So, you want to sell your motorbike and realise that no bike enthusiast will interested in buying just any bike they come across, it has to be ‘the right bike for them’. Having spent good money on the bike in the first place, it would be a good idea to maintain it and keep it clean. The difference between a clean bike and a dirty one is a sale.
Tools for the job
Now that we have established that you must clean your bike, let us instruct you on what is required in order to do a ‘proper job’. Check out the following list of kit required to get your motorbike looking spick and span.
- Allen keys – to dismantle the bodywork
- A high pressure spray nozzle for your hose pipe and a bucket
- A paddock stand to keep your bike upright throughout the operation
- A paint brush cut down to 2 inches so that the bristles are stiff, or if you have the time, a toothbrush
- Motorcycle shampoo, degreaser and high quality wax
- WD40 and chain lubrication
- 2 x cloths and a chamois leather
- chain lubrication
Where to start?
Well first things first, the last thing you want is to drop your bike on the floor, so place your bike on the paddock stand which will secure it throughout the onslaught. Fill your bucket with motorcycle shampoo, not washing up liquid as the salt will corrode your bodywork over time.
Apply your degreaser to the dirtiest panels on the bike. Dirt will usually build up in the engine, chain and wheels of the bike. Depending on how long it has been since you last cleaned the bike, dirt will collect around the radiator too.
Now that you have applied the degreaser this should loosen the dirt and grime, use a cloth to wipe this down before using the hot soapy water to remove the remainder of the dirt.
Chain care is vital in having a clean and safe bike. Degrease another dry rag, and rotate the back wheel which will enable you to apply this to the entire chain and remove the build up of dirt. Why not have ago at the suspension while you’re at it.
The next step is similar to your normal shower routine; applying shower gel, or soap in the bike’s case, and spray down with your high-pressure hose. Give special attention to the areas that appear to need it the most.
Keep it lubed
Use WD40 to spray any part of your bike that is likely to be damaged when it comes into contact with water – this includes the switchgear and throttle. Once this is done, you can chuck your soapy bucket over the top of the bike safe in the knowledge that you will not damage any of the key components. Then take a few minutes to step back and relax.
Once the water has drained from the bike, feel free to take your chamois leather to the bike. Lube the chain and make sure to cover every last inch and apply WD40 to the swing arm carefully.
You know you’re coming to the end when you reach the buffing stage. Using a clean dry cloth, apply Brasso to all of the once shiny parts of the bike to restore them to their former glory. This could include, but is not limited to, brakes, clutch, forks and foot pegs, to name a few.
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