There are two very good reasons why motorcycle cleaning should be a priority for all bike owners: not only does regular maintenance ensure that the motorcycle or moped continues to run smoothly and reduces the risk of damage, but it also keeps the bike looking its best. Motorcycle cleaning does take a bit of time and effort, but you can really cut down the amount of time it takes by doing small amounts of cleaning on a regular basis, as part of your normal cleaning schedule. It’s much easier than tackling months worth of caked-on dirt and grime all in one go.
What Motorcycle Cleaner Should I Use?
It’s so tempting to simply get the pressure washer out and blast all the dirt and dust off your motorcycle, or to mix up some washing-up liquid with warm water and give a quick sponge down, but neither of these actually make for a very good motorcycle cleaner. Pressure washers are too powerful to deal with the delicate parts of the bike, especially areas such as the radiators and coolers, chains, and wheel bearings. Dishwashing soap, or regular laundry detergent, often contain salts that can damage the paintwork and contribute to corrosion of the metal frame. It’s always best to use a dedicated motorcycle cleaner that can be purchased from any automotive store.
You’ll also want a good degreaser to act as a motorcycle chain cleaner. A good quality degreaser can be used to get rid of build-ups and oily residues on chains, allowing them to move more freely without getting caught on dirt and grime. After degreasing chains, use a lubricant to re-oil them, so they can continue to move smoothly.