NeverDull, etc, in between proper 'up-on-the jack' cleaning. Way more fun to ride than clean, IMO, but I do like to ride a respectably clean bike when I can.
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While I understand that Dawn dishwashing soap removes wax,.... it also removes the dirt and grime better than anything else I have tried. LOL And guess what? It ain't all that hard to throw a lil more wax on there after washing. I am not convinced that ALL the old wax is gone anyway. I tried many of the "car wash" formulas with little luck.

Using a soap that don't clean good was just too frustrating for me. Uck that! LOL
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Old 08-16-2008, 09:15 AM   #11 (permalink)
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S-100 wash and then a little S-100 in a bucket for hand wash
electric leaf blower to dry the bike, wipe wet spots (micro fiber towels)
use some Meguiars detail mist when towel drying, it bring back the wax.
bags we're off so now clean them with a leather vinyl cleaner I get at the auto parts store
then put protect all on the seat and bags. http://www.protectall.com/ I get it at Walmart in the RV area
I use to take the seat off on my Heritage and cover the electric components with a plastic garbage bag, be certain to keep everything thing there from getting wet.
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Old 08-16-2008, 12:20 PM   #12 (permalink)
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My buddy's just blast them off at the car wash with the rest of the bike and let them blow dry in the wind.
You get more ride time that way. Iam not kiddin, and their bags look great.
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Old 08-16-2008, 05:28 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Bags and seat off in the shade.

Washing goes like this:

MR. Clean wash and spot free rinse.
Westley's on the walls.
Leaf blower dry.
Turtle Wax Platinum Series Ultra Gloss wax.
Chrome polish.
The Harley leather dressing that came in the bags for seat and bags.

For all the other cleanings (I only wash about twice a season), its spray polish. Works great and it's fast.
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Old 08-16-2008, 05:53 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Ivory dish soap. Sheepskin wash mitt. Meguir's wax. HD Chrome Polish. 4 Harleys and 95K total miles with great results.
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Old 08-16-2008, 06:24 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I have tried many methods and products, but these have proven themselves, and the bike always looks better than new!

Washing:
1. Take bags off or spray while on and wash first using Lexol Leather Cleaner (available at major autoparts stores)
2. Wipe bags dry and let air dry.
3. When dry, apply Lexol Leather conditioner and let dry overnight without buffing if necessary. (leaves a nice non-greasy shine.)
4. While bags are drying, I usually spray bike to rinse off dirt, etc, and apply S100 cycle cleaner and clean in sections, i.e. front, middle, rear. *Sometimes I use Harley sunwash instead.
5. Last, I clean the wheels and whitewalls with Menzerna tire cleaning gel (ph balanced and easy on tires). White walls sparkle!
6. For any tough stains on chrome use S100 metal polish soap...amazing!

Drying:
1. I was given the Air Force Motorcycle dryer as a gift so that's what I dry the bike with...excellent results.

Waxing/Polishing:
1. Harley Glaze or S100 cleaner and S100 carnuba polish on paint.
2. S100 Metal polish soap or Harley glaze on chrome. Protectall is great as well!
3. Novex or Meguiar's plastic cleaner on the windshield

* Using a hydraulic scissor jack will make cleaning a lot easier.
* Mr. Clean system is supposed to make waterspots a thing of the past...will try next time I wash.

Additional info: http://www.hawg-wash.com

Hope this helps!
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