Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: New Berlin, WI, USA
Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats
WWMD? That's what I was thinking as I stared at the jillions of dead bugs splatted on my LT this evening. WWMD - What Would McGuyver Do?
My LT was in dire need of a bath, having just returned from a 600 miler in insect infested nothern Wisconsin. I was out of bug remover, the stores were closed for the night, and I needed a solution.
As I sometimes do when confronted with a situation that needs an improvised response, I thought WWMD.
Well, I thought, the problem is bugs and how to effectively remove them using something I had in my house. I started looking in cabinets, closets and drawers. Bourbon? No way. Guiness? Ditto. Hair spray? Nope. Crisco? Not gonna work. Laundry detergent? Nope.....wait a minute.
What are bugs made of? Protein, mostly. What does laundry detergent dissolve? Bits of protein in the form of meatballs, steak, milk, eggs, etc. that land on your pants and shirt. It oughta work on bugs.
I dissolved a couple of scoops in a quart of warm water. After spraying water on the LT I used a clean fleece mitt to apply the water/detergent solution, twice, on the areas that had bug splats, including the windshield. Then I rinsed it with cold water and washed the entire bike using the usual car wash soap and water.
Success! The water/detergent solution was flawless, even better than the bug remover stuff I usually buy from the auto parts store, BMW dealer or Wally World. And very inexpensive.
A couple of tips in case you try this method of bug removal: Don't let it dry and wash a cool bike in the shade.
Inside my 60 year old body is a 35 year old brain wondering what the hell happened.
2005 Suzuki Burgman