Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Dallas, TX, USA
Re: bug removal
WD-40 works wonders, but I have no idea whether it also removes the wax. Dave's hydrogen peroxide is a neat idea, but it can fade colors on cloth or leather if not treated and if you aren't careful to rinse thoroughly (and again, I don't know what that does to waxed surfaces). Using dish detergent on motorcycles or cars is a guaranteed way to remove bugs...and protective coatings of surface wax...so if you use any of the above methods, make sure to follow up with a re-application of your favorite polish and then re-wax (I am a big fan of the Turtle Wax ICE products lately, you can put the stuff on plastics, over stickers, on vinyl, on the dash, anything).
+1 on the advice above regarding dryer sheets--use very gentle pressure if you're gonna' use them to avoid scratching, and only use USED dryer sheets--the brand new ones straight out of the box are often stiff enough to scratch or cause swirl marks.
I usually just throw a large towel over the front end, soak it with a hose, let it sit while I do the wheels with a sponge different than the one I use for the rest of the bike, and by the time I get to the front of the bike, they are soft enough to wipe off.