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Old 11-20-2012, 06:00 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I put a drop or two of Dawn on a wet facecloth and it works well enough.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:10 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Just water for me. I wet my hand, then use my hand over the visor, helmet.
Then I use a clean microfiber towel to clean it with. Gets everything all clean and shiny.
On my cheaper helmets I may use some solvents of rain x, but nothing but H2O on the Arai.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:22 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Soft damp cloth and warm water only here.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:58 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Soft damp cloth and warm water only here.
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OK! OK! I think I see a pattern emerging. Clear water on a towel it will be from now on!

Just curious, anybody else have problems with the Arai vents and if so, did you use something other than water?
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I have an Arai Profile helmet and have also used only a water soaked towel. Four riding seasons and no problems with vents. Removing/replacing the face shield is a PITA though.


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Old 11-22-2012, 01:31 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I use an old face cloth soaked in water. I leave it draped over the helmet and visor for about 5 mins, and then rub all the bugs off.

I then use whatever wax I have handy, and wax the helmet and visor. Several coats helps make it easier to clean the next round of bugs off, and helps rainwater bead off as well.

I usually carry a wet washcloth in a ziplock bag in my tankbag to clean off the bugs mid trip, and bring along a soft towel or microfiber cloth for drying and buffing on the road.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:40 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Water - just like the ARIA factory told yuo.

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+1!!!
Another +1 here

I have had several Arai helmets since 2003 (in the family we have 6), only clean them with warm water on a facecloth to soak and then warm water and my hand to rinse.
No plexus, no 409, no wax etc. - Just like they told you from Arai - all that stuff does is weaken the helmet or make it brittle.

All my helmets still have the original visors and all *could* still be in use - except one that was in a wreck. I retired the others at 5 years after in-service or 7 years after manufacture - because my head is worth it.

The Arai factory told you...
"Whatever you're using to wax or clean your helmet STOP USING IT! It's killing the plastic."
"Arai suggested nothing but water to clean the helmet."

I would go by what the manufacturer says vs. what the forum members say, even though I am always right
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:58 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I've been using plexus for years on helmets and their visors. I also use it on the plastics (painted and non-painted) on the bike and it does a great job.
+1 I think Plexus works great at removing bugs!
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:35 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I use water and a wash cloth. Once or twice a year I'll apply a small amount of Lexus. My Arai's are retired after 5 years also.

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