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Old 04-15-2011, 11:18 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Old 04-16-2011, 02:07 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Arrow a water softner?

An acquaintance who rides a dyna is also a plumber, Tim says the problem is likely "hard water". Most of us have water softners in the house but they are not plumbed into the outside hose faucets. He has replumbed his hose connections into his soft water system and eliminated the water spots on his toys. Not as cheap as a Mr. Clean unit or the others on the market, but something to consider. He will be doing a small plumbing job for me and will reroute my water softner at that time. I'll let you know how it works out. My black Harley and black car are a pain to keep the water spots off.
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:16 AM   #18 (permalink)
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My '05 blue Sporty looks like new, according to people who ride up beside me at lights.
Water filter on the faucet and wash & wax for us lazy types does the job.
To me it's just another one of my motorcycles.
"The Great Gawd Harley Davidson" was just in the movie Galaxina.

You make a valid point and I have to agree with you completely.

If I rode a '05 blue Sporty that I don't care much about, I would not spend any time and effort cleaning it either.
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:48 PM   #19 (permalink)
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my $.02

wax-Natural Carnauba, I use "Super Glaze HD" by The Wax Shop.
wash cloth- microfiber mitt
wash timeframe-avoid direct/hot sun light (not to be done while working on a tan).
secret detailer-to spotless paint and chrome-save a old windex spray bottle and rinse throughly, then fill with (store bought) distilled water. Buddy tried using his humidifier water, but it got funky). Spray bike and clean microfiber towel with distilled water and wipe down.
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:39 PM   #20 (permalink)
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An acquaintance who rides a dyna is also a plumber, Tim says the problem is likely "hard water". Most of us have water softners in the house but they are not plumbed into the outside hose faucets. He has replumbed his hose connections into his soft water system and eliminated the water spots on his toys. Not as cheap as a Mr. Clean unit or the others on the market, but something to consider. He will be doing a small plumbing job for me and will reroute my water softner at that time. I'll let you know how it works out. My black Harley and black car are a pain to keep the water spots off.
My concern with that is that the ion replacement water softeners put salt into your water. They are often set up with non-softened water at the kitchen sink so that you aren't drinking the salt.
It probably isn't good for your grass and I would be concerned about the corrosive effects on the bike.

I did some research lately looking at the electric "salt free water softeners". I wish that they worked, but it sounds like they really don't.

I think a filter is probably the best way to go if you live in a hard water area of the country.
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Old 05-04-2011, 04:25 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Mr Clean kit works great but is no longer available anywhere near me. The website doesn't even show it so I assume they stopped making it...gotta hit ebay or Amazon.
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:38 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Mr Clean kit works great but is no longer available anywhere near me. The website doesn't even show it so I assume they stopped making it...gotta hit ebay or Amazon.
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I started aa topic thread on this (clicky) just last year. Apparently, the supplies are still available online @ Sears.com.
I ran across a scad of filters on sale at a Kroger in Houston last fall and brought home 10 of them. Got lucky I guess.
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:02 AM   #23 (permalink)
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My concern with that is that the ion replacement water softeners put salt into your water. They are often set up with non-softened water at the kitchen sink so that you aren't drinking the salt.
It probably isn't good for your grass and I would be concerned about the corrosive effects on the bike.

I did some research lately looking at the electric "salt free water softeners". I wish that they worked, but it sounds like they really don't.

I think a filter is probably the best way to go if you live in a hard water area of the country.
Got a recommend on wash water from my PUR water filter?

I still towel dry after a wash, but believe the filtered water reduces hard water deposits.
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:17 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Got a recommend on wash water from my PUR water filter?

I still towel dry after a wash, but believe the filtered water reduces hard water deposits.
I have no idea about that brand filter, but it would be easy to do a little experiment to see.

Try taking 2 clean glass dishes. A glass or saucer would be fine.
Put 1/2 teaspoon of water in each, one filtered and one unfiltered. Let them dry and look at the dishes to see how much residue is left in each. Your answer will be obvious.
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Old 06-11-2011, 12:35 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I detail bikes for a living, don't ask me why its a pain in the a##. I use Cycle care formula. They only make products for motorcycles. They have different products for every part of your bike, the stuff is un believable.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:44 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I expect your problem is the dish detergent it is bad on automotive paint. I buy what is on sale or the cheapest automotive soap I can find usually Turtle Wax products. I have no problems. And I follow the same proceedures that you do
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:05 AM   #27 (permalink)
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You make a valid point and I have to agree with you completely.

If I rode a '05 blue Sporty that I don't care much about, I would not spend any time and effort cleaning it either.
We should agree to disagree.
My 05 Sporty gets more baths than I do.
Just used Kit carnauba
wash&wax with filtered tap water yet again
& it still looks brand new.

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Old 10-06-2011, 11:01 AM   #28 (permalink)
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We have very hard water. In addition to using the Mr. Clean setup (apparently out of production now), I hook my hose to my water softener hose bib rather than an outside hose bib. Makes a lot of difference.
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:10 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Dump the dish detergent ole' buddy. Get a carwash soap and try it. Presto!!, spotting is gone.
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:58 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I used to use dish wash soap, but someone told me it removes the wax from the paint. I have used car wash products ever since. I have no proof, but didn't see any reason to test the issue at my expense. I don't get any spotting, but we have good water here.
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