Alot of people ask me how I have such a clean bike?
There's no secret, only these things, once your bike is new it's all about just staying on top of it, many bikes out there have gone past the point of no return, once a motocross bike is dirty it's dirty. Once that guy who had it before has left that dirt on from Sundays race on for a few days before being bothered to clean it midweek maybe. By that time the raw metal finish throughout the bike (frame, shock linage, engine, casing etc) has been sitting with that dirt on which is literally grinding into the metal and staining it. Once it has had this treatment for a few months the bikes metal finish begins to look really rough and gunky and there's not much you can do to get that new look back the dirt and grime is literally imbedded in the bikes metal as if it's tinted brown.
Either way my method isn’t the shortest route but the most effective and once you get into it, it’s like changing the oil it’s simply routine.
At the track after a race or practice first thing I do as I am about to leave is head for the jet wash or the petrol one I bring along.
Wash at track:
Plug the exhaust up and wash the bike down with the petrol pressure washer in all areas I can possibly see really well l and lean the bike over onto the stand by leaning the handlebars onto the stand and wash underneath.
Then spray simple green every where on it I can see using my pump up sprayer and let that take effect for a few minutes while I wash my boots.
Blast every where off possible.
Lean the bike over onto the stand by leaning the handlebars onto the stand again and soak with simple green leave to settle for five minutes then blast off thoroughly.
Load your nice clean bike into your van/truck/trailer. I've found this way also you spend less time having to clean your truck/trailer or van because your loading a clean bike in, not a dirty one.
Wash at home same day:
Plug the exhaust up, remove the seat, install the air-filter cover.
Wet the bike down and then Simple on the sub frame and airbo area basically non of the places you could do at track
Let that take effect for a few minutes.
Blast every where off possible to see.
Lean the bike over onto the stand by leaning the handlebars onto the stand and wash underneath and soak with simple green leave to settle then blast off.
Using the airline dry the bike out and spray silicone around the bike engine casings and pretty much all over everything accept the obvious stuff like brakes etc.
Mainly cleaning off the sub frame in this process since it is concealed by the plastics and seat.
Washing on Wednesday:
Remove, tank, plastics fenders number boards, fork guards.
Plug exhaust up, and air filter cover on. Wet the bike down, Simple Green holocaust the bike everywhere including underneath by leaning the bike over.
Leave to settle for five minutes.
Blast off everywhere being careful about radiators.
Dry bike using compressed airline
Lubricate all switches, connections, cables, moving parts
Spray the bike with a protecting agent, WD-40, spray this on things such as the frame, engine casings, wheels (being very careful not to get it on the brake rotor!) swing arm, exhaust, bottom of fork legs anything METAL, this is to keep the shine and protect it from going dull and old.
Using a multi-purpose lubricant, spray all moving parts joints, foot pegs, kick-start stem, spray it down the clutch cable, anything that moves. Other than brakes of course!
Wipe the WD-40 substance off using a clean cloth.
Replace the air filter with a clean air filter.
Remove the exhaust plug from the silencer.
Move bike into workspace, garage or workshop.
Wet plastics and tank with hosepipe
Wash with hot soapy water and a sponge/very soft brush mixed with simple green and car wax
Rinse plastics and tank down with hosepipe
Dry the plastics or tank off using compressed air or towel
Using silicone spray, spray it onto the plastics or tank, leave it to soak in for a few minutes and then wipe off using clean cloth.
Remember: When you take the bolts off replace them for where they go this way the Simple green also cleans them too.
Ok so that’s it for cleaning, I then move onto my maintenance…