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post #1 of 6 Old Apr 15th, 2009, 3:42 pm Thread Starter
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After moving down to FL from PA, I was then told that there is this creature called the "lovebug" and it has two seasons (showings) per year. Further, they come in zillions, love the highway, clog radiators, and melt your paint.

True? And do they grease up the roads? Do their guts eat paint? Do they clog the radiators? Do I park the bikes during this time??

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post #2 of 6 Old Apr 15th, 2009, 3:55 pm
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Re: Lovebugs

I don't know 'bout you but would not want to hit a "Love bug"


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post #3 of 6 Old Apr 15th, 2009, 6:02 pm
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Re: Lovebugs

They wash right off...

Hose out the radiator.


And go kill a few thousand more...

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Re: Lovebugs

They are icky.

The best thing to "cut" their gutz and exoskeleton is to use some regular Marine soap (for washing boats} and then use a regular "Dryer fabric softener sheet" to GENTLY massage the mass off the paint, windscreen, etc.
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Re: Lovebugs

They are real hard on paint...wax helps, but only to get them off easier. Their guts are very corrosive and do a number on bare metal too. They need to be washed off as quick as possible and you do not want to leave them on overnight. Yes they will clog a radiator if you run into a real thick mass of them...which does happen. I clogged mine up on a trip one time due to a butterfly migration. Was finding butterfly parts a year later.

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Re: Lovebugs

Do not let them stay on anything you value more than a few hours. I have found that a good coat of wax not buffed off, on all possible contact points allows them to come off pretty easily after a day of riding, after a good freshwater soak. Give them a good soak for about 15 minutes and then wipe off. Good steady summer rain works wonders too.

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