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I happen to be in Columbus OH this week thus I went to IronPony Motorcycles (Victory Dealer) to check out what they had. I'm glad I did. The new White/Silver paint job is gorgeous. That's my favorite color.

I noticed behind the engine, below the seat, a few exposed wires connected. What are they? How can that be waterproof? Any issues yet from XC owners?

I also noticed another exposed wire/connector behind the left handlebar clutch handle. Any issues with that one?

Finally, the fairing. I can see the connectors to the headlight bulbs. Any issues with these as well?

My concern is rain and washing the bike.

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No issues as long as you don't wash with pressurized water - which you shouldn't do because you will get water in your headlight and other places water shouldn't get to.

Just normal wash or riding in the rain, you will have no problems.

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No issues as long as you don't wash with pressurized water - which you shouldn't do because you will get water in your headlight and other places water shouldn't get to.

Just normal wash or riding in the rain, you will have no problems.
I know that what you are saying is recommended. However, I have washed my XC at a car wash for almost 2 years no problem. Most car washes you can select a low pressure setting. I wonder what the pressure difference between a car wash and driving 70 mph in a rainstorm would be as far as the water in the headlight area? I have seen a Vic dealer using a pressure washer to spray off the vics. Just my opinion, but if a product is designed for use in the outside environment and can't be washed (with using common sense) by a car wash the manufacture has failed in their design.
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I washed one of my previous cars with a high pressure nozzle, and boy was it fun to hit it hard with the water. Almost everything came off the paint at the initial rinse. However, I noticed the headlights were fogging up after the wash, so I stopped pointing pressurized water at my vehicles.

As far as automated car wash places I believe they should be alright. In the area where I live, they're the drive-through type however, and now you've left me wondering how you ride the bike through the car wash without getting yourself wet? Rain gear?

I wash my bike as others with more motorcycle washing experience have recommended. And that is with low pressure spray, simulating rain drops. The wires on the bike are insulated and so are their connectors. These connectors will not let a drop of water get in, unless its is forced in by pressure. Even a water proof watch will work under water, but only until you exceed its maximum pressure, and then water makes its way in.

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The big problem with those pressurized car washes is you get the soap solution driven into nooks and crannies like brake calipers and bearings and it doesn't get rinsed out. I have found that S-100 is the best cleaner there is, bar none. You just spray it on and rinse with a stong, narrow jet of water. I use S-100 only on the wheels and running gear because it requires such thorough rinsing. It would drown the electrictals if you used it topside.

Been using S-100 for years and haven't had to lay a hand on wheels, engines or any of the running gear that I use it on. Others think I slave over keeping my bikes clean, but its the other way around. S-100 can be cut 1/3 with water and still work as well and not require as much rinsing. So take it from this old timer and throw those toothbrushes and other detailing brushes away and clean your bikes the easy way and have yourselves more riding time.

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I washed one of my previous cars with a high pressure nozzle, and boy was it fun to hit it hard with the water. Almost everything came off the paint at the initial rinse. However, I noticed the headlights were fogging up after the wash, so I stopped pointing pressurized water at my vehicles.

As far as automated car wash places I believe they should be alright. In the area where I live, they're the drive-through type however, and now you've left me wondering how you ride the bike through the car wash without getting yourself wet? Rain gear?

I wash my bike as others with more motorcycle washing experience have recommended. And that is with low pressure spray, simulating rain drops. The wires on the bike are insulated and so are their connectors. These connectors will not let a drop of water get in, unless its is forced in by pressure. Even a water proof watch will work under water, but only until you exceed its maximum pressure, and then water makes its way in.
I don't go through the drive through with the bike. In my area there are wand type that have both low and high pressure. with the bike I just use the low pressure with soap, the low pressure rinse. Then finish with a low pressure soft water rinse. Dry it off and no problems at least so far
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I will stick to my mr. clean.
Tried the S-100. It does clean good but a pain to get off. I prefer Honda Bright, almost the same thing but easier to get off.

If your concerned use some dielectric grease and electrical tape to seal em.

I do not use a pressure washer. It's just as easy to do it at home. The Mr. Clean washer will filter the water to help eliminate water spots. Then blow dry with your favorite leaf blower

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You can go to wall mart and pick up simple green it does the same job for half the price.
It smells great and no extra work
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You can go to wall mart and pick up simple green it does the same job for half the price.
It smells great and no extra work
If you are insinuating Simple Green works as well as S-100, I would never go to you for a restaurant or movie recommendation. That just ain't so. I tried most all the other spray-on-rinse-off cleaners and found S-100 does the best job, hands down. Sure, it requires a bit of rinsing, but unless you live in the desert, that's no problem.

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