If you have washed a four-wheeler yourself, you would understand that all that’s got to be done to get it shiny is clean your body and the glass. However, when it comes to two-wheelers, cleaning is a more intricate process. To add to that, some bikes also have the engine, gearbox and chain on display, all of which require correct cleaning.
One of the most basic but commonly forgotten measures is finding the proper place to clean your two-wheeler. Search for a tiled or shut surface to begin with, avoid soil or else you will end up giving your two-wheeler and yourself a mud bath. Another important tip is to have good drainage or else you will end up splashing the dirty water out of the ground back on to your two-wheeler.
Receive a pack of microfiber towels or regular clean soft fabrics. Have at least four to be on the safe side, two to get the engine, wheels and other mechanicals components when wet/dry, and two for the tank and other bodywork when wet/dry. This is done to avoid swirl marks and scratches on the bodywork. Having additional rags available would also come in handy to wash fatty elements like the forks, underside of the engine along with the chain cover.
3. Don’t make it rain
The feeling of having the power of the gods does not mean that you have to bring down a rainstorm in your own two-wheeler. If you do have a pressurised washer, then adjust it to a lower setting before you begin spraying. Fix to the lowest setting for these regions and completely avoid pressure washing on an older motorcycle — a moist cloth should do the job just fine in this situation.
4. Keep the Fuel in the tank
Avoid using detergents intended for utensils on your two-wheeler. These products have chemicals that can damage the paint. Gas like diesel is utilized on a huge scale to wash two-wheelers in India, even though it does a quick job at cleaning up your bike, it damages the paint indefinitely. Stick to automotive shampoos at any cost.
5. The Whole job
If you are looking for a proper clean, the key is in the details and there are no 2 ways about it. Every single corner on your two-wheeler has to be cleaned completely. Areas between the engine and the fuel system may be difficult to achieve but a simple toothbrush could work wonders. Cleaning every spoke in an older motorcycle may seem tedious but will prove to be extremely rewarding.
6. Bone dry
When drying your motorcycle, be sure to use a sterile cloth and start with the bodywork and then proceed to the remaining bits. As we said earlier, best to get a separate fabric for the bodywork and the mechanicals. Since most of us don’t have access to pressured-air, it is best to take a quick spin on a clean road so that air can dry out the aforementioned corners and creases. A neat final touch will be applying a thin layer of Vaseline on chrome parts to protect them, especially if you live near the sea or even ride in the monsoon.