Hotsy washer, carefully. I do not spray the headlight, handlebars, or hard on the right side cover. I do, however, spray up under the fender -- if the mud that's there didn't hurt anything, hot fresh water will not, either.
I honestly do not think a garden hose or pressure washer (NOT TOO CLOSE) can hurt an MX bike. Or, at least it shouldn't. After having my TW almost totally disassembled I saw that the wiring, when connected properly, is mostly waterproof. Yes, a TW held under water for any length of time would probably require some drying but I haven't damaged mine yet.
I generally wash mine with a garden hose set at a gentle to moderate flow. I use a cheap old paintbrush rather than blasting with the hose. I can run a hose off my water heater in the garage for hot water....works great!
For dried mud I have to use more pressure, and I will use a car wash from time to time on trips if I can't get to a regular hose. I try to NEVER directly spray the chain, carburetor, handlebars, or instrument cluster. At a car wash, I often don't pull the trigger and just use the lighter spray, except for under the engine and fenders.
The most important thing you can do, regardless of your washing technique, is TAKE IT FOR A RIDE IMMEDIATELY!!! Use the brakes several times, and if you can, get up to 40 or more to spin water off chain and sprockets. About 5 minutes should get it all dry. Then lube the chain.
Only use a garden hose & car wash'n'wax shampoo, sometimes use Jizer degreaser on the rims, engine & under the back fender. Just use a sponge & have an assortment of brushes, paint brushes, toothbrushes & bottle brushes to get to the fiddly bits
Once it's dried out always apply WD40 to rims(spokes), engine area, any other nuts/boltheads, some polish on the tank & chrome bits, & Armoral on the plastics
Still looking respectable after almost 16 years including winter road work & the dreaded salt
Living in New Joiysey, you probably should wax them. They will probably start rusting in 5 or 6 years. But then, so will everything else on the bike......
Maybe you should try BoeShield T9, it's more of a waxy type of corrosion protection. I've been using it for years. WD-40 really not that good of a corrosion shield, it's more of a water displacement treatment and lubricant, great for immediately after immersion.
I actually dont use wd-40...I actually use Bombardier lube. Same stuff I spray my seadoo engine and metal parts down with. My seadoo is an 06 and used in salt water. No rust on engine parts at all. I swear by the Bombardier lube over wd-40
Im gonna wax up the rims wirth some mothers wax for now
I agree WD40 can't be classed as permanent protection but I wash mine regular & it's easy to get off
For more permanent protection I use grease, chain lube or ACF50, if I think it's going to be dirty for a while, say in winter when there's salt on the road
I'm going to see what Bombardier lube is, not heard of that
Just wondering if anyone has mecdads front rack.
How do you like it?
What have you used it for?
How long does it take you to take it off when it's not needed?
Would you buy it again?
Please give me your thoughts on this rack.
The price seems fair
Just trying to decide if it's for me..
This thread is basically to help me keep track of my build.
If you have nothing better to do feel free to follow along.
Your opinionss , ideas , comments or constructive criticism
are welcome and appreciated.
Or maybe you might get a laugh out of an older guy trying not to screew up a new TW.
Three things have become apparent:
1) I really need to install the taller handle bars I bought for it in January that are sitting on my work bench.
2) I have to pull the plug out of the carburetor so I can adjust the mixture a bit richer. It pops out the exhaust every time I let up on the...
bet you didn't even know i was gone. i pulled the trigger on a 2020 tw today, sold my suzuki dr200 yesterday and the local yamaha dealer actually made a deal with me today. i have alwas had to drive 100 miles to deal on bikes because this guy here was alwas an A hole. so now i have something to...