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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2014, 08:45:21 am »
Why do you want to wash your GS?
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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #21 on: June 16, 2014, 08:53:26 am »
Every 10000km after a service, I get it back spotless  :thumleft:




Don't even wanna think about what that costs you.  :eek7:
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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #22 on: June 16, 2014, 08:59:30 am »
Prepsol works a treat. But Do Not use in the sun or leave on for long.
 

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #23 on: June 16, 2014, 09:02:24 am »
Every 10000km after a service, I get it back spotless  :thumleft:




Don't even wanna think about what that costs you.  :eek7:

Probably billed at R450/hour like the rest of the service, bargain...
 

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #24 on: June 16, 2014, 10:23:05 am »
Prepsol works a treat. But Do Not use in the sun or leave on for long.

Prepsol on plastics and screen, must be washed off asap.

There is reports that the screens turned pink.

Like you say, if prepsol dries in the sun for too long, it will stain  :thumleft:   :thumleft:

Also not a good idea to wash your cars paint with prepsol. It takes off all teh polish, makes the paint dry, and also stains.

On the bike because it is only engine and plastics it is fine, but keep it away from your cars paintwork  :thumleft:

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #25 on: June 16, 2014, 10:26:24 am »
A lot of good advice here with prepsol etc. But the most important thing about,washing a GS would be to do it where no one else can see you  :pot:
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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #26 on: June 16, 2014, 10:27:21 am »
Every 10000km after a service, I get it back spotless  :thumleft:




Don't even wanna think about what that costs you.  :eek7:

Probably billed at R450/hour like the rest of the service, bargain...



So, if I spend an hour washing my bike, I'm R450 richer?

Think I'll do it twice!  :lol8:
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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #27 on: June 16, 2014, 10:39:10 am »
Having ridden enduro for years - we used to get some serious caked mud on our bikes, especially when you are doing 2 - 3 day rides.

Make her wet, get a weed spray container from hardfware store - fill it with prepsol - spray, let it stand for 10 minutes, give it a warm soapy prepsol bucket wash and then hose her down.

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:

Have to agree - Silicon spray once its dry and the dirt will come off much easier next time

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #28 on: June 16, 2014, 10:53:01 am »
I dont like silicone spray  >:D

I almost killed the salesman by Triumph  >:D

When I bought my new Triumph 1200 Explorer, he sprayed it with silicone spray. Nice and shiny.

3km down the gravle road, it looked as if it wasnt washed for 3 years.

The dust stuck everywhere  >:D
 

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #29 on: June 16, 2014, 06:43:03 pm »
beslis nie n fan van de-greasers (nie eers clean green nie)  en beslis nie high pressure washers nie.
dit wat jy nie kan bykom met n waslap en automotive seep nie, moet maar bly.
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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #30 on: June 17, 2014, 07:27:37 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


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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #31 on: June 17, 2014, 07:37:11 am »
Every 10000km after a service, I get it back spotless  :thumleft:

Me too!  Magic stuff!  :ricky:

Me three.....why waste time washing when you can be riding  :ricky:
 

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #32 on: June 17, 2014, 07:39:57 am »
Every 10000km after a service, I get it back spotless  :thumleft:




Don't even wanna think about what that costs you.  :eek7:

Probably billed at R450/hour like the rest of the service, bargain...

Jou bike se dienswas is basies n "gratis" was, so kom ons dink n bietjie; sal BMW "motorrad" :-[ n werker aansit met n klomp was-middels, wat n uur spandeer op jou fiets,
of is net n outjie met n moerse WAP? :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:



 

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #33 on: June 17, 2014, 08:11:06 am »
Prepsol works a treat. But Do Not use in the sun or leave on for long.

Prepsol on plastics and screen, must be washed off asap.

There is reports that the screens turned pink.

Like you say, if prepsol dries in the sun for too long, it will stain  :thumleft:   :thumleft:

Also not a good idea to wash your cars paint with prepsol. It takes off all teh polish, makes the paint dry, and also stains.

On the bike because it is only engine and plastics it is fine, but keep it away from your cars paintwork  :thumleft:

Been using prepsol since 2004.

The only negative experience I ever had with Prepsol was white stains appearing after spraying it onto the Suzuki XF650 Freewind clear screen in bright sunlight. Required some Perspex polish to sort out :-\

I used Prepsol on a very regular basis on my bike hire fleet. From this and from comparsion with customers bikes I dare to say it does not negatively affect plastic or paint.

As mentioned don't use in full sunlight (you should not wash your bike in the sun in any case).
I have not noticed any ill effects from allowing it to dry - besides it takes more water and time to rinse off.
Also no problems from spraying onto hot engines or exhausts - it just does not work as well if it dries too quickly.

A few things you have to keep in mind:
Although stated otherwise Prepsol is not really a strong degreaser. Whilst it takes off dust and caked dirt and clay and oil with ease you will have to spray and use a brush if you have heavy grimy deposits.
It works very well for washing foam filters which are oiled with engine oil. It does not remove the sticky specialised foam filter oils.
Prepsol and rinse off works reasonably well. For perfectionists go over the bike with a bucket of water with some car shampoo & a microfiber cloth. Prepsol and rinse sometimes leaves a slight dirt residue which the shampoo & cloth sort out.
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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #34 on: June 17, 2014, 08:18:48 am »
Every 10000km after a service, I get it back spotless  :thumleft:




Don't even wanna think about what that costs you.  :eek7:

Probably billed at R450/hour like the rest of the service, bargain...

Jou bike se dienswas is basies n "gratis" was, so kom ons dink n bietjie; sal BMW "motorrad" :-[ n werker aansit met n klomp was-middels, wat n uur spandeer op jou fiets,
of is net n outjie met n moerse WAP? :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:




En kyk mooi op jou Service Invoice, jy betaal R80 vir daai was, genuine  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #35 on: June 17, 2014, 08:49:05 am »
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.

Please help.

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #36 on: June 17, 2014, 08:52:11 am »
I think it is relatively easy to wash the bike with all sorts of soaps and methods and all.

BUT, I have a real problem with the screen - it is only 4 months old but already full of scratches. I really tried right from the outset to wash it with a clean chamois that I bought and used only on the screen. I used dirtnurse, let it stand for few minutes then sprayed with water, and then wiped off with the chamois. To no avail !!! >:(

So, how do you clean this bloody screen without scratching it? I have made peace now with the scratches.
 

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #37 on: June 17, 2014, 09:01:21 am »
I use Mr Min on mine Draadwerk, it seems to preserve the screen. You can remove the dust scratches from the screen with Brasso.
 

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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #38 on: June 17, 2014, 09:51:44 am »
I dont like silicone spray  >:D

I almost killed the salesman by Triumph  >:D

When I bought my new Triumph 1200 Explorer, he sprayed it with silicone spray. Nice and shiny.

3km down the gravle road, it looked as if it wasnt washed for 3 years.

The dust stuck everywhere  >:D

This is something i never noticed on the enduro bike - will give Mr min a try myself to avoid the dusty havent washed my bike for 3 years look  :laughing4:
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Re: Washing a GS ?
« Reply #39 on: June 17, 2014, 10:04:43 am »
Just keep the prepsol away from the wind screen.
I also some times use a very soft broom. Simple as it does not keep the rocky type dust that can scratch your paint. As you wash, the dirt runs of down the sides. You also have to put as much pressure on the broom as you do with a cloth.