Frequent, thorough cleaning of your motorcycle will not only enhance its appearance but will improve its general performance and extend the useful life of many components.



• Improper cleaning can damage the cowlings, panels and other plastic parts. Use only a soft, clean cloth or sponge with mild detergent and water to clean plastic.

• Do not use any harsh chemical products on plastic parts. Be sure to avoid using cloths or sponges which have been in contact with strong or abrasive cleaning products, solvent or thinner, fuel (gasoline), rust removers or inhibitors, brake fluid, antifreeze or electrolyte.

1. Before cleaning the motorcycle:

a. Block off the end of the exhaust pipes to prevent water entry; a plastic bag and strong rubber band may be used.

b. Make sure the spark plugs and all filler caps are properly installed.

2. If the engine case is excessively greasy, apply degreaser with a paint brush. Do not apply degreaser to wheel axles.

3. Rinse the dirt and degreaser off with a garden hose. Use only enough pressure to do the job.


Excessive hose pressure may cause water seepage and deterioration of wheel bearings, front fork, brakes, transmission seals and electrical parts.

Many expensive repair bills have resulted from improper high pressure detergent applications such as those available in coin-operated car washers.

4. After riding on salted roads, wash the motorcycle with cold water immediately. Do not use warm water as it increases the chemical reaction of the salt.

5. Once the majority of the dirt has been hosed off, wash all surfaces with warm water and mild, deter-gent-type soap. An old toothbrush or bottle brush is handy for hard-to-get-at places.

6. Rinse the motorcycle off immediately with clean towel or soft absorbent cloth.

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