JawaPos.com – Owners often choose to wash their motorbikes at home. There are many reasons behind it. Even so, washing your favorite motorbike should not be careless. There are still ways and rules. Of course, so that it is not only clean and shiny, the motorcycle is also durable.
Recognizing it or not, the last few days the weather conditions in Indonesia have been erratic, hot during the day and often after the heat it suddenly becomes cloudy and rainy. Of course this condition makes the motorcycle dirty faster.
A clean motorbike not only makes the owner feel more comfortable and confident. Washing your motorbike regularly can also help keep engine components durable. Yamaha Main Dealer PT. Lautan Teduh (Lampung) shares tips on washing your own motorbike at home.
Prepare the Tools You Need
There are many simple and easy-to-find tools if you want to wash your motorcycle at home, such as a bucket of water, a microfiber cloth to keep the motorcycle body from being scratched. If you don’t have one, you can use a cloth with a smooth surface, at least two pieces.
Also prepare a special motorcycle shampoo, a large brush for washing tires, a small brush or toothbrush to reach narrow crevices. Then a water hose to make it easier to flush or wash the motor. However, if you don’t have one, you can use a spoon by watering it.
Wash with clean water when the engine is cold
The first way to start washing your motorbike is to rinse it with clean water. But keep in mind when going to wash the motor must really make sure the engine is cold. Because the condition of the engine is hot and exposed to direct water will cause damage to the engine block and exhaust base.
In addition to the motor component, a hot engine is also at risk of injuring your hands when washing. For that, it would be better if you wait a while until the engine cools down.
Clean the Bottom, Then to the Body
Before starting to wash, make sure all items in the trunk have been taken. The best way when washing is to spray water first on the motorcycle legs, for example tires, fenders, wheels, and the lower body, then the upper body.
By spraying low pressure water will make the sand that sticks out. After the bottom is finished, start washing using the special motor shampoo from top to bottom repeatedly.
Use a Brush for Hard-to-Reach Areas
For some hard-to-reach areas, try scrubbing with a brush. You can use an old toothbrush which is considered easier to reach difficult areas.
This is an effective way to touch hard-to-reach areas. Or, another way you can do this is to use a small brush to clean dirt from tight spaces, areas that need to be scrubbed repeatedly, or sensitive engine parts. Use a stiff brush to clean dirt on tires and wheels.
Don’t leave any soap residue
After all the motorcycle parts are washed with motorcycle shampoo and brushed, rinse. Try to use a hose to make it easier to rinse certain parts. Like a crevice or narrow space that was previously rubbed with a small brush or brush earlier.
Make sure all parts have been thoroughly rinsed and make sure there is no soap left behind. Because, it can cause spots or spots. Also avoid spraying or spraying with high pressure on the motorcycle chain. This is so that the lubricant that coats the chain does not fall out, thereby reducing chain performance.
In addition, water will also be at risk of causing rust which makes the chain break easily. The correct way to clean the chain is to mix an anti-oil laundry soap mixed with gasoline. Spray onto the chain, then brush with a toothbrush evenly. When finished, apply chain lubricant until evenly distributed.
Dry with Kanebo or Microfiber Wipe
After rinsing and feeling clean, dry the motor with a soft cloth or chamois that absorbs water. Do not dry the motor standing still. Moreover, dried in direct sunlight. The reason is, rinse water can trigger spots or spots if exposed to heat or wind. It’s even possible that mushrooms will also appear.
Therefore, it is recommended to dry it using a chamois or a soft dry cloth that absorbs water. So, no water is left behind when drying it.
Wash Your Bike As Needed
The interval or distance to wash the motor is adjusted to the needs. If the motorbike is used daily, it is recommended to wash it often, especially when it rains at least once a week. Because if the rainwater is allowed to dry, it is feared that the motorcycle paint will dull faster.
It’s different if you live and have activities at the beach. Sea water not only makes the motor body dull, but can also make the components inside the motor made of iron rust.