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post #1 of 24 Old Jun 14th, 2006, 4:56 pm Thread Starter
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What to clean an LT with??

I have heard of a cleaner made by Honda to clean a bike with. I was told you can clean everything from the pipes to the windshield but not sure which product it is. I have seen a Hondagloss and a Hondabrite anyone know of these products. If so give me your opinion or suggestion for something else to use to clean the LT with.

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post #2 of 24 Old Jun 14th, 2006, 5:07 pm
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I just use good old soap and water....

Car wash soap of course...

Wax her up every 6 months or so and you're good to go...

If you're not someplace where it's convenient to wash it then you're on the road and it supposed to be dirty and have bugs and stuff on it...

Some say you can clean it with Pledge or something like that.

I'm not obsessive about it so I just leave it dirty till I get back home..

Then out with the bucket, sponge and hose...No pressure washing allowed....

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Honda Pro Spray Cleaner and Polish is what you are probably referring to. It is in a Black and White Can with Pink Lettering. $4.95 from my local Honda Dealer. I also use 210 Plastic Cleaner/Polish which is in a White Can with Blue 210 and Red Plastic Cleaner/Polish lettering. It also has a Diamond picture.

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Dish soap nad hot water.I use my extra soft boat brush,rinse it off good with hose and chamois dry.I prefer drying with an air hode but don't have a compressor since we moved.
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Thumbs up Honda Cleaners!

I have tried numerous cleaners, but I have been using the Honda Glare Professional Polish 2x a year and then I use, the above mentioned, Honda Spray Cleaner and Polish in between major cleanings....when I am unable to ride of course!!

I have found that the Polish and cleaner take the bugs and road grime off the best....and keep them from "cooking" on.

On the Windshield I use nothing but hot water and soap.


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I've always liked Cycle Care products better than Honda's shtuff.

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Honda Pro Spray Cleaner. Great stuff, works on windshields too!
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Honda Pro Spray Cleaner and Polish is what you are probably referring to. It is in a Black and White Can with Pink Lettering. $4.95 from my local Honda Dealer.
I like the Mothers products for a good cleaning and wax. However, the above mentioned Pro Spray is excellent for a good in between shine. But only after you wash the grit off the bike first!

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Take the time and read through THIS THREAD. Nick Plenzick distributes a line of products called ProtectAll. I bought a couple bottles at GMR, and I like it more than Honda Cleaner. And I've been using that stuff for years. Send Nick a PM, and tell him that messenger13 sent ya.
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Car soap for the paint and Simple Green for the aluminum.
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Rain

a good 8-10 rain ride should get all the big stuff off.
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I like Crystal Glo's stuff - wash and polishes.

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I really like Plexus for an after wash polish or between wash maintenance. I use it on everything.
Awhile back there was a thread about a brake dust repellant type stuff for the wheels---did anyone try it out?

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Bugs in the radiators

Greetings people.

I've noticed a slow but steady build-up of bugs beginning to decompose on my radiators. Now, is this something I should begin to think about how to clean out in some manner?

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I have been using Blue coral bike brite for years. It can be used on all surfaces on the bike and is environmentally friendly.

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I use BP truck wash to clean everything automotive here.
it is streak free and no need to chamois dry.
i buy it at bp truck stops in 4 lite containers.
love the stuff.
i wash meself in it every night just like i put jb weld on my cerial in the mornings
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One problem I have not been able to lick are the water spots on the tip-over wings. Armor-All did not work, I am thinking about trying tire & bumper dressing. Any other suggestions.

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One problem I have not been able to lick are the water spots on the tip-over wings. Any other suggestions.
There's a joke there somewhere!!!

Mine were pretty cruddy after a longish trip in some lousy wx, and while Cheryl wuzn't lookin', I stuck 'em in the top rack of the dishwasher. That Jet-Dry stuff musta worked, cuz they came outta there lookin' brand new and spiffy. I'd caution ya to use the mildest setting on the washer, and remove 'em before the heat/drying element has a chance at 'em. Do this at your own risk, tho - ymmv!

Before I put 'em back on Toad, I wiped 'em good with Brillianize, which makes 'em easier to clean the next time they git cruddy. Onliest prollem is, makes the rest of ole Toad look kinda grundgy, so then I had to do some more detailin' work - I'd rather ride.
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I will give that try.

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One problem I have not been able to lick are the water spots on the tip-over wings. Armor-All did not work, I am thinking about trying tire & bumper dressing. Any other suggestions.
White vinegar will remove the water spots. It is a natural environmentally friendly low grade acid. It will pit and erode the wax,so re wax after you use it. If you have access to a restaurant supply house ,citric acid is the answer. It comes in 1 pound bags as a powder. Two teaspoons in a pint of water and you have the best hard water spot remover available. Great on the shower doors as well if you don't have a water softener.

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One problem I have not been able to lick are the water spots on the tip-over wings. Armor-All did not work, I am thinking about trying tire & bumper dressing. Any other suggestions.

I use "Back to Black". Works great.

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I use S-100 on everything. Works great, just rinse it off.

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My favorite subject. As Joe pointed out ( thanks Joe) you can read about this subject on my site in the vendors forum. Things not to use, 409, Simple Green, dish soaps, or any other products that would be close to any of these. Oh, and I forgot no pressure washer.
If you must use water to wash your bike then I would suggest any quality car wash that makes lots of suds.
I rarely wash my bike with a hose, instead I use a product that we sell called Protect All Quick and easy Wash. Mix some up, spray on, wipe off with a clean rag. That simple, use on the whole bike .
For polish I use ( and sell) Protect All Polish...spray on wipe off. Use on every part of the bike except the tires.
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I also might add that frequent cleanings are a must. If I'm riding everyday I'll spend 10 -15 minutes once a week or so cleaning the bike, but then again I might spend and hour or more depending how bad the week went. You see for me it's kind of therapeutic!
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