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I almost never use water to wash any of my bikes. Too many places for that to cause problems. Bike Spirit cleaner/polish and Maguiars detail spray is the way I roll. Now if I could only get a girl to do that I'd be golden.
 

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Been using S doc 100 since I saw the tinfoil test. It's the only bike/wheel cleaner that doesn't eat aluminium. Some products just stain Ducati alloy finishes.

Just to feel at one with nature I always wash bikes and cars in rain water. It's my contribution to saving the planet. Every little helps. The other reason is the spotting that is left on paint finishes from our tap water unless you polish after every wash.
 

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Been using S doc 100 since I saw the tinfoil test. It's the only bike/wheel cleaner that doesn't eat aluminium. Some products just stain Ducati alloy finishes.

Just to feel at one with nature I always wash bikes and cars in rain water. It's my contribution to saving the planet. Every little helps. The other reason is the spotting that is left on paint finishes from our tap water unless you polish after every wash.
In that case, we're definitely at one with nature here in Scotland, fckn rain !
 

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Hopefully there are no stupid questions...

Having never owned my own bike before I would love any advice - Do's /Don'ts about washing the bike.
Can you just hose the bike down when the engine is cooled?
Are there areas to avoid spraying to protect seals?
Do you spray the bike down at all or just get up in there with wet rags...?


Thanks for any advice.
 

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I prefer to use a soapy wet rag and wipe everything down, then use a microfiber towel to dry everything off. I don't think you can damage anything if you use a light spray of hose to rinse; however, it is probably not wise to blast water under seat pan and gas tank...really want to avoid wetting down electronic components if possible. Riding in rain is one thing, but high pressure water blasting the engine is totally different.
 
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