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Cleaning your baby (bike)

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by Saz, Nov 16, 2004.

  1. So i was bored, nearest 'good' road is over 30 min and couldn't be bothered so i washed the baby (my gs500)

    My point is i have gick (oil) on the left - clutch side - engine casing, just above the gear shift. So decided to clean it up

    Q. How neurotic are you about cleaning your baby? :?:
    AND Should you treat it like a machine...VROOM!
    OR a handbag ("how pretty) :?:

    And if you know should i have this gick prob, it's only on that side and after i clean it, it drips just above the gear shift :( and makes it gicky!
    service blokes have never said anything

    ON the good :D side, it looks much prettier - hehehe pretty!!!!
  2. Mine gets washed when it rains, or when it's filthy if it's summer and not going to rain for a while. It's definantly a machine :)
  3. Mine's a much loved machine! It gets a wash if someone gives me a REALLY hard time about how dirty it is. My general philosophy is....if its sunny or a nice day, the bike needs to be ridden. I can't see the point in spending ages getting it clean, only to get it dirty again when you go out for a ride shortly afterwards.

    I do give it a wash occassionally, but it always rains afterwards, so I figure its bad karma.

    Anyway, you boys are there to look after our bikes! I think I was spoilt for a while...I never washed the Duke til I moved back home! That was almost a year after I bought it and it was washed a MINIMUM of once a week!

    :D :D :D
  4. Mine gets washed once a week . Even use the old toothbrush on the hard to get places . Am i wierd , i dont think so but Rhonda thinks i have a problem .
  5. Heya,

    I always try to keep my stted clean..People are always commenting how clean and shiny he looks :twisted:

    Lisa :twisted:
  6. Prolly best GSX1400 Mike and myself stay outta this one there ain't enough bandwidth for both of us to answer....both OCD :LOL:
  7. If you want to maintain the resale value for your bike, I would suggest keeping it reasonably clean.
    The combination of Dirt and Sun will cause your paint job to deteriorate faster.
    An occasional polish is a damn good idea.

    On a side note,
    have you ever noticed that people tend to treat their partners similar to the way they treat their vehicles? :?: :-k
  8. water restrictions is my excuse :LOL:
    I do the chain regulary but the rest when i cant see the color :oops:
  9. I think I may take offense to that one....I guess it all depends on how you define treating a partner.

    I'm RIDING my bike all the time....I don't know too many guys who would complain about that! :p

    On a side note, though, I'm still single!!!!!

    :D :D :D
  10. Yeah right!

    I BLOODY WISH! (Can i say bloody? :?: )
  11. You just did :LOL: ......oops!
  12. I second everything that Lil said :LOL:
  13. I'll try what carver said but i doubt Rhonda will be happy if i try to give HER an oil and lube.
  14. I clean Betty (yeah ive named her too :p) try for at least once a fortnight, unless the weather is looking completely shody then ill wait until it fines up a bit, nothing worse than giving her a good wash N polish (yes toothbrush and degreaser comes out when i clean the rear wheel its always looking filthy) only too have her get road grime all thwe way up the fairings.
  15. I refuse to perpetuate the vicious cleaning cycle. Dirty, clean it , repeat!!!

    But sometime it must be cleaned, I probaby should clean my chain at the moment. And the rest of the bike could do with a bit of a clean but as the ads say "I'm a water saver!!"
  16. I'll be upgrading in the next 3-4 months, sounds like a really good clean is coming up.. I may even be able to justify a new power tool for the job. You just can't have enough tools...
  17. Speaking of cleaning, I have just grabbed a new polish from Meguirs, brought the paint up a treat on my Duke.
  18. Hmm... I hit mine with a hose before I stacked it.

    Other than that.. nup never cleaned it!

    I just swerve to miss the dirt, petty I don't swerve to miss oncoming vehicles (or something)
  19. Hmmmmm, does cleaning the bike make it go faster? no so it doesn't get cleaned by me.

    although i just had it serviced by mike (GSX14) as he has started his own service/repair/tune business by the name of OCD:LOL: and it came back looking cleaner than when it rolled out of the showroom brand new.
  20. What's wrong with massage oil and KY jelly lube?? :LOL: :LOL: