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bike cleaning stuff?

Postby flash1942 » Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:33 am



Has any one used the bike cleaning solutions like S-100, etc? Any luck in using Simple Green? What do you use?



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Re: bike cleaning stuff?

Postby NVSB4 » Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:29 am

I try not to use any "cleaning solutions" on my bike, I usually use just dish soap.
For things like bug guts, I use hot water and let the towel set on the spot for a little while to soften it up, then it wipes away easier. Especially if you wax the bike periodically.
Same goes for the windshield.
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Re: bike cleaning stuff?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:51 am

I use pretty much exclusively Pro Honda Spray Cleaner & Polish.

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It's so good that many auto detailing shops use it. You can use it on everything - wheels, engine, windshield, whatever. Spray it on, let it sit for a minute (maybe two if you're dissolving bugs), then wipe it off. You're done!

I keep a can of it and a couple small cotton towels in my saddlebag, for quick cleaning on the road - primarily the windshield.

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Re: bike cleaning stuff?

Postby crock4 » Tue Dec 15, 2015 12:23 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I use pretty much exclusively Pro Honda Spray Cleaner & Polish.

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It's so good that many auto detailing shops use it. You can use it on everything - wheels, engine, windshield, whatever. Spray it on, let it sit for a minute (maybe two if you're dissolving bugs), then wipe it off. You're done!

I keep a can of it and a couple small cotton towels in my saddlebag, for quick cleaning on the road - primarily the windshield.


+1 Been using it for years. Great stuff.

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Re: bike cleaning stuff?

Postby bntyhntr6975 » Tue Dec 15, 2015 12:32 pm

Pledge multi surface on most everything, Plexus on the windshield. Although, the bikes are seldom very clean for very long.

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Re: bike cleaning stuff?

Postby themainviking » Tue Dec 15, 2015 1:14 pm

I have used S100 for many years, on all my bikes, including my Goldwing. I find it does what I want it to do. That greasy residue from tires on asphalt come right off and all I do is dry the bike after hosing it off. Bug guts take a swipe with a wet cloth prior to the rinse with the hose, and it all comes off. Leaves everything nice and clean as long as I wipe it - otherwise I get streaks. Simple Purple (similar probably to Simple Green) at its full concentrated form is too strong, so I dilute it about half and half and it works the same as S100. To polish the bike, either lemon or unscented Pledge. I only wash my bike once or at the outside twice per year. I remove bugs more often with what I call "a lick and a promise". I have these cloths in ziplocks that I got at a WingDing one year. I wet them, and put them in the ziplock bag and when I need one, it is already predampened. They work great. Wipe the bugs off, rinse, leave damp and return to the ziplock.
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Re: bike cleaning stuff?

Postby Happytrails » Tue Dec 15, 2015 2:55 pm

Using a rinseless wash. Same stuff I use on the truck. 1 bucket pretty warm water. Spray bottle with rinseless wash to presoak a little at the grimey spots. Wash with favorite washing thingy (I use a wookie paw) and dry. Use a sealant wax with a very mild polish. The car detailers recommended it for metalflake paint and my paint has this very fine metalflake. Dont ask me how it works because I dont understand but it makes metalflake paint pop. Buff bike with clean decent microfibers. Full detail once in spring when temps are warm enough and once again in the fall before cool weather. In between use a quick detailer with microfibers. Use a Meguires leather treatment on seat. Pledge on windshield. Mothers on chrome. A full detail might take 60-90 minutes and an in between cleaning maybe 30 minutes. The more regularly you do it the easier it gets and the results get better with each detail. I'd rather be riding than cleaning too :D



I like the wipes. It doesnt take much to do a bike and it doesn't make the seat slippy at all. They have another for plastics. Both from Wallyworld pretty darn cheap.


When I first got my wing it was very grimey, looked like it was rarely washed and needed a lot of tlc.
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Re: bike cleaning stuff?

Postby c5cruiser » Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:19 pm

I use car wash solution and warm water. It helps keep the wax on. I wax and polish it every 3rd or 4th wash. Glass cleaner on the mirrors and plexiglass cleaner on the wind screen.

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Re: bike cleaning stuff?

