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Offline JJBotes

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Washing a GS ?
« on: June 15, 2014, 03:14:57 pm »
Can somebody with those "showroom clean" GS's please tell me how you wash your bike ??

Do you ride it trough some kind of magic soap river or something ? Or do you never take the thing to dirt ??

I really use to enjoy washing my bikes but I'm about to give up on this one  . . . . . holes and curves where no finger or toothbrush can go . . . dirt behind the head light cover , dust behind the instruments and not even mentioning  the the dust and mud in the caves down under.

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2014, 03:28:05 pm »
Spray with prepsol leave for five minutes spray off with hose pipe wipe dry spray with mr min and leave for ten minutes then wipe off
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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2014, 03:53:44 pm »
Don't wash too regularly, but when I do I try my best!

1.  Plug air intake & exhaust with old rags.
2.  Hose off entire bike.
3.  Mix "Spot Free" car shampoo in bucket with water.
4.  Start washing bike with the soapy water and micro-fibre cloth(s).
5.  I prefer to use one cloth only for the screen, clocks, mirrors and tank.
6.  Use another for the rest of the bike to prevent mud/sand being rubbed onto your screen/tank.
7.  Use a "Mag Cleaner" brush for engine fins, rims, etc.
8.  Hose off the soapy water.
9.  Start engine and warm up slightly to evaporate pooling water near the plugs, heat fins, etc.
10.  Dry off with a dry & clean micro-fibre cloth.

Even though I've used spray-on cleaners as well as my pressure gun on the bike, I'm always scared of damaging the paintwork, oil seals, etc. and try to go without using it.
 

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2014, 04:33:50 pm »
I use my Karcher with the concentrated vehicle shampoo (diluted) that Karcher sells for really bad mud and grime.
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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2014, 04:35:22 pm »
Every 10000km after a service, I get it back spotless  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2014, 07:21:15 pm »
When it rains I push it out side and throw omo at it .Some times it only a short shower so the next time it rains I don't throw the omo   :thumleft:
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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2014, 07:26:48 pm »
Every 10000km after a service, I get it back spotless  :thumleft:

Me too!  Magic stuff!  :ricky:
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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2014, 07:30:10 pm »
Every 10000km after a service, I get it back spotless  :thumleft:

Me too!  Magic stuff!  :ricky:

Thank you gentlemen. Seems that service is going to be something to look forward to . .

For the meantime I'll head to Midas tomorrow for some prepsol.
 

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2014, 07:32:03 pm »
Every 10000km after a service, I get it back spotless  :thumleft:

Me too!  Magic stuff!  :ricky:

Thank you gentlemen. Seems that service is going to be something to look forward to . .

For the meantime I'll head to Midas tomorrow for some prepsol.

Prepsol works well  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2014, 08:19:45 pm »
Hate the service wash.. they often use that waterless crap! I use prepsol on the engine, car shampoo on the bodywork and a combination on the rims. Use my high pressure washer in only select areas (avoid wheel and head bearings etc..) then the rest is a toothbrush and parafin..
 

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2014, 08:26:59 pm »
Is prepsol paint friendly ?
 

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2014, 08:29:18 pm »
I haven't had problems with prepsol on paint, but I definitely wash it off quickly.
 

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2014, 10:16:41 pm »
Spray prepsol all over. Wash off after a few minutes. Then wash bike with normal car shampoo. Wyness Dash on all plastics and tyres and seat to make it deep black.

Sometimes use a spray that I bought which NASCAR guys use! Goes on in a white foam form and then you wipe it off. Then you wipe it dryer with a micro fibre cloth. No water even needed.

Guy who services our bikes has introduced us to cylicone spray. Our bikes come back from him in showroom condition, although the cylicone tends to attract dust and dirt in the air but it does make the bike shine like new!
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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2014, 10:25:51 pm »
Before Wooly Bugger gets on your case, that should be silicone  ;D
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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2014, 10:29:58 pm »
Before Wooly Bugger gets on your case, that should be silicone  ;D

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2014, 10:36:50 pm »
Dirt Nurse, MX Cleaner,Prepsol all pretty much the same. Spray on ,leave for a few minutes then spray off. Chamois most visible water off ,then a quick burn to get rid of some of the other water. Pretty much it.
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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2014, 10:37:00 pm »
Silicone is a great enhancer, makes the bike shine and the dirt slides off much easier after a good outride. Dont get it on the seat.... :eek7:
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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #17 on: June 16, 2014, 02:53:21 am »
Spray with prepsol leave for five minutes spray off with hose pipe wipe dry spray with mr min and leave for ten minutes then wipe off

+100  :thumleft:

Even the spokes shine, without having a cloth near them  :thumleft:

I use the WAP though, not hosepipe.
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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2014, 04:55:17 am »
Hoe is die Mr Min met stof ?
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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2014, 07:25:55 am »
Mr Min is anti static, dus klou stof nie aan die bike soos wanneer silikon gebruik word nie