this has to be one of those trick questions ... right ...
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So I gotta ask do you..</TD></TR></TABLE>
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Eagle One Wet wipe & shine...religously. Cleaning my bike (and my cars) is worse than a bad drug addiction. FWIW, I saw an older (mid'90's) 750 SS with the half fairing and it was soooo nasty I was embarrased for the guy. Couldn't believe someone would ride a Duc, any Duc looking like that.
I think most of us here are the same way! It's actually ironic that I just got this 97 916 with 20k on the clock and I have only had the chance to ride it around the block (broken leg). The previous owner was a clean freak like my self. Need less to say its spotless! Other than the normal stone bruises! But clean!!!! OH my god!
Not the best shot But more to come! Once the wheels arrive!
I didn't fall into any category in the poll, but the closest one was once a week. I'm a fanatic about avoiding scratches of any kind, even those very small ones that happen over time from regular cleaning, so I don't like to touch the finish unless I have to.
I like to take longer rides and this inevitably results in an embarassingly dirty bike, so I always do a complete top to bottom clean after a long ride.
The products I like best are:
1. S100 Total Cycle Cleaner for overall cleaning.
2. Plexus to polish
3. Kerosene to clean the chain
4. Chain wax to lube chain
5. A synthetic chamois to wipe water off bike before polishing
6. Honda cleaner on seat and windshield
Here is a picture of my Honda VFR 800 I sold this spring to buy a 749s
. I loved the VFR, especially with the Two Bros pipe, but was smitten by the Duc. I have about 300kms on the Duc and will be cleaning it for the first time very soon. I find it usually takes me a while to develop a cleaning strategy for every bike. Some of the biggest problems are how to avoid taking the bike completely apart to get at the nooks and crannies and how to avoid getting water in those nooks where you can't clean or polish properly!
I think this topic would make a great thread "How I clean my Ducati!"
Anyways, the VFR was a 99 with 14,000 kms and it looked as good as any new bike in the showroom. Careful, regular cleaning is magical!
For all the "fanatical" cleaning that goes on here, I am surprised no one has mentioned Zaino. This is premier stuff for show cars and works great on bikes as well. Application takes a little time, but well worth it. The site says more then I could - http://www.zainostore.com . I just use thier non static cleaner when I want to do a quick wipe down.
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