May 23, 2004Just wondering if any of you out there presure wash your bikes. I've alway's been told that washing a bike in this way is not a good idea. But i see a lot of harley riders doing this lately. Have i been miss informed.
May 23, 2004why would you want to?
May 23, 2004Consensus of opinion is common sense dictates.
I live in an apartment and have no way of washing my ride with a hose. I keep it clean with California dusters, Harley Glaze and a very occasional trip to the spray wash. I don't get very close and limit most of the washing to wheels, under the bike and other places I can't 'rag' very well. I am careful around wheel bearings, efi and any areas that may cause a problem. Much of the bike is sealed, otherwise no one could ride in the rain. Also, let it cool down a bit before you wash because the soap can immediately dry on the engine and can be hard to remove. I live close enough that I can go back and use an electric leaf blower to finish up.
Not my preferred method, but no problems so far...
May 23, 2004You need to be careful with pressure washers, particularly around any seals and/or electrical items (gauges, lights, etc.). The bikes are designed to run in rain and such, but the high pressure can go right through seals and gaskets. .
May 24, 2004They're probably lazy. Rest assured that it will eventually come back to haunt them at some point.
May 25, 2004if u must use the car wash try not squezing the triger, then the presure wont be as high.
May 25, 2004Hi Guys,
Having limited access to a hose at my storage location, I had to come up with way to wash my bike. Yesterday while following just behind a T-Storm, my ride got all dirty from road spray. I needed some way to clean it without having to use buckets of water which are hard to transport. Well I remembered my old wood life deck sprayer. Can't use that one so I went to Home Depot and purchased two new 2.5 gallon RL Flowmaster Deck, Fence and Patio Sprayers. They cost only $19.95 each. These are the U-Fill it and U-pump it up type. I filled one with just clean water, and the other with plain water and added Meguiar's no stain car wash, mixed it up, pumped it up and off I went.
Let me tell you, this worked like a charm. Since they are low pressure, I was able to wet the bike down with the mix, get soap to the hard to reach spots, then finish with a sponge cleaning the bike without difficulty. Once the washing was done, out came the clean water pump. Again just the right pressure to wash away the soap, and get to the hard to reach spots. The bike was spotless, and all I had to do was get out the dryer.
My Dyna WG only needed 1/2 of the capacity of each to do the complete wash. These pumps are easy to transport and I recommend everyone try this method. Also, to those who trailer their bikes, put this on your list of things to take along.
Great results, & low cost.
Steve, Bethlehem, Pa.
May 25, 2004Great idea, snordahl. I will keep that in mind.
May 26, 2004
Hey all --
I had to smile when I read Snordahl's reply regarding hand sprayers - been using them for years on bikes as described. In addition to the 2.5 gal hand pump variety, I use the smaller hand held pump version too. The wife thought I was nuts until she saw the results - on her bike let alone mine.
Here is a twist though -- instead of using tap water try using either distilled water or purified water -- better than soft water or tap water since both will spot but distilled water and purified water will dry spotless - yup - spotless! -
Ride like your invisible and .....
May 26, 2004I know the 2 Harley Shops I use here, use a Power Washer (Pressure Washer) to clean the bikes before the customer picks up his/her bike after Service has been done.
To me I would rather they not, but, it has not hurt my bike. Just means I have to detail it after.
Something to keep in mind.
May 26, 2004First time I had one of my bikes in to the local HD stealership for some warranty work.. they did me the favor of power washing the bike for me..... "Thanks alot".. I rode with a wet A_ _ for 2 days... the clown (just a kid) sprayed down my seat with the power washer for me... I told them never to wash my bike for me again.....Uggggghhh