Bike Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

by Deepak on September 25, 2008

Be it your new Lord of the Streets or your cute budget bike, they are such loyal buddies taking the lazy you to office, to grocer, carrying you and your monthly grocery through the crowded streets to home, after you’ve had enough of the rest-of-the-world experience. Don’t you think we need to pay back our 4-stroke bike at least giving it a once-in-a-while cleaning at house? So said, I would like you to read through the following lines.

You got all those bike accessories as because you liked the way they changed the look of your bike; whether it is the shiny chrome, or the dual tone graphics on it, or even extra beautiful paint. These could set your bike apart in a crowd and give it a special identity like you have in your work place. While you receive all that pampering do you pay back to your bike? In fact let me tell, even a 1lakh bike will be great on road if its dirty and an decade old bike can still be shining and attracting second looks- all in the maintenance.

I am going to give you a few tips in bike cleaning and hopefully with the pampering it receives it will never let you down:

If you have had a long drive the bike needs a cool down time period before you head for a washing episode. It allows the engine to cool down. If not there could be streaking, damage to chrome and spotting and at times even crack of the engine as well. Look for leaks if any and wear of the tyres, any loose bolts and even hoses, and give a thorough look at other areas which sometimes take your attention to otherwise neglected things.

Cleaning Equipment Required: The list of soaps, waxes and cleaning agents is almost endless and if you are a little careful you can do a hell lot with a good brush, clean rags, and some water. But so said, I would suggest that you pick a cleaning solution that is tailor made for bikes. Inappropriate cleaners will get on saddle, blue the chrome and get on the paint. Thus, use products that will not cause problems as regards to spoiling the finish or discoloring it. Remember cheap cleaning products will only harm your vehicle.

Once preparing the cleaning solution as per the mixing direction start cleaning your toy. Give heavy dirt settled on fenders and bugs a presoak treatment and then rinse with jet of water to clean off the loosened dirt. Use a clean sponge or cloth so it doesn’t scratch the chrome or the paint.

Give a thorough rinse to the bike, give a little rubbing, but an extra wash and rinse is any day better than rubbing for the reason that it will dull the shine of the paint or scratch the chrome. But so said, when water is scarce give a gentle rubbing to the heavily soiled areas. Clean the hidden areas as well to ensure it’s absolutely free of dirt. Ensure that the cleaning solution is washed off the bike. Give another rinse job and if there is run off of the water with no signs of beading your bike needs a thorough polishing; however, with the manufacturer recommended polishes.

Clean the wheels with separate rag and rinse the wheels again separately. Wipe the bike off the water with dry and soft cloth. Avoid doing this under direct exposure to sun to prevent any streaking.

Never use a dryer or air compressor to dry the vehicle as it might grit the finish and cause irreparable damage. Use a cloth to dry rather than a blower or a dryer. Clean the leather saddle (if) with the manufacturers recommendations.

Once the bike is clean you can pamper the tyres if you desire. Give some oil treatment to the chain with the recommended oil. With so much bike spa treatment your bike is ready to carry your lazy body again, but now with more shine and beauty.

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rakesh July 2, 2010 at 12:12 pm

very important to maintain good health and shine of your bike.

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S TAMIL INIYAN July 5, 2010 at 2:09 pm

GIVE ME MORE INFORMATION

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S TAMIL INIYAN July 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm

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Be it your new Lord of the Streets or your cute budget bike, they are such loyal buddies taking the lazy you to office, to grocer, carrying you and your monthly grocery through the crowded streets to home, after you’ve had enough of the rest-of-the-world experience. Don’t you think we need to pay back our 4-stroke bike at least giving it a once-in-a-while cleaning at house? So said, I would like you to read through the following lines.

You got all those bike accessories as because you liked the way they changed the look of your bike; whether it is the shiny chrome, or the dual tone graphics on it, or even extra beautiful paint. These could set your bike apart in a crowd and give it a special identity like you have in your work place. While you receive all that pampering do you pay back to your bike? In fact let me tell, even a 1lakh bike will be great on road if its dirty and an decade old bike can still be shining and attracting second looks- all in the maintenance.

