Need to wash my bike - Honda Rebel Forum
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 Old 03-28-2019, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 1
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.
Piddle1413 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 03-28-2019, 11:14 AM
01-7700's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 3,240
Welcome to the forum!
  • 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

1985 Rebel 250 ... 2005 Ruckus 50
Keith from Maine USA - Banning Spammers since 2016
01-7700 is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 03-28-2019, 11:18 AM
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Monroe, Louisiana
Posts: 27,403
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.

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

'01 & '09 Rebel 250, '06 Ninja 250, '89 VN 750
Putting your bike year and model in your signature helps others help you!
Here's how:
flitecontrol is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 03-28-2019, 11:58 AM
65cabriolet's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Brighton Colorado
Posts: 11
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.

2006 Rebel 250 "Freedom"
65cabriolet is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 03-28-2019, 02:38 PM
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Chandler, AZ
Posts: 775
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.
JerryH is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

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

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


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

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

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 Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

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