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My neighbor just bought a Harley electra gluide. He was washing it this morning and asked me if I would help him, after asking him how many times he watched me wash and polish the Rocket without his help-you know my answer.
watched him dry his bike with a towel took him about 30min once he was finished I told him next time do what I do- fire up the leaf blower and blow the water off-- am I plain dumb or super smart??????????? :mad:
 

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You know, I've only once cleaned my bike with water/soap.

But a leaf blower sounds like a good plan, that is if you can't just ride it fast :-D
 

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A friend of mine uses compressed air to clean his Harley. I was concerned with oil from the air tank spraying on the bike so I use a leaf blower as well. It works great and wakes up the neighbors. :cool:
 

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I use a leaf blower also, however I bought a cheapy one to use just for the bike. Most leaf blowers suck in dirt and debris while you use them on your lawn. The dirt collects on the impeller blade. I didn't want anything to dislodge and shoot across the paint or chrome. Watch the ads, you can get a cheap one for $20 to $30.

[ This message was edited by: Nightterror on 2007-01-28 11:00 ]
 

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Pride of ownership is a heck of a thing. Heck - 30 minutes for a new Electra owner to dry his bike allows him to reflect on what else he could have spent that $25k on. Pride of ridership is a different matter. I hope your friend enjoys his new bike and that he is fully happy with it. Plenty of polished Electras sitting in garages. I prefer seeing the ones with road grime and bugs.
 

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Blowers are okay...but for a spotless dry try collecting the water from your airconditioning (if ya have one in the house/garage ...in five gallon buckets) and use it for the final rinse.

Also, Mr Clean makes a car wash system that uses surfactants and other chemical means to dry to a perfect finish as well. I use it on hotrods all the time.
http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Clean-AutoDry-System-Starter/dp/B0006M56CE
 

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I take it to the car wash, spray the ***** out of it, use a little soap and sponge here and there. Final clean is Windex and paper towels. I use Gunk on the greasy engine bits. The bike looks great. Haven't won any beauty contest but I always get compliments. :cool:

[ This message was edited by: dougl on 2007-02-02 15:53 ]
 

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On 2007-01-29 15:16, HOTRODSRJ wrote:
Blowers are okay...but for a spotless dry try collecting the water from your airconditioning (if ya have one in the house/garage ...in five gallon buckets) and use it for the final rinse.
Wow, thanks for that tip Hotrod....of course it makes sense....the aircon condensate is distilled. My outlet pipe got clogged, backed up, and ended up leaking into my house underneath my laminate floor. I didn't realize it till I saw the blisters in the flooring. Unable to unclog the pipe I had to drill a hole and drain it into large bucket which I then would throw out.......but no more, its a great supply of distilled water. :chug:
 
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