I am going to give you a few tips in bike cleaning and hopefully with the pampering it receives it will never let you down:

If you have had a long drive the bike needs a cool down time period before you head for a washing episode. It allows the engine to cool down. If not there could be streaking, damage to chrome and spotting and at times even crack of the engine as well. Look for leaks if any and wear of the tyres, any loose bolts and even hoses, and give a thorough look at other areas which sometimes take your attention to otherwise neglected things.

Cleaning Equipment Required: The list of soaps, waxes and cleaning agents is almost endless and if you are a little careful you can do a hell lot with a good brush, clean rags, and some water. But so said, I would suggest that you pick a cleaning solution that is tailor made for bikes. Inappropriate cleaners will get on saddle, blue the chrome and get on the paint. Thus, use products that will not cause problems as regards to spoiling the finish or discoloring it. Remember cheap cleaning products will only harm your vehicle.

Once preparing the cleaning solution as per the mixing direction start cleaning your toy. Give heavy dirt settled on fenders and bugs a presoak treatment and then rinse with jet of water to clean off the loosened dirt. Use a clean sponge or cloth so it doesn’t scratch the chrome or the paint.

Give a thorough rinse to the bike, give a little rubbing, but an extra wash and rinse is any day better than rubbing for the reason that it will dull the shine of the paint or scratch the chrome. But so said, when water is scarce give a gentle rubbing to the heavily soiled areas. Clean the hidden areas as well to ensure it’s absolutely free of dirt. Ensure that the cleaning solution is washed off the bike. Give another rinse job and if there is run off of the water with no signs of beading your bike needs a thorough polishing; however, with the manufacturer recommended polishes.

Clean the wheels with separate rag and rinse the wheels again separately. Wipe the bike off the water with dry and soft cloth. Avoid doing this under direct exposure to sun to prevent any streaking.

Never use a dryer or air compressor to dry the vehicle as it might grit the finish and cause irreparable damage. Use a cloth to dry rather than a blower or a dryer. Clean the leather saddle (if) with the manufacturers recommendations.

Once the bike is clean you can pamper the tyres if you desire. Give some oil treatment to the chain with the recommended oil. With so much bike spa treatment your bike is ready to carry your lazy body again, but now with more shine and beauty.

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Sandeep July 16, 2010 at 10:01 am

Good article. i also love to get the information about some good Neutral PH shampoo for bike wash. also is it ok to wash with only clean water? can u please tell how to take care of overall bike for the first 3 services, in the sense of getting god mileage and the performance (150cc segment).

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Venkata Deepak March 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm

@Deepak. I am maintaining my bike with at most care… people in my apartment are fans of me and my bike for my maintenance.
I amusing a wax polish which was sold to me at a petrol bunk. I am using it from last 3 months applied 3 times till now it did not show any adverse effect, But I always have some questions on it. I bought it for 150rs its a spray of 150ml. So is it costly or a very cheap polish? does it show any adverse effect in future? how much does a bike polish costs to be called as best in quality. and I am using Pulsar 220.

Suggest me something good polish. where do I find it? do I get it in a bike spares shop?

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Tanmay March 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm

can any one please let me know some cleaning products available easily such as cleaning solvent/spray, wax polish ? etc .. thanks ….:)

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kumar gaurav July 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm

“car wash” and silicone glaze” from amway are the best products for cleaning and polishing your car or bike.it does not hampers the paint or sticker’s quality at all.

