If you have washed a four-wheeler yourself, then you would understand that all that’s got to be done to make it shiny is wash the body along with the glass. To add to that, some bikes also have the engine, gearbox and chain on display, all of which require correct cleaning.
One of the very basic but commonly forgotten steps is finding the correct spot to wash your two-wheeler. Search for a tiled or cemented surface to begin with, avoid soil or else you will end up giving your two-wheeler and yourself a mud bath. Another important tip is to have good drainage or else you will wind up splashing the dirty water out of the floor back on to your two-wheeler.
Get a pack of microfiber towels or regular clean soft cloths. Consume at least four to be on the safe side, two to get the engine, wheels and other mechanicals parts when wet/dry, and two for the tank and other bodywork when wet/dry. Having additional rags on hand would also come in handy to wash greasy parts like the forks, underside of the engine along with the chain cover.
3. Do not make it rain
The feeling of having the power of the gods doesn’t mean that you need to bring down a rainstorm on your own two-wheeler. If you do have a pressurised washer, adjust it to a lower setting before you start spraying. Fix to the bottom setting for all these areas and totally avoid pressure washing on an older motorcycle — a damp cloth should work just fine in this situation.
4. Keep the gas in the tank
Avoid using detergents intended for utensils on your two-wheeler. These products have chemicals that can harm the paint. Gas like diesel is used on a huge scale to wash two-wheelers in India, even though it does a quick job at cleaning up your bike, it hurts the paint indefinitely. Stick to automotive shampoos at all costs.
5. The complete job
Every single corner onto your two-wheeler has to be washed thoroughly. Regions between the engine and the gas system may be difficult to reach but a simple toothbrush could work wonders. Cleaning each talked on an older motorcycle may seem tedious but will prove to be extremely rewarding.
6. Bone dry
When drying your motorcycle, make sure to use a sterile cloth and begin with the bodywork and then proceed to the remaining bits. As we said earlier, best to have another cloth for your bodywork and the mechanicals. Since most of us don’t have access to pressured-air, it is best to take a quick spin on a clean street so that air can dry out the aforementioned corners and creases. A neat final touch would be applying a thin layer of Vaseline on chrome parts to protect them, especially if you live near the sea or ride in the monsoon.