If you’ve put your bike away for the winter and want to take it out of hibernation as the U.K. slowly moves towards Spring, then you should consider giving it a good Spring cleaning before you hit the road. Yes, cleaning your bike may be a tedious and timely task, but it’s one you have to do sometime, so why not start now? And if you’re looking to sell your bike, it’s always best to take it the dealer for evaluation once it’s cleaned and looking its best. Here’s a quick guide to help.
What you’ll need, and some recommendations:
- A water hose. If you don’t have one, water in a spray bottle works just` as well.
- Two buckets.
- A cleaning agent – we recommend Muc-Off Bike Cleaner, which is £7.00 on Amazon. It’s quite good to use as it contains nano technology that breaks down grime and dirt, and doesn’t damage delicate surfaces. Click here to buy it on amazon.
- A good quality microfibre wash mitt. Microfibre will get you a better shine and avoid scratches. The Muc-Off microfiber Wash Mitt will do the trick at £10.95, but any will work.
- A shampoo to thoroughly clean your bike – Meguiars Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo has always been a favourite of mine, at £17.50 on Amazon.
- A wheel cleaner – Meguiars Hot Rims All Wheel Cleaner is £12.50.
- A wheel brush – Here’s a nifty water-powered turbine wheel brush on Amazon.
- Motorcycle wax. WD40 Motorbike Wax & Polish is one of the more budget friendly options at £8.49, but there are more expensive options on the market to pick from too.
- A clean rag or cloth.
A few tips before you start:
- If you’re using high pressure water to clean your bike, be very careful around parts such as the engine, the electrics, the cockpit, the bearings, and the chain.
- Make sure your engine is completely cool before you wash your bike, as spraying cold water on a hot engine can cause significant damage.
- Try to avoid washing your bike in the direct sunlight, as the sun can dry detergents on your bike before you have a chance to wash them off, potentially leaving streaks and water spots.
Now let’s get started:
- Lightly rinse your bike with cool water before you begin. If you’re using a standard hose then it’s a good idea to put your thumb over the nozzle to increase the water pressure, but make sure to be careful around areas such as the engine and the chain. The front-end and tail-piece of the bike usually accumulate a lot of dirt, so a good tip is to start with them.
- After that, spray your whole bike with Muc-Off Bike Cleaner. Be careful to avoid spraying the brake discs and callipers. If you need it, agitate the cleaner by rubbing it with a sponge or a cloth. After your bike is sprayed, leave it for a minute or so, then rinse it down with water, being careful not to aim your hose directly at the switchgear or areas with bearings.
- Prepare two buckets, one with your bike shampoo solution, and the other one with fresh water. Using the Muc-Off 2-in-1 Wash Mitt, dip it in the washing solution, then begin scrubbing down your bike. A good tip is to start at the top of your motorcycle and work your way down. While cleaning your bike, wash your mitt in the fresh water bucket before dipping it back into the washing solution so that the majority of your dirt goes into the fresh water, and you don’t clean your bike with dirty washing solution.
- To clean your wheels, spray a good coating of Meguiars Hot Rims All Wheel Cleaner onto them. Wait a few minutes, then slowly work your way around the wheels with the Halfords Alloy Wheel Brush, being careful not to use too much pressure. Make sure to get in all the nooks and crannies, and don’t be afraid to work your brush behind the brake discs and close to the hub. Afterwards, rinse your wheels with fresh water from the hose.
- Finally, dry your bike thoroughly with a microfibre cloth. Make sure that you don’t drop your cloth onto the floor and use it again, as it can pick up bits of dirt from the ground that can scratch your bike.
- If you’d like that extra bit of shine, then spray your WD40 Motorbike Wax & Polish onto your panels, then let it rest for a bit. After a few minutes, start buffing your panels with a cloth, and after the wax has dried, you should be good and ready to go.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide to cleaning your bike. And remember if you are looking to sell to give https://www.webuyanybike.co.uk/ a go. They are a family owned and operated company and have been known to offer the best prices in the industry for a long while now.