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Sometimes you have to clean your horse...   General Discussion

Started Oct-3 by JMK1100 (JMK1000); 405 views.
JMK1100 (JMK1000)

From: JMK1100 (JMK1000)


Hi Guys,

I am a relatively new V-Star 1100 Classic owner.  3 months and counting...  800 miles and counting...

I keep my bike on the street, under a tarp.  I ride as often as I can, mostly city traffic, but sometimes out on the road...

So, after 3 months of riding my bike has accumulated quite a cover of dust and, sometimes an oily residue...  I think I overfilled the oil last time, so my pipes are covered with spots of oil.  Not too much, but I smell the oil, ant it looks bad.  

What is the best to clean the engine?  What do you use to clean the chrome, engine, paint surfaces, so it's good for preserving the seals, etc.  I do not care about looking 'salon-new', but I do not want to look 'pig-sty-sloppy'.  
I do not have the garage, so how do you clean your ride on the street?  Any advice as for the kind of cleaner, procedure...

Sick Mick* (quick_mick)

I've always just used good car wash soap.


From: Texpatriat


For a quick wipe down on paint and chrome I use foaming glass cleaner. If you can still find a coin op car wash you can use it to blast the greasy stuff off the bottom. Just be careful where you get the high pressure spray. Avoid wheel bearings, brake parts, etc.


From: FranXVS1100


If you can locate this stuff it's just a wipe on wipe off. It will shine the paint, Chrome, Aluminum, Glass. It dries almost as soon as you wipe it on. Then just shine it up with a microfiber cloth. $30 for the small bottle is a crap price, we give about €50 for a gallon and there is normally a deal of something going for free. Shake the thing to death then use sparingly. 



JMK1100 (JMK1000)

From: JMK1100 (JMK1000)


Thanks.  It sounds like a very efficient cleaner/shiner.  I am more concerned about the engine/exhaust cleaner, and degreaser.  So, the other recommendation like s-100 cleaner (suggested on different forum) is more on the target.  I guess I need a bit more research.