“Is it okay to wash my motorcycle?”
“I want to wash my vehicle, but how should I do it?”
Hello to everyone reading this article!
This article is going to be about the topic of washing your motorcycle.
Frequent cleaning and polishing is important to ensure the life of your Honda.
A clean vehicle also makes it easier to spot potential problems.
This article introduces the basic method and gives some tips that we think it is useful to know.
Specific precautions differ depending on each model so be sure to check your owner’s manual - and let’s try to care of your motorcycle!
1. Washing precautions
Please follow these guidelines when washing:
Do not wash during high-temperature condition
Allow the engine, muffler, brakes, and other high-temperature parts to cool before washing.
Do not use high-pressure washers
High-pressure water cleaners can damage moving parts and electrical parts, rendering them inoperable.
Do not direct water at the muffler
Water in the muffler can cause it to rust or prevent the engine from starting.
Do not direct water at the air cleaner
Water in the air cleaner can prevent the engine from starting.
Dry the brakes
Water adversely affects braking effectiveness. After washing, apply the brakes intermittently at low speed to help dry them.
2. 3 tips for washing
Tip 1. Protect each part!
By protecting some parts in advance, washing can be carried out more smoothly. Utilize tape or plastic bags to protect parts.
Please be sure to remove the protective materials after washing the vehicle.
If it is difficult to prepare adequate protection where you are planning to wash the vehicle, be careful not to get water on the following parts while washing:
Tip 2. Rinse your vehicle using low pressure water.
Rubbing the vehicle straight off with a sponge or anything similar is a big no-no. This is because a lot of fine particles such as dust adhere to the surface of the vehicle body and damage the painted surface when the sponge is applied.
Rinse the vehicle using low pressure water to remove loose dirt and dust. The key is to pour water from above so that it runs down from top to the bottom.
Tip 3. Use a neutral detergent for road grime!
By using detergent, you can remove stubborn stains that are difficult to remove with water alone.
“What kind of detergent should I use??“
We recommend using a neutral detergent.
Use a bucket to dilute it with water and lather.
After using the detergent, thoroughly rinse your vehicle with plenty of clean water.
3. Don’t forget to check each part!
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, vehicle washing is a great opportunity to check the condition of your motorcycle.
Check every part of the vehicle during washing, wiping and drying.
4. Lubricate appropriately after washing.
After washing the vehicle, lubricate any moving parts.
Lubrication makes the parts operate smoothly and maintains vehicle performance.
In particular, the drive chain is an important part to pay attention to.
If lubricated frequently, the performance and lifespan of the drive chain will be improved.
When lubricating, be careful not to get oil on the brakes or tires!
This article introduced the basic method how to wash your vehicle and some tips.
In order to keep your Honda in the best condition for as long as possible, we recommend referring to this article when caring for your vehicle.
Specific precautions differ depending on each model, so be sure to check your owner’s manual.
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