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post #1 of 12 Old Apr 29th, 2012, 6:38 pm Thread Starter
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I just took delivery of this product. I rode about 100 miles today and hit quite a few bugs. When I got home I gave bugslide a try and was happy with it. It seemed to take the bugs and guts off pretty well.


http://www.bugslide.com/

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post #2 of 12 Old Apr 29th, 2012, 7:11 pm
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Re: Bug removal

I've found that a hot, wet towel laid on the windscreen/fairing for a few minutes does a pretty decent job also.
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I just weave around them when I see them headed my way.

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I just weave around them when I see them headed my way.


I'd love to see ya ride in Florida when the love bugs are out!!

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Glad to see that Bugslide works for you. My friend uses it on his H-D and he really likes it.

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I'd love to see ya ride in Florida when the love bugs are out!!
I got smacked with them on Friday. What a %^&# mess.... I just couldn't weave fast enough!

Reading the literature, it sounds pretty good. I've never been one to use the waterless cleaners because I just can't get over not rinsing first. Seems like you would be rubbing dirt and bug stuff into the paint or clearcoat.

The literature also said to spray the product all over the engine and NOT wipe off. Makes it shine. Might be a fun product to play with.

Most of the time around Florida, when the Love Bugs are in season, I'll apply several coats of wax and not wipe off the final coat. It doesn't look very good, but after a day of riding, after soaking the remains with a wet towel, they all just wipe off. This product might be good for the areas where you have limited access and can spray and just leave on.

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I'd love to see ya ride in Florida when the love bugs are out!!
I used to live in Florida so I know better than to go there when the love bugs are swarming.

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My father taught me years ago that baking soda paste (or sprinkle some on a wet sponge) works wonders. Bugs wipe right off and no problem with paint on even windshields. Downside it that the rinse is critical to get it all off or a white powder residue shows up

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I just took delivery of this product. I rode about 100 miles today and hit quite a few bugs. When I got home I gave bugslide a try and was happy with it. It seemed to take the bugs and guts off pretty well.


http://www.bugslide.com/
Water and a soft towel works for me.
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Spray bottle h2o and micro fiber towel.
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Re: Bug removal

I bought a Cal-Sci windshield for my K1600 and it included a small bottle of their recommended wash fluid. I've previously used just a water soaked towel, but gave it a try and I was quite pleased.

It is just a mixture of ammonia, alcohol, car wash and water. I've been using it for the last 6 months and it really does work well.

Here are the directions from their web site:

Makes 1 quart = 1 liter windshield washing fluid

1/2 cup = 100ml ammonia (double this if you have a lot of bugs)
2 cups = 400ml isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
1.5 tsp = 8ml car wash detergent (don't substitute dish soap or laundry detergent)
2 cups = 500ml water
We recommend using only micro-fiber cleaning towels on your windshield

On my K1200LT I only used water and after about 50,000 miles, the windshield still looked pretty good.

I'm using this Cal-Sci mixture occasionally and it seems to do a quick job of the bugs.

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Straight hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle. Spray on and let stand for a few seconds and watch the bug guts foam. Cleaning from there is easy with a soft cloth. No damage to plastics or paint.

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