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Cicadas ... they're coming

After 17 years they will return in the next week or so......if you have ever had one splatter on your wind screen or helmet shield......yuck

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Re: Cicadas ... they're coming

That sounds horrible, I guess I'll take our cold Michigan weather!

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Re: Cicadas ... they're coming

Shudda been here by now with the warm temps, but it's going down to 30 tonight so maybe they will be flash frozen!

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Re: Cicadas ... they're coming

During the semi-annual Love Bug season around here, which has started, I coat all front exposed areas of the bike with several coats of wax and don't wipe off the last one.

Bugs easily come off of the bike with a little water hose action. Most seem to go over the top of the windshield and only occasionally hit my face plate or helmet. I would not ride without a windshield.

If I forget the coat of wax, then either a soaking towel (hot water seems to help) for 15 minutes or hydrogen peroxide.

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A spray bottle of peroxide is your friend during bug season (love bug or cicada).
Spray the bugs on the windscreen and body panels, let them absorb the peroxide for a few minutes, then wipe away with a soft damp cloth.

The peroxide dissolves' the bugs into a soapy consistency that won't scratch the shield or panels.

BTW, June Bugs hurt more than cicadas imnsho...
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Shudda been here by now with the warm temps, but it's going down to 30 tonight so maybe they will be flash frozen!
suppose to be lower 40s here tonite.....


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Thanks for the bug-removal advice. I've come back from two day trips here in New Orleans with a bike COATED with these dang things. Took forever to get them cleaned off. Nasty little bastiges. This is at Steve Shreeve's house in Austin. He gave me a bucket of hot, soapy water; worked well.


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Is it 17 years already.
I was working the last time they came through. Yes it was much warmer than right now. But then my commute was car bound so I had to take my little one to show her what they were. I recall they favor certain trees. A few got through to the area but mostly the south west burbs and the cemetery. Forgot how long was the visit.
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Thanks for the bug-removal advice. I've come back from two day trips here in New Orleans with a bike COATED with these dang things. Took forever to get them cleaned off. Nasty little bastiges. This is at Steve Shreeve's house in Austin. He gave me a bucket of hot, soapy water; worked well.

What did YOU look like Howard?

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Re: Cicadas ... they're coming

Won't those little buggers be surprised.

The world has changed a lot in the last 17 years.

No more Sadaam.
US has a black president.
A US president was impeached and stayed in office.
Same sex marriage is being approved all over the world.
The World Trade Centers are gone.
No one has a Walkman nor cassettes anymore.
Cell phones are everywhere.
Smart phones.
High speed internet.
Princess Diana died.
The Red Sox won the World Series.
Google.
Tsunami in Japan.
The EU and the Euro.
the International Space Station
Floppy discs are gone. The USB storage drive is here.

In addition, those insects have to watch out for me. Last time they were here, I was taking a break from riding.

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I had several on my helmet, boots, and lower legs. When they started getting thick I put the windscreen up so I wouldn't have them on my helmet visor, but a few still got through. Yuck.

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Love bug guts become acidic in the hot sun and will pit your paint, so get them off asap.

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I had several on my helmet, boots, and lower legs. When they started getting thick I put the windscreen up so I wouldn't have them on my helmet visor, but a few still got through. Yuck.
What happened to your windshield wiper
No mod for that as yet. Perhaps the washer fluid should come first. I took Dan D advice with the wax a couple coats, did my fall trip and when I returned everything was dandy. The rinse was easy.
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In our part of the world we get these chappies
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melolontha
I had a few SPLAT on my visor, the last one yesterday, it hit like a cow-pat and gave me whiplash.
A bit rare these days but there used to be godzillions of the buggers, in south Germany they get made into soup or candies.
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