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Recently purchased an 1100 sport and is the first bike I’ve owned with flat color. How does everyone else take care of it? I’ve typically used a combo of s100/simple green/Honda polish to clean my ducatis.....Would that work with the flat finish?
 

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Recently purchased an 1100 sport and is the first bike I’ve owned with flat color. How does everyone else take care of it? I’ve typically used a combo of s100/simple green/Honda polish to clean my ducatis.....Would that work with the flat finish?
Don't own a matte or flat paint bike myself but polish is a no go with this kind of finish.
Remove bugs and stains as quickly as possible on flat finishes and use only clean microfiber towels to clean the surface. I personally only use water for cleaning but somerhing that degreases like s100 or simple green can probably also be used but products that leave a coating or waxy layer should probably be avoided.
Just googling cleaning a matte paint finish should give you pkenty of tips and YouTube video's.
Good luck keeping it clean and congrats on owning the 1100 sport!
 

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I owned an 800 Full Throttle in the same matte black and a matte black ER6n years back.

Basically... you can't protect it. Matte waxes do exist but they are pretty expensive and don't have a great reputation.

Speaking to a specialist detailer near me, his advice was just that you have to clean it a bit more often. I'm a huge fan of snowfoam & a good lance to strip most of the dirt off my vehicles, reducing the need to scrub with brushes and mitts.

I found silicone based furniture polish works quite well. I've used it on my matte helmets for a long time and works just as well on the tank. Once bike is nice and clean, liberal spray and wipe leaves a slippery surface but no sheen. So bugs and muck doesn't stick. Isn't that long lasting but does help with no risk to the matte paint.
 

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I wash my 1100 Sport with S100 standard bike wash, dry with a chamois and use the Chemical Guys Meticulous Matte Detailer spray to finish. Its like a detail wax spray for matte finishes. I got it on amazon, and it wasn't too expensive ($9.99 USD/bottle) and it works great.

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Companies out there make soap for matte/satin vehicles if you REALLY want to be specific. No buffing or polishing as that will obviously destroy the finish. I've put some satin PPF on my tail section, and plan on doing the headlight surround here soon, to protect from chips and scratches.

After every couple of washes, I like to use some spray on quick wax to keep stuff from sticking to the paint. Regular wax applied with a pad is completely different than spray on wax; the former is a definite no, the latter is perfectly fine.

Black will stain much faster than my matte silver, but premise is the same. Don't leave anything sitting on it too long and you'll be fine. My car is wrapped in satin vinyl, and being that it barely moves but still gets washed, it still hasn't stained or anything. Just take care of it, nothing out of the ordinary, and it will be fine.
 
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