The products, kit, tools and equipment you need. Tips to give your motorcycle cleaning the valet touch
Posted: 27/08/2007 at 21:45
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Posted: 29/08/2007 at 15:22
Posted: 31/08/2007 at 17:15
Posted: 01/09/2007 at 18:09
Some very handy tips (I especially like the two bucket one) but if anyone out there seriously thinks they can produce the standard of a £200 professional valet with these, or for that matter, any other brands of cleaning products then I have a little advice. You're supposed to clean the bike with them, not sniff them!
Also a tip from little old me. Mr. Sheen shines real good, it's easy, it does bodywork, engine casings, black plastics & only costs £1.99!
Posted: 30/07/2008 at 00:43
Posted: 05/08/2008 at 16:46
Posted: 10/09/2008 at 20:47
Faded plastics black plastics can be restored to perfect 'as new' condition with a heat gun. Using silcone sprays or other 'darkening' products dont last five minutes. I have used this several times and it works a treat!
Asda furniture polish is great on everything, degreasing wheels, painted panels, seats screen the lot! cheap as chips!
Posted: 04/10/2008 at 15:28
boj wrote (see)
Faded plastics black plastics can be restored to perfect 'as new' condition with a heat gun.
How do you do that then?
Best polish I've found is Meguiars wax polish.
My biggest problem is the engine. I have a TL1000, same as in the article, and you can see from the pictures how grubby the engine looks. Does anyone have a good tip for engine cleaning?
Posted: 05/10/2008 at 08:28
you cant beat just regular washing to keep it all looking good, i found MER to be a good and easy polish to use its also great at removing tar and dried bugs. Any auto shampoo for washing and trusty old WD40 for the greasy bits.
a light spray of WD40 on the engine and exposed alloy will protect against salt and corrosion.
as for drying (important) thats what leaf blowers were made for.
Posted: 07/04/2009 at 19:42
Two for the engine Al. Spray loads of FS 365 on after a quick hose down with cold water. It takes seconds but keeps everything shiny as new. Or a layer of ACF 50 applied to a clean engine once per season is meant to be even better, but I prefer option 2. Buy a faired bike. hth
Posted: 07/04/2009 at 20:58
The corrosive crud still gets onto your engine and into your electrics, the fairing just stops you from seeing it.
The Missus and me use the bloke from the All Year Biker website, he travels round the country washing bikes and spraying them with ACF50 from a proper compressor. I was dubious at first when we tried it but now we rarely bother washing our bikes, he comes and treats our bikes twice a year and each time they come up like new again.
Works out cheaper than getting through a can of WD40 every month as well, plus time saved where we don't have to spend ages scrubbing oily filth out of all the nooks and crannies.
I'd avoid Muc-Off as well. I tried some recently as my Fazer had got absolutely filthy over winter. It took all the ACF50 off so the all the bolt heads rusted and alloy bits started going white and furry over the next week. Definitely a product to avoid! Mild car shampoo is all you need. Never ever use washing up liquid either, it has salt in it to act as a water softener which will speed up any corrosion.
Another thing never to do is use silicon polish on painted parts, if you ever need to have a small paint repair done, the new paint won't stick, so you'll be looking at a full stripback and respray or a new panel, both very expensive.
Hope all that helps
Posted: 08/04/2009 at 11:23
Posted: 09/04/2009 at 22:25
He has a number of venues across the country that let him work there (bike shops, people's gardens etc.) when six or seven people book in for whatever venue a date is set and he turns up. Costs about £50 for the full treatment (well worth it if you never have time to clean your bike properly) depending on the bike's size.
The Missus and me have two bikes each and they all look like they've done half the milage thay actually have, not bad considering the Missus Fazer has done 63k through ALL weathers in the last four years!
Posted: 11/04/2009 at 00:48
Posted: 22/05/2009 at 20:02
Yes i want my bike professional look with different colors.
But, please you tell me how many days its complete and how much price for professional valet look.
Posted: 08/06/2009 at 08:10
Posted: 22/08/2012 at 09:22
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