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Old 11-21-2012, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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bugsplat and road dirt!

Hello all! Since I am new to all of this biker stuff, I thought I would ask some of you experienced long timers what you clean your bikes with. I have heard that "bugslide" is supposed to be good, but its nice to hear from others that have the knowledge.

Thanks for any tips!

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Old 11-21-2012, 02:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hell, just wash the bike with whatever you'd use for a car. The paint on a H-D is tough stuff. Wax every now and then with a car wax or even spray furniture wax. It works great, also works great for cleaning bugs and
tar. Pledge is my favorite brand.

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Old 11-22-2012, 06:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Bugs off

Just wet a paper towel with water,lay over bugs,let stand for 10 to 15 minutes,wipe off bugs. The water softens the dried on bugs to make it easy to remove them.This works great on windshields too! I like to use Lucas brand "Speed wax",its good between washes and leaves a coat of wax on the surface. I also put this on my windshield. Makes bug removal that much easier.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Oh no a cat on a low. How much you weigh? . Wet towel works great,just let it soak for 15 minutes on surface then wipe

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Old 11-23-2012, 09:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Bugs are mostly protien and exoskeleton,pour some hydogenperoxide into a container with water a wipe the bugs off with a microfiber towel,the bugs come off quickly,then wash with a carwash product. DO NOT use paper towels except to check your oil! I carry a microfiber towel with peroxide in a Ziplok bag and use it to clean my faceshield and windscreen,another clean dry microtowel to dry. It works well.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:57 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I agree with use of peroxide and microfiber towel. It works really good.

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Old 11-25-2012, 01:26 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Bugslide works great for me, Also use S100. Both good products.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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i use wd -40 on the chrome and alum stuff then i wipe down with stainless grill cleaner on the pipes and chrome . ( it wont leave finger prints on the chrome makes a good shine ) on the windshield after cleaning i like turtle wax detailer seems to help with the bugs . down here coon creek way it looks like it rains bugs in the summer .
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:05 PM   #10 (permalink)
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s100 special surfaces works great. smells good.

More importantly, why risk scratching a $350 windshield?

Pledge would probably work fine also. Haven't found bug splat yet.
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