How Do You Wash a Motorcycle?

How Do You Wash a Motorcycle?

Wash a motorcycle by removing bug and tar spots with a special cleaner, cleaning hard parts with a degreaser, scrubbing the wheels with a brush, and cleaning the paint and chrome with soapy water and a microfiber mitt. Rinse gently with a hose, and dry with a chamois cloth.

  1. Mix a bucket of soapy water

    Mix warm water and a little liquid dish detergent in a large bucket.

  2. Remove bug and tar spots

    Spray any bug or tar spots with a commercial bug and tar remover. Use a damp sponge to remove the spots gently.

  3. Clean the hard parts with a degreaser

    Carefully spray hard parts of the motorcycle, such as the pipes, engine and swing arm, with a degreaser. Avoid getting the degreaser on painted or chrome surfaces. Scrub each hard part individually with a rough rag to clean it. Use a toothbrush dipped in degreaser to scrub detailed areas.

  4. Scrub the wheels with a long-handled brush

    Apply a commercial wheel cleaner to the wheels. Scrub thoroughly with a scrub brush.

  5. Wash painted and chrome parts with soapy water

    Dip a microfiber cleaning mitt in the soapy water, and use the mitt to clean all painted and chrome surfaces. Rinse and moisten the mitt frequently.

  6. Rinse well

    Rinse the entire motorcycle with a soft stream from a garden hose.

  7. Dry

    Dry the motorcycle with a chamois cloth. Take a ride to finish air drying all of the motorcycle's surfaces.