How often should you wax your bike as opposed to just a hand wash?
Lemon Pledge really? I have to try that..I used auto wax a couple times a year on my 06 black ST1300 and Lemon Pledge on everything including the windscreen almost every ride. Spray a bit on. Wipe. Wait a few minutes and wipe again. Microfible cloth is best. It looked showroom new 4 years old.
Yup, really. Do a search on the ST1300 forum and you'll find all sorts of references.Lemon Pledge really? I have to try that..
I normally use a microfiber cloth with Mothers Showtime after every ride..
Have to get the sea slime off living and riding by the beach..
Excellent post Temp with the VMAX to prove it!I use ICE shampoo with high pressure hose set to foaming only, ICE liquid wax, and micro fibre clothes. In the past I've used Turtle Wax with a damp cloth.
The ICE is very easy and quick to use. It was recommended to me in this forum. I use both ICE and Turtle Wax, not during the same wash though.
Drying... I let the engine idle for 5 minutes before waxing.
For metal polish... I try not to as there is chrome plastic (DO NOT USE METAL POLISH IT WILL STRIP THE CHROME OFF THE PLASTIC).. On the metal chrome parts I use creme metal polishes but very sparingly or metal polish with clean engine oil mixed in to thin it. The paint work finish is thanks to Turtle Wax.
The Turtle Wax gentle buffing requires some effort and can leave a white residue but it is worth it. It leaves a harder protective coating. I've attached a picture of my 1998 Yamaha VMax, which spent its first 5 years parked out in all weathers.