Keeping Used Motorcycle Parts As Good As New
by: Granny's Mettle
Even with regular maintenance and upkeep, our motorcycles
tend to get used and subjected to different elements in the
environment. To keep used motorcycle parts as good as the
day when we first bought them, regular washing and rinsing
will do the trick.
But you should take note how you do your washing. You might
scratch parts of your motorcycle.
Top Rule: Avoid scratches.
Scratches are the biggest enemy of any bike's finish. The
secret of keeping your used motorcycle parts as good as new
is to avoid scratches in your motorcycle. Dirt and grime when
rubbed in while washing or drying, act as sandpaper and will
definitely dull the brilliance of your bike's paint.
To avoid scratching your bike, first, you need to remember
that anything that comes in contact with your motorcycle's
finish should be made of soft material. Take care that no
harsh or rough surfaces will be able to connect with any part
of your motorcycle. Zippers are the worst offenders.
Use only clean, freshly washed cotton cloths or towels to
dry your bike after washing. When you need to put on any application
to make your bike shine, again use the clean cotton cloths
and towels. Rinse thoroughly the sponges or wash mitts, as
well as the bucket, before and after washing your bike to
remove any dirt or grime.
One of the best advice I got from a used motorcycle parts
site was to separate my bike's areas into normal and rough
areas when washing. I usually consider the painted surfaces
as normal areas, while the tires, engine, and inner fenders
are the rough areas. I use different wash mitts and sponges
for each area to keep dirt and grime away from the sensitive
areas. This way, scratching would be avoided.
Use also a gentle stream of water when rinsing, rather than
high water pressure that comes from the hose. The high pressure
of water will cause dirt to grind further into the paint,
causing scratches along with other worse problems. And remember
to use generous amounts of water when rinsing. Dirt that causes
scratch will easily float away with enough water used.
When washing your bike
Use lots of water, but without the high pressure. Totally
avoid using pressure washers. Instead let the water flow freely
by detaching the nozzle from the hose.
Along with the generous amount of water, use detergents designed
specifically for motorcycle washing. Ordinary detergent tends
to remove the wax that we want to try to keep. Simply mix
the detergent according to the directions and go for it. Just
make sure you rinse each section soon after applying the detergent
so that no soap film will develop. It is difficult to get
rid of the soap film when it dries up.
After washing, rinse, rinse, and rinse some more. Rinse everywhere.
Every nook and cranny should be rinsed of soap.
Lastly, wash your motorcycle without bright sunlight. Soap
suds can easily dry from the heat. Ideal time of the day would
be in the late afternoon or early morning when the sun is
not so strong.
About The Author
Granny's Mettle is a 30-something, professional web content
writer. She has created various web content on a diverse range
of topics, which includes digital printing topics, medical
news, as well as legal issues. Her articles are composed of
reviews, suggestions, tips and more for the printing and designing
Her thoughts on writing: "Writing gives me pleasure
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On her spare time, she loves to stay at home, reading books
on just about any topic she fancies, cooking a great meal,
and taking care of her husband and kids.
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