Whether you own a custom cruiser or a souped up sport bike, you'll want to keep your motorcycle away from commercial washing facilities and perform the cleaning ritual yourself. Those high-pressure hoses can damage bike parts, which are more vulnerable than mechanical parts in cars.
Be sure you find a shady spot to wash (and dry) your bike, since the sun can create temperature differentials that harm paint and allow water to leave spots.
Assemble the following items as needed:
- A bucket for soapy water
- Soap or liquid detergent; automotive cleaners will work
- Gloves (to keep your hands clean)
- Bug and tar remover
- Degreaser and/or engine cleaner
- A toothbrush
- A brush for wheel cleaning
- Wheel cleaner
- At least two microfiber or 100% cotton sponges
- A variety of soft cotton towels and more abrasive rags
- A chamois cloth for drying