BMW Luxury Touring Community - Reply to Topic
Thread: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats Reply to Thread
Title:
Message:
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the BMW Luxury Touring Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

  Topic Review (Newest First)
Jun 3rd, 2008 11:42 am
Merlin
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Quote:
Originally Posted by hallzee
A friend of mine showed me this trick.... Lemon Pledge, and a soft cloth. Works great, AND has that pleasant lemony aroma!


Are you using the Pledge on your windshield?
May 31st, 2008 4:22 pm
jayjacobson
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Quote:
Originally Posted by Morley
My local Home Depot carries Zep products.
I always did like H/D--I mean other than all the illegals you have to run over to get into the store!
Quote:
Originally Posted by dandiver
....I wax the front end of the bike (not windshield) several times and then leave the last coat on without buffing....
Yes, Dan! Me two. Talk about a conversation starter...."Hey dude....like what happened to ur bike, man....like." I find that if you wax the windshield also it REALLY confuses them....
Quote:
Originally Posted by cfell
....remember riding in the 70's during the "55 mph" nazi rules....
Correct me if I'm wrong, Channing, but weren't these the predecessors to the Kamera and anti-smoking Nazis?!
May 31st, 2008 6:57 am
DanDiver
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Quote:
Originally Posted by RVB1019
Come to think of it, a real BMW rider simply lets rain wash them little critter parts away.


A good coat of wax (left on and not polished off) on the body, allows the rain to do it's job on my bike. I really don't wash it often, prefer to be riding, and when it rains, recent bugs do seem to slide off...... I get the rest at the semi-annual wash.
May 30th, 2008 11:19 pm
wrmoss
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Quote:
Originally Posted by gpolakow
It would have been even easier if you had put the whole thing in your washing machine. Although the spin cycle might have been a bit noisy.
I am glad that someone else thinks like I do...
May 30th, 2008 10:32 pm
cfell
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Quote:
Originally Posted by RVB1019
Come to think of it, a real BMW rider simply lets rain wash them little critter parts away.


Man-o-man where has this been?

I remember riding in the 70's during the "55 mph" nazi rules. My uncle walked up to me and asked...
"You riding the speed limit?"

I replied:
"yes, sir..." before I could say "at least" he said:

"bugs don't do that at 55!" and simply walks away...
May 30th, 2008 10:22 pm
RVB1019
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Come to think of it, a real BMW rider simply lets rain wash them little critter parts away.


May 30th, 2008 8:50 pm
DanDiver
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Back to Love Bugs - Once everything is clean, during the Love Bug season, I wax the front end of the bike (not windshield) several times and then leave the last coat on without buffing. My bike is green and the wax just looks like a film of white dust. Bugs don't penetrate and simply hose off... Windshield, Just Water.
May 30th, 2008 6:45 pm
Morley
Re: Zep!

Quote:
Originally Posted by ArthurKnowles
Sounds like just what I need. So where can I buy the Zep products locally as I've not seen them previously.
My local Home Depot carries Zep products.
May 30th, 2008 3:30 pm
simoncharles
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Canīt say I approve of Rob using motel towels and then throwing them away.

It will give the rest of us bikers either a bad reputation or higher room fees.

Also, many establishments lease their towels and linen off the laundry, so at the end of the day the laundry loses out, not the hotel.
May 30th, 2008 1:56 pm
gpolakow
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

It would have been even easier if you had put the whole thing in your washing machine. Although the spin cycle might have been a bit noisy.
May 30th, 2008 1:49 pm
jayjacobson
Zep!

Quote:
Originally Posted by ArthurKnowles
Sounds like just what I need. So where can I buy the Zep products locally as I've not seen them previously.
Yes, I have never seen them at the local "evil" super center. Not cheap but works great.

http://www.zep.com/products/products.aspx?
May 30th, 2008 1:36 pm
ArthurKnowles
Re: Zep!

Quote:
Originally Posted by jayjacobson
Speaking up Zep.....ever tried it on oil stains on a concrete driveway? Amazing! Oil long gone....
Sounds like just what I need. So where can I buy the Zep products locally as I've not seen them previously.
May 30th, 2008 1:04 pm
jayjacobson
Zep!

