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lamasue
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cleaning

Postby lamasue » Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:17 pm



I took my saddle bags off to get my bike in basement it's very dusty dirty on everything behind bags on bike what would be best way to clean this



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Dusty Boots
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Re: cleaning

Postby Dusty Boots » Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:03 pm

Warm soapy water, then when dried, a coat of Lemon Pledge buffed out.

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Re: cleaning

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:33 pm

I use Pro Honda Spray Cleaner for this. Spray it on, let it sit for a minute, wipe it off with a towel, and it's perfectly clean. The stuff works amazingly well, and I use it on my windshield even (with a clean towel).

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lamasue
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Re: cleaning

Postby lamasue » Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:59 pm

not the bags the stuff on the bike like wiring ,airpump all that stuff it's covered in dirt from just riding the bike

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Re: cleaning

Postby Fiberthree » Sat Oct 31, 2015 12:12 pm

If you have an air compressor, blow off all the loose stuff and then just wipe off the rest with rags. As ADMIN said, the Pro Honda Cleaner works very well on all surfaces and can be used on the entire bike.
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Re: cleaning

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:56 am

Power washer........................
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

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Re: cleaning

Postby Dusty Boots » Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:06 am

RBGERSON wrote:Power washer........................



I wouldn't use a power washer as that'll play havoc with the electrical connectors, etc!
Maybe a garden hose for the tough stuff and then use a soapy wash mitt, followed by a rinse from the garden hose

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Re: cleaning

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Nov 01, 2015 12:34 pm

RBGERSON wrote:Power washer........................


You shouldn't really use a power washer on a bike. It's very easy to force water into things that never intended to have water in them - and on a Goldwing, that includes many, many electrical connections that are just ripe for corrosion to occur and nightmare, never-ending electrical problems to emerge as a result.

It can also force water past seals and into lubricated parts that will fail once the lubrication is removed, or corrosion (thanks to the water intrusion) begins.

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Re: cleaning

Postby Mh434 » Sun Nov 01, 2015 1:24 pm

I can second the caution on pressure washing. Where I used to work, we had a fleet of motorcycles (HD and BMW), and we were provided access to the city's public works vehicle pressure washer for cleaning purposes. In short order, we had several failures (some catastrophic), including bearings, electrical issues, corrosion of parts that have never been known to corrode, etc. Cleaner & water had been forced past fork seals, wheel bearing seals, and into electrical components. It was a VERY expensive lesson.

I've tried the Honda spray cleaner, and it does, indeed, work great.

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Re: cleaning

Postby spiralout » Sun Nov 01, 2015 2:21 pm

Mh434 wrote:
I've tried the Honda spray cleaner, and it does, indeed, work great.

Yup, I even use it to clean some of my guitars. And it smells good, too ;)

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Re: cleaning

Postby Mh434 » Sun Nov 01, 2015 2:25 pm

Unfortunately, in my part of the world, it is rather pricey...

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Re: cleaning

Postby GillesGLW » Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:06 am

Here in Switzerland I use the Motorex MotoClean which is an excellent product.

You spray it, then rinse it and it's done. Or you can alternatively use the quick cleaner which will avoid the rinsing step.
For greasy stuff on the bike, I often start with a break cleaner, and once the surface cleaned, I usually put some MotoProtect, from Motorex, of course!

Did I mention that Motorex was a swiss brand? :D :D :D :D

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Re: cleaning

Postby H20loo » Sun Nov 22, 2015 1:48 pm

Dielectric grease in all connections and then spray9 or whatever is handy.
Very curious as to what size door way you got the wing through




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