Postby flogger » Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:40 pm

Re: Pro Honda Spray Cleaner & Polish...I second that, exclusively used here too... I moved into a rural home 25 years ago and the well water is full of minerals, rust, etc ...plus the water softeners all around here are all salt based softeners... I stopped using soap and water at home after going country! When this came out, it was a life saver... I always have it on hand buying it cheaper online in quantities. Use it on both of my bikes...
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Re: bike cleaning stuff?

Postby mterrac » Wed Dec 16, 2015 5:24 am

I also like the Pro Honda Spray Cleaner and Polish. Been using it for several years now, both on the bike and on the car. In Florida the love bugs come out twice each year, sticking to the front of everything that moves on the road (almost sounds like it's raining sometimes so many of them hit the windshield). Thankfully they're only around for about 3 weeks as they're a real mess. The Honda polish gets the bugs off and leaves a fine coat of wax behind. Also makes the chrome look brand new. One can goes a long way, does the bike several times. Great stuff!

I'm interested in trying some on the windshield now that I see other riders using it. I've only used the Honda polish on the paint and on the chrome.

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Re: bike cleaning stuff?

Postby doubled » Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:36 pm

S100 is awesome for all metal and engine parts; careful not to leave it on though, it will leave a mark :o
I use regular car wash stuff for the rest. Based on the other posts it looks like I need to try the Pro Honda Spray stuff...
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Re: bike cleaning stuff?

Postby Wytbuflo » Fri Jan 01, 2016 9:26 am

+1 for S100! Follow the instructions and after the good rinse I use my leaf blower to dry my bike.

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Re: bike cleaning stuff?

Postby Flwoolybugger » Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:05 pm

Dryer sheets (like Bounce) work great to remove bugs. I learned it from a professional car-wash and have used them since. Get it wet and wipe a bit and they're gone.

Pig Spit helps to renew aged looking plastic. If it's really worn out then you may need to spray it and let it sit for a while. Vaseline works as well.

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Re: bike cleaning stuff?

Postby captaindan » Sun Jan 03, 2016 11:18 pm

Definitely the Pro Honda for cleaning. I am still hooked on Plexus for the windshield though. S100 for the tight areas especially on older bikes not covered with plastic. But not very often. Not having to rinse and dry is a huge time saver. That's why I like the Honda product. Spray on, wipe, and then if you chose, a quick polish with a clean microfiber cloth.

On a separate note, look into Norwex cleaning cloths....my wife owns her own home cleaning business and uses these exclusively. She uses these to clean everything including her car which is usually spotless. (We're rural folks) Has one wet to clean and one dry to follow up. No cleaners, chemicals, polishes or soaps. She swears by these and has recommended them to others. They too, swear by them. Of course I'm a creature of habit and haven't bought a set for my bike, but it could be in my future.

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Re: bike cleaning stuff?

Postby hondageorge » Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:59 am

Another vote for Pro Honda Cleaning polish. I don't give a hoot about what brand it is, I'll clean my Goldwing with anything that works.
Have used plenty of others and all seem to clean well, but I never complain about wishing my bike was more shiny or easier cleaned when using Pro Honda. Like the others who use it, spray it on and wipe it clean with a great shine with mimimal effort. Bought my first can years ago, and am always going online to order a couple more when I run out. I talked to a couple people who said the Yamaha cleaner was even better, but I haven't tried it as of now. There is no substitute for a good detailing once in a while, but I'd rather ride, and this spray with a quick wipe does the trick for a complete, clean all over- bike ride with pleasing results for cheap.

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Re: bike cleaning stuff?

Postby duesi06 » Sun Jan 10, 2016 2:12 am

Hello, i am from Austria. Ihave readed good things abour Honda Clean and Polish. In Austria (and the rest of Europa) it is not avaliable : So i ordered it bey Cyclemax.
But i was told, that it is not allowed to send it from USA to Europe.
Do anyone knowwy ?
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Re: bike cleaning stuff?

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jan 10, 2016 2:40 pm

duesi06 wrote:Hello, i am from Austria. Ihave readed good things abour Honda Clean and Polish. In Austria (and the rest of Europa) it is not avaliable : So i ordered it bey Cyclemax.
But i was told, that it is not allowed to send it from USA to Europe.
Do anyone knowwy ?
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Probably because it is an aerosol, and it can't be shipped by air? Just a guess.




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