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Next bike you get try the dawn dish soap and shout. The anodizing fades slowly so it's hard to notice, but I feel like my bikes stay shinier using dawn and shout.
If the bike is not too dirty, I like Mr. Clean. It doesn't dull or fade any plastic or metal and seems to rinse off easier.
I’m lazy, I hit it with the pressure washer to onock off the loose chunks, spray shout, hit it with pressure washer. And its just a little electric one. No worries about fading or pitting with shout, even if it dries on.
Oh and wd40 on my xring chain, peg springs, head pipe to dry.
ps. I am almost sure that a certain high priced product is rebranded shout, maybe a bit stronger, for cleaning filters, as it cleans filters real well too. And i use belray filter oil, so it is thick
When oil spills occur. They use dawn to clean the oil off the birds. Dawn got the win
I did see a video from jay Clarke with Dunlop saying not to use Dawn because it breaks down aluminum. He was talking about using dawn to live up tire beads to mount tires and then showed how much it broke down the aluminum rims. This makes sense as I’ve seen it personally.
also too much dawn isn’t good because it’s a degreaser and we grease our bearings and don’t want the soap to break down that grease
Harbor Freight pressure washer... less than $100. I have a Ryobi, too. The HF "chokes" less.
No soap. Just knock the mud off.
Dry with a leaf blower.
I ride 2-4x a week... I'm just knocking the main stuff off so it doesn't dirty up the garage.
Maybe the dawn gets caught in the rim and never dries out, plus the moisture in the air doesn't help.
I urge anyone who thinks dawn dish soap is bad to try this.
Take your bike and put it in the sunlight. Spray dawn on one fork and simple green on the other and let it sit. Let us know.
Why would using dawn to install tires have anything to do with using dawn to wash the bike?
Who the hell uses dawn to install tires anyway, use windex, it evaporates.
I use a pressure washer. But not one with a crap ton of pressure. And stay at least a foot to 2 feet away from the bike with the wand. Stay away from the steering stem area with any high pressure. Especially on a Kawasaki. Take off the seat. Take the air filter out. Put airbox cover on. Put exhaust plug in. Lean bike over with handlebars on the stand and wash one side and the bottom. Repeat on the other side. Put bike back on the stand and use simple green with a little scrubbing if needed. Hand wash the seat if it’s not too dirty. If it’s really muddy, I power wash it and then stand it on its end and then let the water run out so it doesn’t degrade the foam as fast. Blow the bike dry with compressed air. Put in clean air filter and start bike to warm it up. Change the oil at this time if needed. Oil the chain. Grab a cold beverage!!!!!!
Half side note, this was my first winter of stripping the plastic off my bike & giving it a scrub down. Pretty satisfying when it’s the middle of winter in Minnesota. 5/5
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