We are obviously doing this wrong - we just wash the bike with a bucket of gentle bubbly water and a cloth after a muddy ride and then rinse it.
Rinsing can include throwing a bucket of water (aimed at bike) over the pillion passenger to test the quality of waterproofing of the suit - all this takes as long as the kettle is boiling for the tea after a ride and is quite fun.
PS It does get a proper clean and polish now and again but the above method does keep the build-up down a bit
The above plan only works if you do it immediately when you get home- the momentum and good intention only lasts for about 30 seconds after taking the helmet and gloves off - sorry - but thanks for the offer of the tea
“5. Take the bike off the paddock/sidestand. Grab the bars firmly and lean the bike over on to your knee, then go round to the other side and repeat – this helps trapped water drip free. Put the bike back on to its stand and remove the fairing. Soak up any excess water from around the engine.”
If so, you will notice with this months mag there was a free V2 spaostar pack, from the same people that make the V2 sponge. I can confirm, they are absolutely great! I normally use auto glym cleaner in water and a brush, l will be buying some more off these from now on! Just put in a bucket of water, get the bubbles going and your there!
I use auto glym show shine to polish the bike (quicker and easier then resin polish), I use Wurth brake and chain cleaner for those parts, and for stuck on bugs I just use cheapy tesco bug & sap remover, which is just as good.
As you can see, the results are good, I think you will agree!
Mostly cold water and microfibre cloths, I kid you not. Autosol on the bare metal, WD40 on the chrome finished off with water/microfibre. If it gets really caked, the Lithuanians with the power hoses down the road get that off for a fiver, then I clean the chemical residues off after. The chief knob insisted on spraying the seats with silicon polish last time I went there… made life interesting for a while.
I start off with brushing/spraying Gunk on the swingarm and wheels. Tesco ‘value’ car shampoo, warm water and hose to wash the bike. When dry cover the disks with bags, spray much of the bike with GT85 or ACF-50. Wipe the wheels with ACF-50.
I find covering the bike with ACF-50 or GT85 makes it much easier to clean next time and stops salt corroding.
car shampoo, industrial hard surface cleaner on grease, Turtle wax polish, brasso on chromes. When it’s really bad - a small Karcher pressure washer helps a lot, normally just a big sponge and tesco wheel rim brush (great stuff!), some soft cotton clothes, e.g. old t-shirt
The shame of it all… I hate cleaning and I am rubbish at it, i use a jet cleaner because its easy, i am kinda carefull not to blast the chain but it does a decent job with the rest of the bike. My ZXR 400 is imaculate because i never use it and Glamma cleaned it with a tooth brush before i bought it:D