Originally Posted by CharlieVT
Plexus is really good.
But for the whole bike kinda spensive, I save it for the windscreen and face shields.
At home, warm soapy water is cheaper.
On the road when Plexus isn't at hand, Pledge furniture polish works to clean the bike without water.
What am I talking about?.... you don't need to clean the bike. Bugs and road grime are good.
You're right. I wasn't "detailed" enough. I use Plexus (or Novus 1) on the windscreen and helmet faceshield only.
I wash the bike with S-100. I have used S-100 for many years. After rinsing, I dry the bike with microfiber cloths.
About once or twice a year, I put 100% Carnauba wax on the faring and the other plastic and painted metal parts. The brand I use is Mother's. It is a hard paste in a flat can. As far as I know Carnauba wax is the same, whatever brand you use.
If I am in a hurry, I use ProtectAll for a quick no-wash cleanup and polish. I don't use it on the windscreen or faceshield. Important: make sure your bike is cool and reasonably clean when you put it on. The local dealer uses it to "freshen up" bikes that are brought in for service.
I don't use ProtectAll very often, because I don't understand how it can remove the dust and grime without scratching the plastic parts. I also wonder whether some of the dust and grime gets "sealed" in with the wax that it applies.
I have some other bottles of stuff around. Most of them I won in a drawing or got free by redeeming a coupon. I don't use them often, mostly 'cause they don't seem any better than what I normally use.
BMW Insect Remover.
I don't know what solvents are in it, but I can smell them. I've tried it on the windscreen and the faring. It does the job, but then so does a good soaking with water. Maybe we don't have as many sticky insects here as they do in other parts of the country.
BMW Motorcycle Detailer.
Similar to ProtectAll, but in a trigger spray bottle instead of a pressurized can. I think I like the ProtectAll better, but only by a little bit. One of these days I'll try a left-side right-side comparison and let you know.
S-100 Wheel Cleaner.
I think it is the same stuff as S-100, but in a "gel" form so it sticks to your wheels. Whatever they claim, I promise you that it will leave brake dust behind after you rinse it off. A good rag and a little work is the only way I know to get wheels clean and the brake dust off.
Best Answer - Keep Your Bike Out of the Sun:
It doesn't matter how much you protect and clean your bike. Nothing will age your bike like the sun. If you have to park it outside often, get a cover. The cover may take a beating, but it is easy and cheap to replace.