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post #11 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-20-2011, 01:17 PM
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I have always had black and chrome bikes with the exception of my old Yamahas. I buff them up nice with maguiars when brand new and then use lemon pledge to keep them shiny...then hit the tank with the buffer once a year. If you have never used lemon pledge to clean your bike...try it. Takes all the fingerprints & bugs off. For heavy cleaning I use simple green or S100.

Lemon pledge & a cheap micro fiber towel makes owning a black bike easy.

If you want to wax your bike with a polymer cleaner wax that will last all year try Klasse

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Try Maxima SC1 in place of pledge. I was using pledge too till a few years back, but SC1 works better and doesn't leave near as much of that oiliness that you have to wipe like he|| to get off. It's great stuff, tho I mostly use it on the satin or flat black parts and chrome. Works on paint but i have a few other things that i find are better. Like pledge it's silicone based which is what they do so well. but SC1 doesn't have all that oiliness.

i never found anything including pledge to make black easy tho. I had a speedmaster with black/blue tank and black fenders. you could put anything on the black and it might look free of swirls, but in certain light it because real obvious. Try this tho....this works fantastic. Get a buffer and some mothers sealer glaze. Use the power buffer and plenty of SG and go over the paint real good. Mothers SG hides scratches to begin with, but it works infinitely better when used with a buffer. It sorta burnished the SG into the paint and the paint comes out more scratch free than i've ever experienced and feels like it's teflon coated when you run your hand over it. The gloss is stunning too. If you want, use a good final polish first and it'll be even better. I use liquid performance spray polish as a final touch because it too hide swirls more than most spray waxes or detailers. Do that and theres nothing that will make it look better, and most anything else won't match it.
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Try Maxima SC1 in place of pledge. I was using pledge too till a few years back, but SC1 works better and doesn't leave near as much of that oiliness that you have to wipe like he|| to get off. It's great stuff, tho I mostly use it on the satin or flat black parts and chrome. Works on paint but i have a few other things that i find are better. Like pledge it's silicone based which is what they do so well. but SC1 doesn't have all that oiliness.

i never found anything including pledge to make black easy tho. I had a speedmaster with black/blue tank and black fenders. you could put anything on the black and it might look free of swirls, but in certain light it because real obvious. Try this tho....this works fantastic. Get a buffer and some mothers sealer glaze. Use the power buffer and plenty of SG and go over the paint real good. Mothers SG hides scratches to begin with, but it works infinitely better when used with a buffer. It sorta burnished the SG into the paint and the paint comes out more scratch free than i've ever experienced and feels like it's teflon coated when you run your hand over it. The gloss is stunning too. If you want, use a good final polish first and it'll be even better. I use liquid performance spray polish as a final touch because it too hide swirls more than most spray waxes or detailers. Do that and theres nothing that will make it look better, and most anything else won't match it.
Klasse with the sealer works the same way.
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Maybe, and i considered trying that at one time. But mothers is about 7-8 bucks vs the klasse which was something like 25 or thereabouts. So i went that route and couldn't imagine it working better.
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For whatever reason, I've just never been a fan of black bikes...seems like every-other-bike is black, and I just enjoy a bit of color on my bikes -- one of the reasons why blacked-out bikes like the Storm (especially the flat-black edition) and the Vulcan 900 SE really don't appeal to me (that, and I do enjoy a good bit of chrome!). But I've also heard -- and as confirmed here -- that black bikes are tough to keep looking good...so between those two things, I guess my mind's made up (perhaps more than I thought when I posted my question last night): if it can't be blue, mine'll have to be gray/silver.
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Same here, but i love black AND white together. i like a lot of paint schemes with black and white. Some guy took a black Tbird and had a white stripe put on down the tank and fenders same as the stripe on my blue/white bird. It looked fabulous. If not for the swirl mark issues with black, that would be the color i'd have chosen if it was available.
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Greetings,

I was in the exact same boat... I had a choice of Black and the Silver/Black. I choose the Silver/Black and immediately made plans to paint it (which I've eventually done to every bike I've owned).

Painting does not void the warranty and it is easy to do yourself (if you really wanted to).

I'll be painting mine in the next week or two.

You've got to make the bike your own...

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I have a silver bird. It doesn't show scratches (except on the black stripe), and in general seems to always look clean compared to my last two bikes that were black. I'm very happy with this color.
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Black, black, black.

I've been working on blacking out the chrome on my Tbird to get some matte black pieces on there. Can't get enough of that in my opinion

What if there were no hypothetical questions?
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I only chose black because they are 15% faster and the $3000 discount for black.
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