Quote:
Originally Posted by rattler50
....We have some detergent from Zep at work that we use in our parts washer.....
Speaking up Zep.....ever tried it on oil stains on a concrete driveway? Amazing! Oil long gone....
May 30th, 2008 6:30 am
rattler50
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Morley is right. Laundry detergent is caustic. We have some detergent from Zep at work that we use in our parts washer. The dust from it will choke you but man, does it clean up aluminum and steel parts!!.......
May 30th, 2008 12:14 am
Morley
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Laundry detergent should never be used on auto paint, unless you are washing it prior to sanding it down for a repaint. Laundry detergent is so harsh that it not only removes any wax on your vehicle, it also draws out the oils in the paint, drying it out and can cause it to crack, check and/or spiderweb.
May 29th, 2008 12:09 pm
jayjacobson
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

FW-1 containing carnauba. The front of my bike is so "slick" that bugs just bounce off rarely leaving anything more than a small mark. A can easily fits in your saddle bags and makes a bucket and water obsolete.
May 29th, 2008 11:07 am
Lonewuff
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Danno,

You have Love Bugs in Florida too?!?!?!?!?! I thought those were reserved for us southern Texas riders. I had never even heard of them until I moved to the Houston area and my first Ultra got hundreds of them on a RTE. I didn't wash them off right away and you should have seen my forks when I finally got around to washing them off. Ruined!!! I could see spots on the finish of the plastic where the wax was gone. Anything that wasn't chrome or rubber was slowing being eaten away. Nasty bug to have to live with...twice a year. Now I carry a small spray bottle of Wash & Wax All and spritz down the forks at every fill up. I know I should go with the chrome forks, but Momma has other ideas.
May 29th, 2008 10:03 am
Idofotos
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

OK my 2 cents worth, In arkansas 2 years ago I had a guy tell me use baby wipes, I found some last month when bringing my LT home, & they work great, they do seem to leave some residue but with regular winsheild cleaner it looks brand new, but for something to carry on the bike for fill up cleanings it works pretty well
May 29th, 2008 9:53 am
ibbones
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

I'm scared to even post this but I use...errr...I ..uh.. I use...Honda spray Polish! OK, I said it. That's right, I spray on the Honda Spray polish and let it set for about a minute and then wipe them off. A nice soft towel or a microfiber one and just rub them off and when you are through, there is a nice clean wax job done.
May 28th, 2008 9:49 am
DanDiver
Soak a towel and let it sit, hava drink, then hose or wipe off

What many have said for bug removal. If the bugs are relatively fresh after a day of riding, simply soak a few old towels ( I keep several just for this purpose) with water and let them remain on the windshield and other front end areas for about 15-20 minutes. It's that simple. Everything will then easily wipe off of if I'm in the mood, hose off. No soap or special material, just water. Works on the Love Bugs of Florida and they will literally eat into whatever they are on if left for too long.
May 27th, 2008 4:32 pm
11862
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Several motels have handed over rags & expressed appreciation to me for not using their good towels on my bike.
May 27th, 2008 3:09 pm
hopz
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

At the Fall gathering in Torrey, UT last year I checked into the Days Inn and on the Main Desk they had a stack of old towels and a nicely printed sign saying Towels for Motorcycle Cleaning.

I was impressed, or should I say wiped out.
May 27th, 2008 2:52 pm
PMitchell
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Quote:
Originally Posted by RVB1019
When on LD road trips, I've used hand towels from the motel I'm staying at and soaked them in super HOT water and then placed it directly on the windshield. After the towel cools, the bug guts come right off .

I then throw the towel away so as not to have the next guest dry their hands with a formally bug encrusted towel.

I've gone to the housekeeping office and asked if they have any towel "rags" with my specific purpose. I have been obliged many times and they just throw them away from there! Sometimes they even come out to watch me clean up the bike
May 27th, 2008 1:22 pm
oknplm
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

I just use "Rejex" on my LT, vehicles and RV. Reduces the amount of road grime that sticks in the first place. Bugs and road grime rinse right off with just plain water. In a good rain, it cleans itself of bugs and grime. Best application method is to strip bike of other wax applications. Apply and let cure for 12 hours. It was developed for the airplane industry.

http://www.rejex.com/

May we never find the end of the road!

Perry Ridgway

oknplm
May 27th, 2008 11:59 am
ArthurKnowles
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

I just use a spray bottle with tap water. Give the front a heavy spritz, wait few minutes, then wipe with a microfiber towel. Clean as new.

I buy the towels in 25 piece bulk and wash them as needed. I thow out any I use that might have embedded particles in them from cleaning.
May 27th, 2008 11:54 am
gfspencer
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Quote:
Originally Posted by hopz
Maybe I am just in a mood this morning but it seems to me you are over thinking this...

