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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-15-2013, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Washing/Cleaning the Roadglide

Hoping to get some direction/advise on "washing" or "cleaning" my road glide. I just bought it and I've never washed a bike before. A buddy tells me not to use liquid soap and water...to just use cloths to buff it and chrome cleaner. I had planned on simply taking a hose to it...then using a liquid soap...buff it with clean rag. I realize this question sounds naive but I want to do the right thing for the bike. Thanks for any advise.
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-15-2013, 08:44 AM
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For my bike i always use a polishing rag and like a meguires or adams detail spray. The only time i wash my bike is if i get caught in the rain. Thats when i will give it a good wash. I usually use rain-x brand car wash (just what i like) then after washing i use my backpack leaf blower to dry the bike off then i go through and polish the whole bike. As i said this is what i do and has always worked for me.. Hope that helps
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Here in southern Louisiana you have bugs, lots of bugs and with the added clumps of grease you get from freshly greased semis on the interstate, the bike requires a good wash. Not to mention the RG with a tour pack creates quite the vacuum and attracts lots of fine dirt that attaches itself to the rear of the bike.
Just use common sense when washing. Don't wash a hot bike, avoid high pressure spray on wheel bearings along with the instrument cluster in the fairing. Use a good bike/car wash and blow dry immediately. I use a towel on the chrome and apply Wizard's detailer with a micro cloth for the final finish. I also use Novus on the windshield cause it seems to work best on my Windvest. Just my opinion, but listen to what others do as well.

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thanks to a fellow RG.org member.. peroxide in a spray bottle for the bugs.. genius ... then S100 (at harley), the whole bike and rinse, rinse, rinse, it doesnt come off easily. will leave a white residue if not rinsed completly..


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Don't worry, water will not hurt your bike. Like he said above, just be smart about where you direct the spray, and there's no need to use a pressure washer. Detail spray and a high quality microfiber cloth are great for maintenance when the bike is mostly clean, but eventually it will be dirty enough to require a proper wash. Don't use dish soap unless you're stripping it to apply polish/wax; use a real car wash soap. And as mentioned, a leaf blower helps greatly in getting water out of all the nooks and crannies you'll never reach with a drying cloth.
I'm a big fan of Adam's products, but whatever you use you will find some good tips in their videos.
http://www.adamspolishes.com/t-Detai..._Car_Wash.aspx

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I agree with Piggs! I just recently tried the peroxide/S-100 and it works pretty good. This combo did not work for all of the bugs on the front but worked well for the rest of the bike.
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I'm a big fan of Adam's products, but whatever you use you will find some good tips in their videos.
http://www.adamspolishes.com/t-Detai..._Car_Wash.aspx
Nice share . . . interesting to see the girt guard . . . makes perfect sense . . .


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Since you didnt mention the color only thing I would add is if you got a denim paint job they need treated differently , I know you can't wax them perhaps someone here with one will chime in with there cleaning procedure for denim paints.

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Soap and water is OK for denim, just no wax or polish. I wouldn't even use detail spray on it. Believe it or not, Harley actually recommends you maintain it with glass cleaner.

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Adams does make some awesome products, been using it for years. First found them when they came out down at the corvette show in Carlise PA. He is an awesome guy with an awesome product
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