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post #1 of 5 Old 03-28-2019, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Need to wash my bike

Hey guys I just got my 2008 rebel 250 last month, and it needs washed. Problem is I live in an apartment complex so I have no access to a hose let alone a place to set a bucket of soap and water. There is one pressure wash station nearby, where you get to work the pressure hose yourself. Is there anything I should worry about covering or removing before using this? Please feel free to suggest alternatives or soaps i should use.
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-28-2019, 11:14 AM
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  • let it cool down before you go at it
  • be aware that a full force blast could remove paint and stickers
  • go easy on electrical switches, wires, equipment

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High pressure can force moisture into electrical connections, which isn't good. I wash mine (rarely!) with a hose and bucket of soapy water.

When it's clean and waxed, spray everything down with Lemon Pledge. That will help keep the dust off and make it easier to clean the next time.

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I have a fine mist spray bottle I fill with water and some microfiber cloths that I use to clean mine. If it is really stuck on, I'll add a little simple green to it.

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Keep the high pressure nozzle quite some distance from the bike. The pressure is high enough to force water (and soap) pretty much anywhere. It can blow the fork seals, get water into the engine, steering head bearings, swing arm bearings, all the lights, it can destroy O rings in the chain, and a whole lot of other bad things. I have never pressure washed a motorcycle. I took a 2 year old work truck (belonging to my employer) to one of those car washes once, and it actually took the paint off the front bumper. It will remove bumper stickers from chrome bumpers. On cars it can damage the seal around the windshield. It is that strong.

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