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Never attempt to clean a hot engine let it cool down first.

Work from the top down. chrome, paint, engine, then wheels.

High pressure hoses should be set to low spray not jet as the force from some can get water in your bearings and damage exposed gaskets. I use mine to put a fine mist of foam on the bike. It is important to rinse off grit not rub it off. The foam will help remove the dirt and grit gently of the bike.

I use micro fibre cloths not dusters (they're made of a type of nylon fibre and don't scratch) on the paint work and chrome tha lift off grease marks, once the bike is clean. For stubborn grease marks a little windolene on the cloth. I use different coloured cloths for different tasks.

For stock alloy wheels, not chrome, once cleaned I use a thin film of copper grease. Makes it easier to clean next time round. I've heard some people on this forum use light oil cooking spray on their real wheels.

Removing warning stickers I use a hair dryer and peel them off, followed by WD40 to remove the sticky residue.

Once the grease marks are off I use Turtle wax in the tub (not the cream). It's takes time to polish it off but does leave a protective shell. Old fashioned approach probably. I also use the Turtle wax on polished steel and chrome. Do not use metal abrasive polishes on chrome.

There may be better alternatives and there are always better newer products coming out all the time. However, I'd highly recommend micro fibre cloths, they have a strange feel and texture to them that stands them apart from dusters.

I'm open to other proven methods from other members too.
 

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Any advice on washing , polishing fury? best product to use?
Well I'll tell you how I do it , now realize I am very anal about my bike. I don't want any swirl marks or anything. So I start by rinsing bike off with a semi high pressure hose to get off loose dirt. Then I wash with a micro-fiber wash rag. Top to bottom. Then I use my leaf blower to dry bike. After all dry I wax complete bike with a non abrasive wax pad. Wipe off with micro-fiber towel and 5000 miles and 1 year later not even a swirl mark on it!
 

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Well I'll tell you how I do it , now realize I am very anal about my bike. I don't want any swirl marks or anything. So I start by rinsing bike off with a semi high pressure hose to get off loose dirt. Then I wash with a micro-fiber wash rag. Top to bottom. Then I use my leaf blower to dry bike. After all dry I wax complete bike with a non abrasive wax pad. Wipe off with micro-fiber towel and 5000 miles and 1 year later not even a swirl mark on it!
That's the one thing I love about the matte....no swirl marks! :p
 

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Well I'll tell you how I do it , now realize I am very anal about my bike. I don't want any swirl marks or anything. So I start by rinsing bike off with a semi high pressure hose to get off loose dirt. Then I wash with a micro-fiber wash rag. Top to bottom. Then I use my leaf blower to dry bike. After all dry I wax complete bike with a non abrasive wax pad. Wipe off with micro-fiber towel and 5000 miles and 1 year later not even a swirl mark on it!
So, is there any part on the bike that i should be cautious about getting wet?
 

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So, is there any part on the bike that i should be cautious about getting wet?
your cone air filter (if you have one) cover it with a washcloth or towel or something while you're washing the rest of the bike and try not to spray it directly. everything else on my bike has been completely drenched either from washing or getting caught in rain. Never had any problems other than rain causing me to have to wash and polish bike again.
 

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you forgot about the water that pools up behind the speedo, if you have an air compressor blow out behind the speedo good, if not try drying it as best as you can, possibly stuff a soft rag in there and drive it really quick down the road to blow out some of the water or it blows back all over the tank and you then you gotta clean up the water marks. i use a leather shammy to dry micro fibre to wash, you dont have to worry about the bike getting wet unless you have an exposed air filter.
 

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I used a simple garden hose to wet the bike then a wash mit to clean the bike from the top down. I dry as much as I can with a chamoise then used my air compressor to dry the hard to reach spots. Then for the paint I use the same stuff for the bike that I use on my car...Mothers three step process. The metallic silver sparkles like crazy now. As for the chrome I'm still looking at my options, never had chrome before.
 

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Great points on cleaning your bike. I found a wax that I really like. It's called "ICE". You can purchase at Walmart. It is a clear liquid or now you can get a paste. What's nice is that it does not turn a wax color but stays clear. If you get a little residue around something, it is clear. Easy on / easy off / goes a long, long way.
 

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wash, blow dry (air compressor or leaf blower), ICE and ride
 

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I've heard about that ICE stuff. Is it really that good ?

I might give it a try... only because although the actual wax works it is hard work and if you try to polish it of with a damp cloth you literally have to start again...:(
You can put on the ICE, and wipe it off. Or put it on, talk to the Babes, have a few brewskies and then wipe it off and still look great.

If it 'freezes' on and is too hard for you to take off (Because you went a little too long with the Babes and Brews :eek:), just put a little more on that area and wipe it off.

I really like the stuff and it doesn't build up where you don't want it to.

1.Clean bike with 'whatever'.
2. Apply the ICE with the applicator ( A little goes a long way and a full bottle should last you at least a year)
3. Wipe off lightly with a microfiber cloth.
4. Let dry
5. Buff with a microfiber cloth.....Done

Just think how much faster you can go with all the wind resistance gone! :D
 
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