If you want to clean the bugs off your bike.... get a soft cloth and wet it with hot or warm water. Wipe the bugged area with the cloth. Move on to the next area. By the time you come back to the first area the bugs will be soft enough to wipe off.
Or you can take a warm, damp cloth and let it sit on the wind screen for a few minutes. The bug guts get come right off.
May 27th, 2008 10:20 am
ChasnRacin
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

I always use a pair of my DW's old panty hose balled up. Works great and doesn't scratch.
May 27th, 2008 9:28 am
hallzee
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

A friend of mine showed me this trick.... Lemon Pledge, and a soft cloth. Works great, AND has that pleasant lemony aroma!
May 27th, 2008 9:16 am
GolfGuy
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Quote:
Originally Posted by dlbushey
That's my usual method of bug removal. I use the micro fiber towels that you can get at Sam's or Costco. I usually carry a few with me in the saddle bags just for that purpose.
What they said! Bugs come off faster than they arrived!
May 27th, 2008 9:09 am
Lonewuff
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

When I am at home I have my very own towels, lovingly given to me by my wife, after she caught me in her hamper one time looking for the oldest towels I could find, so she decided it was either loose a few towels she didn't mind losing, or a complete loss of her good towel inventory.

While I am on the road, Super 8 and Best Western hotels are great about giving you a bucket of water and a bunch of towels (a lot of Best Western's have set up bike wash stations now). I just soak a towel, lay it over the plastic a couple of minutes, then wipe off. I go over the bike with some Wash & Wax All and I am done, washed and waxed in about 15 to 20 minutes.
May 27th, 2008 8:57 am
hopz
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Maybe I am just in a mood this morning but it seems to me you are over thinking this...

If you want to clean the bugs off your bike.... get a soft cloth and wet it with hot or warm water. Wipe the bugged area with the cloth. Move on to the next area. By the time you come back to the first area the bugs will be soft enough to wipe off.

Most motels have old towels they supply for this purpose. Just ask the desk clerk when you check in. Chances are they will give you several just to keep you from ruining the good wash cloth.
May 27th, 2008 7:36 am
quickbeemer
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Vinegar and water 50-50 works great too!
May 27th, 2008 7:19 am
ben1364
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike_H
WWMD? That's what I was thinking as I stared at the jillions of dead bugs splatted on my LT this evening. WWMD - What Would McGuyver Do?

My LT was in dire need of a bath, having just returned from a 600 miler in insect infested nothern Wisconsin. I was out of bug remover, the stores were closed for the night, and I needed a solution.

As I sometimes do when confronted with a situation that needs an improvised response, I thought WWMD.

Well, I thought, the problem is bugs and how to effectively remove them using something I had in my house. I started looking in cabinets, closets and drawers. Bourbon? No way. Guiness? Ditto. Hair spray? Nope. Crisco? Not gonna work. Laundry detergent? Nope.....wait a minute.

What are bugs made of? Protein, mostly. What does laundry detergent dissolve? Bits of protein in the form of meatballs, steak, milk, eggs, etc. that land on your pants and shirt. It oughta work on bugs.

I dissolved a couple of scoops in a quart of warm water. After spraying water on the LT I used a clean fleece mitt to apply the water/detergent solution, twice, on the areas that had bug splats, including the windshield. Then I rinsed it with cold water and washed the entire bike using the usual car wash soap and water.

Success! The water/detergent solution was flawless, even better than the bug remover stuff I usually buy from the auto parts store, BMW dealer or Wally World. And very inexpensive.

A couple of tips in case you try this method of bug removal: Don't let it dry and wash a cool bike in the shade.
Water works well too! Dishwashing detergent (Dawn brand for one) also does an excellent job of removing old wax preparatory to polishing and waxing painted surfaces.
May 27th, 2008 7:04 am
messenger13
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Quote:
Originally Posted by ironbuttwannabe
Do you still use hot water and detergent with the dryer sheet? I'm guessing so.
Yes sir...
Just a very small amount of detergent on the dryer sheet.
May 27th, 2008 7:03 am
dlbushey
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Quote:
Originally Posted by RVB1019
Towels soaked in super HOT water and then placed directly on the windshield. After the towel cools, the bug guts come right off
That's my usual method of bug removal. I use the micro fiber towels that you can get at Sam's or Costco. I usually carry a few with me in the saddle bags just for that purpose.
May 27th, 2008 6:00 am
RVB1019
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

When on LD road trips, I've used hand towels from the motel I'm staying at and soaked them in super HOT water and then placed it directly on the windshield. After the towel cools, the bug guts come right off .

