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How to Clean my V with No Water?

The situation is, I am staying in a hotel for a couple months and I want to keep my bike looking GOOD! I have used the coin operated car wash locally, but that really doesn't cut it for me. I do have my Pit Bull stands with me and have cleaned the wheels and area around the chain with WD40 and am happy with that.

What I am looking for is a cleaner I can spray on the plastic parts (and maybe the engine) and simply wipe off. I'm thinking something along the lines of Windex.

Any suggestions?

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The situation is, I am staying in a hotel for a couple months and I want to keep my bike looking GOOD! I have used the coin operated car wash locally, but that really doesn't cut it for me. I do have my Pit Bull stands with me and have cleaned the wheels and area around the chain with WD40 and am happy with that.

What I am looking for is a cleaner I can spray on the plastic parts (and maybe the engine) and simply wipe off. I'm thinking something along the lines of Windex.

Any suggestions?

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I use Meguiars Motorcycle Detailer Mist & Wipe with a micro fiber towel. It does a great job.

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I have used Lemmon Pledge to "dry wash" bicycles before. I like that it repels dust.
Like stated before Meguires make a detail spray that I like also.
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I use "invisible glass" spray cleaner and a shop towel. Quick easy and cheap.
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Lemon Pledge for the plastic and metal bits, Plexus for the windshield and your helmet visor and helmet exterior. Plexus is expensive but won't damage clear plastics.

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I use a spray bottle of Simple Green and a spray bottle with plain H2O. A couple micro fiber towels and can of wax, can be pledge or whatever, and the Versys stays clean as a whistle. Wont really work if you get into dirt for real though.

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I've used the pledge before as well, works great! Sometimes you just gotta get the hose out though!

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Wimdex and cheap microfiber wash rags for plastic. Turtlewax Bug and Tar remover plus paper towels for wheels.
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Lemon pledge. I've used all kinds of motorcycle cleaners over the years. You just can't beat the job pledge does for the money.
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I hose mine off a couple time a year... whether she needs it or not.

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pledge huh? never heard of that. I will have to give that a try. I usually use windex if I cant use the local car wash or the old hose and bucket.

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Pro Honda Spray Cleaner and Polish

Best I've found for cleaning a motorcycle.
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Pro Honda Spray Cleaner and Polish

Best I've found for cleaning a motorcycle.
+1 ...and if it's not available, there is another product that appears to be an near exact copy (the label has the same font, etc.) that works just as well.
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Note that there are two versions of Goop Hand Cleaner. One has PUMICE in it, which is very gritty, and will likely ruin your paint finish and scratch your windshield. The other version, without pumice, I can only find a Harbor Freight stores. They both come in orange plastic bottles. The label on the front of the bottle will let you know which version it is.
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Lemon Pledge for the plastic and metal bits, Plexus for the windshield and your helmet visor and helmet exterior. Plexus is expensive but won't damage clear plastics.
I use Lemon Pledge (the 'no-name' type) on my windscreens AND windshields, and they're ALL in GREAT shape. It will get rid of those little "swirly" looking things on the 'shields.

I ALSO use it as wax/ polish on my plastics - VG stuff!


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Note that there are two versions of Goop Hand Cleaner. One has PUMICE in it, which is very gritty, and will likely ruin your paint finish and scratch your windshield. The other version, without pumice, I can only find a Harbor Freight stores. They both come in orange plastic bottles. The label on the front of the bottle will let you know which version it is.


I get the multi-purpose goop 4.5lbs tub for home I use it for cleaning the chain and frame of the bike also when i wash my Motorcycle Jackets i put Goop in the washer also. I keep a small tube in the side case on the bike for when its needed. http://www.harborfreight.com/catalog...p+hand+cleaner

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