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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-20-2018, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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After spending a few days looking at the new bike I see that it needs to be cleaned really well. I've done some searches on here but a lot of them were older so I was looking for some advice. Back story is my new to me bike is a 2000 F4 that was ridden for only 500 miles total over the past 10 years. The guy didn't have it covered so it has kind of a grimy feel to it with dust and the engine and wheels need a good scrubbing. After reading lots of advice of not hitting it with a hose I'm trying to find a way to get it respectable looking again.

Was thinking of maybe a diluted spray bottle of simple green around the engine and wheels to get them looking better. For the body I'm debating taking off the plastics and using a good wash with a hose. As far as the plastic controls anyone have a go to that might get them looking a bit newer? The black plastic just looks a bit faded.

Thanks in advance for any feedback/help on getting my bike thing shiny again
If this is in the wrong place I'm sorry I just figured getting a bike cleaned up is probably something for maintenance.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-20-2018, 04:49 PM
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I've hosed down every F4 I've owned and have been caught in a few downpours, but have never used pressurized air to dry. I'm led to believe this is where problems can arise.
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????????????? Always use compressed air to dry mine after thorough washes. What's supposed to be the problem as I've never had any?

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A clean leaf blower would work well enough
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@gotfolks: Just where does one find "clean leaves"?
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@gotfolks: Just where does one find "clean leaves"?
Not here in Fl.. lol

I scored a brand new leaf blower a while back at a yard sale still in the box, instead of letting it get dirty by sitting in the garage and collecting dust I say screw the leaves and just use it to dry off the bikes and cars when I am done washing them. Afterwards back in the box it goes, still looks bran new lol
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I use simple green on the greasy places on the bike and do not let is set on painted areas. Greasy areas can have a bit more time. I think all solvents will take off the clear coat over time. I do not ride my MV in the rain, unless I get caught, and only wash my MV about three times a year. I do clean the wheels with a nice white wet towel. It works for me.

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I use simple green on the greasy places on the bike and do not let is set on painted areas. Greasy areas can have a bit more time. I think all solvents will take off the clear coat over time. I do not ride my MV in the rain, unless I get caught, and only wash my MV about three times a year. I do clean the wheels with a nice white wet towel. It works for me.
Thanks Terry. Yea I don't plan to ride in the rain, not that it ever rains here in CO.

Sounds like most people just use a low pressure hose to clean their bikes then? Doing a search it seemed everyone in the past was scared to death of using a hose and having all sorts of electrical issues.

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I second, third, etc, etc, everything that has been said about washing the motor. As a detailer, I would suggest using a clay bar for your fairings. If it can take off railway dust from a brand new black SRT8 Charger without leaving any scratches, you'll be good. The choice for soap and such is up to you.
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Once its clean you can do what people are suggesting with a hose and soap gently on just the fairings and staying away from bearings and electrical stuff.

But getting your bike from what it is to looking clean will take commitment and control. Don't force water anywhere. Don't force soapy water anywhere either! In the long run you'll have problems with grease and lubrication if you do. You'll also have problems possibly with residue.

The bike isn't fragile... but it does take knowledge to keep it happy.
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