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Hello all, new to the forum. This may be a dumb question but i had to ask. In what manner do you wash your bike? Drench it with a hose and wash like a car or give it a sponge bath? the reason i ask i did hose drenching with my 04 vegas once and i ended up gettin water into my motor via the air box. had too change the oil 2 more times ontop of the oil change i did before washing it. Just figured id ask.And is there any other danger i should watch for if i do hose method in the future.Thanx.

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Well you do need to take care around the air box. I soak my scoot. Have you tried s100

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I wipe my bikes down with a wet cloth about once a week. Unless I ride through rain, I usually only wash my bike once or twice per year. I'll use a hose with very low pressure to just get the bike wet while trying to keep the water off the engine and seat. I'll then use a soapy sponge to get the dirt off, use the low pressure water hose again and then dry everything off and take the bike for a ride to further air dry it. Never had any issues and have been doing it this way for at least a decade.
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Oh yeah for when I don't wash it, i use lemon pledge. It's ok, you have to buff it Well thought

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I use a $100 bill. I give it to the chick at my local bike shop and voila, a clean bike. This is why I seldom wash my bike.

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I never use a hose and instead use a spray bottle with water for the body and a 75/25 water/simple green solution for the grimy parts only if needed.

I also regularly use spray polish and a good wax.

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I use a hose several times a year. Like most have warned, be careful that you don't use high pressure solid streams especially in certain areas. Not only do you have to be careful around the air box by also around wire bundles and joints that have grease (swing arm, steering head). In between I wipe it down with a detailer like Turtle Wax ICE or Lemon pledge.

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The first and last time I washed with a hose my bike ended up back at the dealer to replace the PCV/AT. Also got water around the plugs and into the cylinder head...somehow. Had to change the oil twice just to be comfortable that I was okay.

Now, spray bottle with soap and water only.

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I use a $100 bill. I give it to the chick at my local bike shop and voila, a clean bike. This is why I seldom wash my bike.
100 bucks does that come with a happy ending lol

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