There are many topics that can spark heated debate among motorcyclists, but one which constantly gets people talking is this ‘should I power wash my bike?’
Now, if you’re looking for a definitive answer, you’re not going to get it here. There are arguments for and against using a jet wash to clean your bike, and many riders always will value the convenience, especially on particularly dirty bikes. So if you do choose to use a power washer, here are some tips to help you get your bike looking spick and span, while minimizing the risk of causing damage to your machine.
Let the cleaning agent do the work
Before you go crazy on an industrial level, spraying the bike with your chosen apparatus, remember you’re not cleaning an industrial oven. It’s a delicate piece of machinery that in many cases will have electronics open to the elements. Before you have even plugged the jet wash in, make sure you lather the bike with your chosen cleaning product and cover up any vulnerable spots, such as exposed wiring or air filters. Give it a few minutes to work its magic on all the dirt and grime in the nooks and crannies, that a sponge couldn’t reach.
Keep your distance
The last thing you want to do is blast away a layer of lacquer on the tank of your pride and joy, with a high pressured jet of water. So, make sure you keep a distance from the bike when spraying it. The best approach is to use the washer as a ‘rinsing’ device rather than a ‘washing device’. Which brings us to the next tip.
Use it as a rinser, not a sandblaster
With the cleaning agent successfully working its way into all of the dirt and grime on the bike, you can then, from a distance, rinse all of the dirty suds off the bike. Making sure you work from the top to the bottom.
As ever, we appreciate that not everyone would agree with these particular tips, but we thought we would throw our hat into the ring. What do you consider to be the best way to clean your bike? Why not visit us on social media @insidebikes