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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-13-2012, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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I ride a lot. As a result, I've traditionally never been much of a washer. I'd give it a quick spray then go.

My new XC is much too good looking for that. I see Victory has a line in some stores (none near me) called Pure Victory. I know a lot of the HD guys use S100.

What do you use? The easier, the better. My scoot is black, if that matters.
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This discussion covers most everything bike detailing related from the easy to the obsessive.

https://www.victoryforums.com/showthr...turtle+wax+ice

You can also search for "turtle wax black" and find a little more. Personally I use Simple Green to get the bugs off and bring up the dirt on the flat black (engine/trans), Turtle wax Ice wax a couple of times a year, and Turtle Wax Ice spray for quick detailing after long rides. I also dust mop any time I get a chance because it rains mud here which creates really bad water spots on the paint afterwards if it's already dusty.

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I use water and car wash soap, dry it then spray some Honda polish and wipe down. Every couple months or so I wash it, dry it then roll her into the garage. Then go inside and get a beer, go back to garage turn on music and roll my stool to the bike and give her a good hand waxing with Turtle or Mcquirers past. It takes a while but, I enjoy doing it.

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For a general cleaning I use car wash soap and a sponge. A friend of mine swears by S100. To get bugs off easily use hydrogen peroxide on your windshield or wherever there are bugs. Fresh bugs just foam off and you can wipe the bike down with a soft towel. It will not harm your paint. Been doing it for a couple of years now.

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Car Wash soap and water every couple of months or more depending on how much rain I get caught in. Then ICE Spray Detailer http://www.turtlewax.com/product-detail.aspx?prodid=91 in between washes. Caranauba wax a couple times a year, a little more for the tank since it gets the most abuse and it only takes 10-15 minutes.

For my windscreen I've been happy with Meguiars Motorcycle Plastic Cleaner/Polish.

Oh and my scoot is black as well. One other thing, if you use ICE make sure you get the microfiber cloth; they work MUCH better than a cloth towel

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My friend swears by S100. Anyone tried those products? What about Pure Victory?
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S100 overpriced, and the "Cycle Cleaner" can't sit for long or it will leave residue and you end up going over it with car wash soap and water anyways. Their engine cleaner is nice but you can beat it in price and shine by making a 50/50 mixture of Mother's Protectant and water in a spray bottle and soak the casing. Wipe off any excess and let it dry.

I've only used soap and water on my bike three or four times in a couple of years. California mini-duster followed with Meguiar's or Eagle One quick detailing spray and wipe. Eagle One Nano-Wax spray on-wipe off, follow up with a coat of Eagle One Nano-Wax gel and that black bike looks deep and wet. Do the whole thing in about an hour or hour and a half. Put a coat of carnauba once in a while only takes another half hour.

Invisible Glass foam on the rims, and spray the "SIDEWALLS ONLY" with STP Son-Of-A-Gun cleaner & shine. No wiping or rubbing down. Showroom new looking rubber and not slippery like most protectants. I spray the floorboard rubber and wipe down the shifter and brake pegs with it too.

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I use original Bike Spirits after every ride. It removes the bugs, dust, shines and protects the paint. I spray it on the cloth and wipe the bike down, I have a duster to get between the rear fender and the bags for the dirt. I use the Bike Spirits on every part of the bike.
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I ride a lot. As a result, I've traditionally never been much of a washer. I'd give it a quick spray then go.

My new XC is much too good looking for that. I see Victory has a line in some stores (none near me) called Pure Victory. I know a lot of the HD guys use S100.

What do you use? The easier, the better. My scoot is black, if that matters.
I use pure Walsmart products... LOL, the chemical makeup is the same and it costs way less. Soap is soap... don't be fooled by the hype.

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After every ride I do a quick wipe down with the waterless products such as Captain BOM or Slime. Silicon based products are safe to use on slightly dirty surfaces without scratching paint. My bike hasn't seen water since I bought it.

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