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Post by Zavy » Fri May 02, 2014 12:36 pm

what is the word about washing the GL1800 in a car wash. I just acquired mine and triked it with a Roadsmith 2014 Trike kit. Has anyone experienced any issues doing this???
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Post by HALBUDD » Fri May 02, 2014 1:55 pm

Dont do it!! There have been other members that have tried doing this, with bad out comes.Water will be forced in places it does not belong ie,radio,gauges,clock, and gps.I would suggest hand washing only and use a lite mist to rinse it off. Just my 2 cents.
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Post by tfdeputydawg » Fri May 02, 2014 4:52 pm

I have used a car wash for years with no ill affects!
Having said that, No direct high pressure spray on electronics buttons! Use the "no spot rinse" in those areas. Blow dry w/leaf blower.

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Post by themainviking » Fri May 02, 2014 8:12 pm

Washing and rinsing shouldn't be a problem if you pull back from the bike with the wand. This would give a mist rather than a high pressure stream. I have done it with other bikes, but not yet with this GL1800, but if I was not at home and wanted it clean, it is what I would do.
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Post by GRAPEAPE94 » Sat May 03, 2014 2:52 pm

I do it with my '06 and have had no problems. I just make sure that there is no hard direct spray directed at the speakers or any of the electronics.

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Post by dingdong » Sun May 04, 2014 7:08 am

Me too on the car wash. If you stand back (when washing critical areas) there isn't much difference than hand washing or riding in the rain. There are places on bikes that can't be washed by hand. Especially good for cleaning wheels. But I am anal about keeping my bikes clean.

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Post by redial » Mon May 05, 2014 1:39 am

With the high pressure stream at those car washes, I could watch the paint change from white to the black undercoat, on my car. I avoid using them, but just be careful with the paintwork and electrics when using the wands.

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