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kiran April 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm

can you tell me how yo clean the bike&car

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kiran April 24, 2011 at 4:06 pm

hai venkata deepak this website members will not tell anything i have send a comment 2 years before but they have deleted the comment i dont no how u will be but I think your my friend

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*Lone Wolf* November 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I brought a water sprayer exactly like the one you see at barber shop. I fill it with diesel. I spray it on the surface of my passion pro and clean it with cloth. I use two cloths 1. to clean the under surface like the engine, chain guard and spokes. the cloth gets messy if sand deposits are there. 2. A new cloth to clean the upper surface like the petrol tank, fiber fittings, lamps etc.

Diesel is good at dissolving the dust particles and provide smoothness on the surface. It helps to prevent rust.

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xDNA June 10, 2012 at 11:53 am

applying oil immediately after washing is not recommended first you should ride at least 2 kms to remove all the water present even in the chain.Bcoz if you directly apply oil the oil may trap the water and later the chain will be rusted.

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ravi August 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm

How to take care of Motorcycle.

Things required for cleaning the motorcycle
1. Polish liquid based and Oil Based
3. Soft cloth

Maintenance

1. First give your motorcycle for water service once in 6 months. Check the quality of water used in water service station, it should
be soft water. The reason is hard water does not clean dirt effectively and it tends to rust more quickly. ( chemistry)

2. Change your Motorcycle air filter once in 6 month. Air filter is like lungs for your motorcycle engine it should be healthy
for proper mixing of air and fuel. You can clean in your home by using air pressure using cycle air pump but you should know
in which direction air must be directed. Air filter is key for performance. (Biology)

3. Before taking a ride just start the engine and leave it for 2-3 minutes. Though its a waste of petrol but it is good for
your motorcycle engine. It is just to warm up like what we do in the morning. Similarly when your ride is complete don’t switch off engine
immediately, wait for 2-3 min and then switch it off by pulling keys. ( Physics principle )

4. Check the brake system once is a week. You can clean the disk brake by cleaning the disc with the wet cloth. Disc may have
friction with shoe lining which in turn may make drag the direction to right. Free movement of wheel will be affected if
there is a dirt in disc. So millage can be improved by cleaning the dirt. (Nano level)

5. Check the chain tight once in a month.

6. You can clean the carbon fiber body through wet cloth and then polish the body with soft cloth using liquid based polish.

7. Painted and metal parts should not be cleaned with water it should be cleaned with oil and then for shining oil based polish.

8. Correct and adjust the Air fuel screw with a expert mechanic. It is the key for pick up and millage. Don’t go for millage adjustment.
Think you want to over take a lengthy truck your machine cannot overtake in specified time. If pick up adjustment employed
then 0-60 is possible below 5.5 sec.

9. Clean the carburetor once in 6 month. (service center job)

9 Check your Tyre pressure once in a week. Tyre also act as shock absorber so limit the air pressure according to the motorcycle
manual. Correct Tyre pressure can increase millage and pick up.

10. Check you motorcycle battery once in a six month. Sometimes it may just require few ml of Distilled water if you leave unseen for
year then you may need to change the battery itself.

11. Mono suspension can save your backbone.,

12. Go for Tuff-up tube tube or tubeless Tyre for safety reasons. (tips)

Advantage of CB UNICORN

1. COMFORT
2. PICKUP
3. MILLAGE
4. RESALE VALUE
5. ENGINE performance

Disadvantage

Service related issue.

In my experience compared to other brand HONDA IS THE THE BEST, when service is done precisely by the service center. CB UNICORN is the king of road

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiD6siLcyNA

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rashima June 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Great tips.
Tamil Inian and ravi have also provided wonderful ideas.
Mostly people learn from their own experience, but these tips help so that one need not depend on their own experience.

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Nagaraj August 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm

could u please tell me which oil is best for chain lubricant?..
i am having pulsar 220 sf. My itself i clean my bike. after the wash i use grease for chain.. i read oil is best for chain lubricaton instead of grease.. can anyone help me or suggest me which oil is better for chain lubrication?..

Your feedbacks/Comments are valuable.. :)

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Varun November 27, 2013 at 10:33 pm

use amway car shampoo and polish

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