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What do you use to clean/polish your V?

It's only been off the showroom floor for 2 weeks but it's already dirty. It's bug season here in NorCal. That along with construction dust and my bike's got a nice layer on it. So, this being my first bike, I'm a little new to cleaning it. I realized real quick that the windscreen scratches really easy

I have a microfiber polishing cloth that I've used to wipe down the paint, but I haven't used any liquids to aid the process so the bugs are a problem.

Question is, what types of supplies do you all use to clean or polish up your V, specifically the paint and windscreen (plastics or painted parts)? As for the rest, the engine, wheels, suspension, etc., I'm just going to wipe them down with a damp rag.
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Best is to wash with water to get the hard dirt off . I use Wash& Wax Solution. Wash with water and she is back to her normal shine.
Washing the tires & rim is a bit different, as I use WD40 to get the oil off and then soap it off with water.

If you have done a car wash then this is no big deal.

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I liberally apply a layer of mud and grime.
That's how I keep my bike in its adventure fighter state.


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Lemon Pledge (or the no-name alternatives).

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Lemon Pledge (or the no-name alternatives).
pledge works great ....and shout stain remover to clean mag wheels.
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I use lemon oil abundantly for removing grime of dubious origin. Friendly to the finish, gets most stuff right off. Also, Mister Clean makes a product called the Stain Eraser (you can also get generic brand ones) that may be the coolest cleaning product ever. Super mild abrasive that won't damage your finish, but removes all kinds of stuff that gets stuck.

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Meguiar's has the absolute best products. This is the stuff proffesionals use.
Also the scratchX2.0 is a miracle worker for removing minor scratches. http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/index.asp

Have fun cleaning the V.


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I liberally apply a layer of mud and grime.
That's how I keep my bike in its adventure fighter state.
I dig your style, man.

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I use s100 to clean the bike, simple spray on and rinse off works well, I usually use just water to clean the bugs off the windsheild ect, I'm cleaning them off all the time. I use Honda spray wax to polish her up, best bike polish I've found.
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Thanks all for the recommendations, now off to Wal Mart to pick up some cleaners!
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+1 on the Meguiars.

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Meguire for my car. Turtle wax Ice for my bike. Both are top of the heap.

http://www.turtlewax.com/main.taf?p=2,1,1
It doesn't leave any residue and can be applied also on plastics.

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Armour All Glass Cleaner for the windscreen does a good job on the bugs. Goop Hand Cleaner on the swing arm and wheels and anywhere theres grease just rub on rub off. Lots of good washes and wax on the market

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Plexus for plastics and painted surfaces, spray on and then microfiber cloth to polish and
WD40 for wheels and engine metal parts.
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Maybe its just me. but wouldn't WD-40 attract dust and dirt

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not alot of chrome or polished aluminum on a versys but one of the best products for cleaning and polishing chrome and aluminum and to polish out aluminum to look like chrome is Gel Gloss. you can find it at homedepot and lowes in the plumbing dept. trust me youll never buy depont no 7 or mothers again. plus you can use it on your fibreglass boat and your bathroom sinks.
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My friend....PLEDGE is the real deal....

I come from a Cruiser, lots of chrome, lots of clean up too........forget about those expensive waxes...(they work an all) but pledge gets the job done. It also helps with your windshield because of pledge's silicone.

it's cheap and it works.

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Just used orange Pledge on the paint and Shout on the wheels...and WOW, they really work! Thanks for the ideas!
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