I then throw the towel away so as not to have the next guest dry their hands with a formally bug encrusted towel.
May 27th, 2008 5:15 am
ironbuttwannabe
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Quote:
Originally Posted by messenger13
If you REALLY want to see some great results removing bugs, try this! Use a dryer sheet instead of your fleece mitt. There's something about a dryer sheet that just makes those dead bugs jump off that shield. Channing (aka 'cfell') showed me this trick while I was down in Texas last Spring. I'm still amazed by the results.
Do you still use hot water and detergent with the dryer sheet? I'm guessing so.
May 27th, 2008 2:25 am
messenger13
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

If you REALLY want to see some great results removing bugs, try this! Use a dryer sheet instead of your fleece mitt. There's something about a dryer sheet that just makes those dead bugs jump off that shield. Channing (aka 'cfell') showed me this trick while I was down in Texas last Spring. I'm still amazed by the results.
May 26th, 2008 11:45 pm
Mike_H
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Quote:
Only downside: Whatever coat of wax you had on the bike is gone with the bugs
Good point, and true also with many bug removers that have a distilled petroluem base.

I usually do a quick re-wax after bug removal, although the tupperware isn't prone to rusting.
May 26th, 2008 11:09 pm
Wolfgang
Re: Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike_H
WWMD? That's what I was thinking as I stared at the jillions of dead bugs splatted on my LT this evening. WWMD - What Would McGuyver Do?

My LT was in dire need of a bath, having just returned from a 600 miler in insect infested nothern Wisconsin. I was out of bug remover, the stores were closed for the night, and I needed a solution.

As I sometimes do when confronted with a situation that needs an improvised response, I thought WWMD.

Well, I thought, the problem is bugs and how to effectively remove them using something I had in my house. I started looking in cabinets, closets and drawers. Bourbon? No way. Guiness? Ditto. Hair spray? Nope. Crisco? Not gonna work. Laundry detergent? Nope.....wait a minute.

What are bugs made of? Protein, mostly. What does laundry detergent dissolve? Bits of protein in the form of meatballs, steak, milk, eggs, etc. that land on your pants and shirt. It oughta work on bugs.

I dissolved a couple of scoops in a quart of warm water. After spraying water on the LT I used a clean fleece mitt to apply the water/detergent solution, twice, on the areas that had bug splats, including the windshield. Then I rinsed it with cold water and washed the entire bike using the usual car wash soap and water.

Success! The water/detergent solution was flawless, even better than the bug remover stuff I usually buy from the auto parts store, BMW dealer or Wally World. And very inexpensive.

A couple of tips in case you try this method of bug removal: Don't let it dry and wash a cool bike in the shade.
Only downside: Whatever coat of wax you had on the bike is gone with the bugs...
May 26th, 2008 11:01 pm
Mike_H
Excellent Way To Remove Bug Splats

WWMD? That's what I was thinking as I stared at the jillions of dead bugs splatted on my LT this evening. WWMD - What Would McGuyver Do?

My LT was in dire need of a bath, having just returned from a 600 miler in insect infested nothern Wisconsin. I was out of bug remover, the stores were closed for the night, and I needed a solution.

As I sometimes do when confronted with a situation that needs an improvised response, I thought WWMD.

Well, I thought, the problem is bugs and how to effectively remove them using something I had in my house. I started looking in cabinets, closets and drawers. Bourbon? No way. Guiness? Ditto. Hair spray? Nope. Crisco? Not gonna work. Laundry detergent? Nope.....wait a minute.

What are bugs made of? Protein, mostly. What does laundry detergent dissolve? Bits of protein in the form of meatballs, steak, milk, eggs, etc. that land on your pants and shirt. It oughta work on bugs.

I dissolved a couple of scoops in a quart of warm water. After spraying water on the LT I used a clean fleece mitt to apply the water/detergent solution, twice, on the areas that had bug splats, including the windshield. Then I rinsed it with cold water and washed the entire bike using the usual car wash soap and water.

Success! The water/detergent solution was flawless, even better than the bug remover stuff I usually buy from the auto parts store, BMW dealer or Wally World. And very inexpensive.

A couple of tips in case you try this method of bug removal: Don't let it dry and wash a cool bike in the shade.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome