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    Washing the nc's

    Hello All,

    forgive me if this has been discussed already but I imagine the NC is waterproof pretty much, correct? I take mine to the manual car wash and gently (from afar) I wash it there, but don't soak it like crazy... I realize the high pressure is NOT good for the paint, but again I keep my distance... and I only allow rinse method... using this method I basically wash it like a car not allowing too much water on the electronic dashboard (or chain)... this should be OK right?

    Thanks!

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    Yea. don't squirt down into stuff, and you will be fine. I wash mine at home with a normal hose and soap up everything, Spray it off and then dry it using one of those "absorber" cloths.

    That being said, since I ride it everyday, I don't wash it very often. Probably once every few weeks... Seems to clean up nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SleepyC View Post
    Yea. don't squirt down into stuff, and you will be fine. I wash mine at home with a normal hose and soap up everything, Spray it off and then dry it using one of those "absorber" cloths.

    That being said, since I ride it everyday, I don't wash it very often. Probably once every few weeks... Seems to clean up nicely.
    I then take it for a ride so it air dries quickly

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmezei View Post
    I then take it for a ride so it air dries quickly
    The faster you go, the faster it dries!

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    I have some sentimental dirt still on mine from last summer.

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    Mine only gets washed when it rains. Your dashboard and chain won't be bothered by the water. Just don't direct any high pressure water at the fork seals, at the dash, your chain, or in close proximity to anything with wires attaching to it. Be careful with high pressure being sprayed at your seat too. Otherwise, pressure washers are good for getting rid of mud that is caked on. For best results, use a sponge. Be careful using an abrasive pad on your windscreen. They scratch easy.

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    Spray on S-100.
    Rinse
    Wet rag to tough areas and rims
    Rinse
    Start bike and let it idle (steams off hidden pockets of water) while I blast the entire bike several rounds with the leaf blower.
    Ride
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    Wet towel on the windscreen after bugs build up so much it's practically opaque egg art. Then a cleaning the next day. Occasional hosing after spraying some 50/50 Simple Green in a few areas and toweling off the runs. Really has to be dirty before I even notice enough to think about it.

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    Wait, we're supposed to wash our bikes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PortlandZinMan View Post
    Spray on S-100.
    Rinse
    Wet rag to tough areas and rims
    Rinse
    Start bike and let it idle (steams off hidden pockets of water) while I blast the entire bike several rounds with the leaf blower.
    Ride
    My sister's boyfriend rides a Harley. I tell him he spends more time polishing and wiping his butt jewelry than he does riding it and he gives me grief about never washing mine.

    They got me some S-100 for my birthday last month and wanted me to promise I'd use it before they see my bike again, LOL.

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