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Pressure washing thoughts please

Postby n5926g » Sat Mar 07, 2015 3:01 pm



Afternoon guys,
Just finished taking all the plastic off my 1500,This bike has soot all over it,I have cleaned all the plastic parts,and am contemplating just backing her out of the garage,investing in about 5 cans of engine cleaner,and taking my pressure washer to it.
The bike was garaged in a home that caught fire,and it is mostly black front to back.
If a pressure washer is too powerful,I can use the hose with a spray nozzle,but something has to be done...The question is...Am I asking for trouble? :o



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Re: Pressure washing thoughts please

Postby HALBUDD » Sat Mar 07, 2015 4:22 pm

Just my 2 cents I would not use engine cleaner on it do to the wire harness and connectors. And do not use a pressure washer as it will get water into places its not meant to be. I would use simple green or some other type of soap and a mist to clean off. And take a leaf blower at a good distance to dry it out. There are a lot of connections under the plastic that will cause you nothing but headaches. Like I say just my 2 cents some others may have better ideas.----------------------------Hal
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Re: Pressure washing thoughts please

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sat Mar 07, 2015 4:23 pm

If you have all the plastics off, and if you have access to a small compressor or something similar, put it n the driveway and
1. blow the soot off
2. wash it down with some washing up detergent liberally - at normal strength - as you would for washing dishes etc. no need to scrub every nook and cranny
3. hose it off lightly
4. let it dry or use compressed air
5. do it again if necessary

then if really needed do the pressure washing, but I'd even use cans of aerosol degreaser first and just hose off before doing the pressure washing.

you just need to make sure everything is dry before you try to start it - which could be a few hours in the sunshine and further compressed air around all your electrical connections. Try and avoid your air filter areas and major wire junctions/connections.

good luck

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Re: Pressure washing thoughts please

Postby n5926g » Sat Mar 07, 2015 4:28 pm

Thanks, It will likely be a couple of months before I even attempt to run it,Timing belts are on the way,and I still need to address the fuel tank rust,as well as a carb teardown,rebuild.She sat without running for about 9 years before the fire that claimed the P/O,s life.Minor heat damage,windshield is toast,as well as some bubbling of the paint on the trunk.....Just need to "de crud" her before I jump in on the mechanics...

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Re: Pressure washing thoughts please

Postby seelyark1 » Sat Mar 07, 2015 9:26 pm

I would buy several rolls of "shop towels" and hand clean all areas with mild soap and minimal water. Hard to believe how "greasy" soot can be. The tupperware will have protected a lot of the areas from a lot of it. As you go about your normal maintenence, you will be able to clean up more areas. I wouldn't be too nit picky about getting all areas squeaky clean. You may do more damage than there is now. Take your time and clean it as needed, not a wholesale wash down.
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Re: Pressure washing thoughts please

Postby Happytrails » Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:44 am

Aussie81Interstate wrote:If you have all the plastics off, and if you have access to a small compressor or something similar, put it n the driveway and
1. blow the soot off
2. wash it down with some washing up detergent liberally - at normal strength - as you would for washing dishes etc. no need to scrub every nook and cranny
3. hose it off lightly
4. let it dry or use compressed air
5. do it again if necessary

then if really needed do the pressure washing, but I'd even use cans of aerosol degreaser first and just hose off before doing the pressure washing.

you just need to make sure everything is dry before you try to start it - which could be a few hours in the sunshine and further compressed air around all your electrical connections. Try and avoid your air filter areas and major wire junctions/connections.

good luck


^^ This plan sounds good. Myself would never use a pressure washer on a bike or a car/truck engine. But thats just me.

Photo of my bike half way clean underneath. Was a work in progress back then. Wow my garage was a mess. Need to build a shed I guess.

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Re: Pressure washing thoughts please

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:13 pm

You can use your pressure washer on your bike, and it is useful in this way...many pressure washers, mine included, allow you to suck a cleaning fluid into the pump, and it will spray the cleaning fluid out along with the water.

It's also a great way to apply a relatively high volume of water in a short amount of time.

HOWEVER...and this is a big however, you cannot do it close up to the bike. Do not spray the full force of pressure from the wand less than ten feet away from the bike. You don't want to force high-pressure water into openings in the bike that are not designed to ever have water ingress.

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Re: Pressure washing thoughts please

Postby robb » Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:35 pm

I have a tip that allows air to mix with water and pressure from power washer is no more than a car wash. Get caught in the rain and my bike is going to be clean before it gets home and that means a car wash. Dash, inner fairing and seats are not washed.

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Re: Pressure washing thoughts please

Postby dingdong » Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:01 am

I could be asking for trouble however I have always cleaned my bikes at the car wash. I just never use the sprayer close up. Spray on the pre-wash then rinse off from a distance. Never close up. I have cleaned the wheels and tires close up though. After washing I take it home and "blow dry" with my leaf blower. Never had a problem. Knock! knock!
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Re: Pressure washing thoughts please

Postby minimac » Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:21 am

If using a pressure washer close up to clean your wheels, tires, etc., be aware that it may not be real good on things such as wheel bearings, speedometer thingies, brake caliper sliders. You don't want to inadvertently degrease those items with the high pressure/degreaser.

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Re: Pressure washing thoughts please

Postby Colossian » Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:21 am

Go to your local parts store (Orilieys or autozone ) get yourself some PURPLE POWER. Do not put on you painted plastic! spray on, let it set for a min or two then spray off with garden hose. Purple power works Great. Take it from me Pressure washers are not good for bikes.

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Re: Pressure washing thoughts please

Postby bugdaddy66 » Fri Apr 03, 2015 1:56 pm

I have used a pressure washer on multiple motorcycles for many years with no ill effect, but does require using some common sense. Like has been mentioned already, don't get too close to delicate parts, or seals, you will get water where you don't want it. I do pressure wash stripped down bikes I have all tore down, but I blow dry with compressed air afterwards to remove water from nooks and crannies. The best part of using a pressure washer is removing bugs from windshields without scratching the material!

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Re: Pressure washing thoughts please

Postby brentsboats » Sun Apr 05, 2015 9:55 pm

SPRAY EVERY WIRE AND WIRE PLUG WITH WD 40 FIRST ,,THEN DO AS YOU WISH ,,AFTER THE BATH SPRAY EVERYTHING AGAIN WITH WD 40 ,,WORKS LIKE MAGIC .
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Re: Pressure washing thoughts please

Postby n5926g » Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:48 am

brentsboats wrote:SPRAY EVERY WIRE AND WIRE PLUG WITH WD 40 FIRST ,,THEN DO AS YOU WISH ,,AFTER THE BATH SPRAY EVERYTHING AGAIN WITH WD 40 ,,WORKS LIKE MAGIC .


Love that WD-40!!!!!! :D

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Postby brentsboats » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:43 am

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Re: Pressure washing thoughts please

Postby seelyark1 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:07 am

The best pressure washing my wing gets is when I ride in the rain. Rinse down with a hose and soft brush to get rid of road grime. :D Inside the tupperware gets cleaned when I am doing my maintenance. Area by area. I watched a guy pressure wash his tires and blew a hole through a tire.
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Re: Pressure washing thoughts please

Postby n5926g » Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:58 pm

brentsboats wrote:i sent you a private message ,take a look ,i have seen you somewhere before



That was taken in Negril Jamaica,WE try to go there every year or two...Legends is the name of the place....about 2 hours out of MoBay :D




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