I've been riding in the rain for the past couple of weeks as the weather turns here in the Pacific Northwest of Canada.
I actually have been enjoying it - its not too cold, and its fun to be on a new kind of adventure on my Tbird ...
But then I get home and the bike is FILTHY. Dirty pipes, grimy wheels, dirt under the back fender. I feel compelled to wash it every day
I sprayed the underside, electrics and engine with ACF-50 before the rain started, and I lightly re-apply it after a wash occasionally, but here's my routine.
* Let the bike cool so I don't melt anything on the pipes
* Cover the pipe ends and grips with plastic bags
* Piece of tape on the key hole
* Lightly water the whole bike down
* Wash with a rag, bucket of automotive wash/wax mixture
* Rinse it off with the hose
* Start the bike
* Blow it dry with my leaf blower on high
* Run the bike until the rad stops steaming
* Wipe it all down again, re-apply protectant or ACF-50 as needed
Takes me about 30 minutes a day. Ugh.
Am I being obsessive? Is that too much? Do I NEED to do this? Are there shortcuts you guys use to keep your bike clean?
I realize a lot of us on here park the bike in the winter. I'm starting to see why that's appealing ... but I just can't do that!
I get a tight, anxious and sad feeling in my heart after a day or two of not riding my beautiful Thunderbird!
Must ... ride! Must ... wash!?!