Giving Your Motorcycle A Fresh Look Without Going Broke

Giving Your Motorcycle A Fresh Look Without Going BrokeSo you have had your motorcycle for a few years and while it may be showing signs of wear and tear, it isn?t necessary to spend a fortune to make it look like a brand new ride. Unless you have unlimited cash, buying a new motorcycle is out of the question for a lot of people, but if you are willing to investing in some elbow grease it is quite easy to give your motorcycle a fresh new look without actually going broke.

One of the most cost effective ways to give your bike a facelift is performing a showroom quality detail cleaning and polishing. Motorcycle builders who display their bikes in shows spend more time on the little details of their custom work and that is one of the primary reasons they always look so good.

The first step in detailing your motorcycle is removing any bugs, road debris, tar or other junk that has stuck to the chrome, fenders and underside of your motorcycle. There are plenty of gentle cleansing agents to be found at your local auto parts store, they are inexpensive and many of the popular brands also offer pre-wash or debris removing cleaners to help get that road junk off of your motorcycle. The key in this phase of detailing will be to have plenty of clean rags and towels and a bucket or two.

Once your motorcycle has had a fresh bath, hand dry your bike with lint free towels. The best choice is a micro fiber cloth. They are cheap and can be found everywhere, and they won?t leave lint, streaks, or abrasion marks on your chrome, trim and paint.

Making your chrome sizzle with shine isn?t as hard as you may think, and you can invest in one of many commercial chrome cleaners on the market, or use the old school method of undiluted white vinegar in a fine mist spray bottle.

Don?t go out and spend a fortune on fancy high priced tire cleaning gels or kits. Old School detailers have been cleaning white walls and removing that browning look from tires with Ajax or Comet type cleaners for ages! Depending on the condition of your tires you may need to use a little elbow grease to get them showroom clean and fresh looking. High-pressure water rising is the perfect way to ensure they are residue free. To give your tires that deep black look your can use one of those spray on black kits, or an old school trick to get non glossy black tires is black wax shoe polish on a lint free colth.

Polishing or waxing is super simple these days, make a trip to your local auto parts store and pick up a bottle of Mothers gel wax. It goes on easy and comes off with out leaving streaks and residue behind. To get that ultra showroom look invest in a small hand held detailing buffer and few micro fiber polishing cloths.

Cleaning leather seats and saddlebags can easily be accomplished using a teaspoon of mild dishwashing liquid in a small spray bottle diluted with water. At all costs never use saddle soap as it can quickly damage and fade the color from some leather materials. For daily touch ups a clean polishing cloth with a dap of chapstick will give your leather a rich luster without damaging chemicals or leaving residues behind.

The most important part of your showroom detail are the little things that are most often over looked, such as dented or damaged cable clips and ties, exposed nuts and bolt heads that are rounded off or damaged, and cover plates that are dented or broken. These parts can easily be replaced and you may even consider using chrome or gold plated nuts and bolts to boost yours bike visual appeal.

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  1. Rob Fleming - October 31, 2011

    New blog post: Giving Your Motorcycle A Fresh Look Without Going Broke

  2. Rob Fleming - October 31, 2011

    Giving Your Motorcycle A Fresh Look Without Going Broke

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