Re: Cleaning the front forks
In Florida, if you ride enough in the rain, it keeps the bike clean (enough!) and get ride of a lot of the love bugs. Once or twice a year I hit the rest of the bike with the hose, otherwise, that's as clean as it gets, except for the windshield.
Generally after a long ride, I leave a water soaked rag on the windshield and then wipe it clean in 15-30 minutes with a microfiber towel. Windshield still looks quite good and the rest of the bike looks a little grimy between washes...... More fun to ride then wash!
12 K1600 GTL
02 K1200 LT (gone but not forgotten)