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post #1 of 14 Old 09-04-2012, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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How do you clean up your klr?

Ok, to be honest, the dirtiest my klr gets is maybe from some road grime or tree sap. BUT, i still struggle to get the nooks and crannies cleaned on the frame/suspension/engine. Ive had decent luck using diluted wheel/tire cleaner, but im afraid repeated use may be harmful to some of the plastic components on the engine. What do you guys use when (if) you clean up your bikes?
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-04-2012, 07:45 AM
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I use a solution of Dawn dish soap and water in a quart spray bottle, parking the KLR in the shade and just spraying the stuff everywhere and letting it soak and work for as long as I can before it starts evaporating, then I hit it with a garden hose.

It does a good job at eating chain lube off the rear wheel and oil and chain lube off the inside of the skid plate, etc. The key is to put the Dawn in the bottle after the water so it doesn't foam up before you can get the bottle filled.

Bear in mind I only clean my KLR about once a year so am by no means an authority on motorcycle cleaning, but the Dawn is cheap, I always have some around and it works.



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post #3 of 14 Old 09-04-2012, 11:09 AM
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I ride it in the rain.
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post #4 of 14 Old 09-04-2012, 11:39 AM
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Keeping it Clean....

Good Afternoon All,

I use simple green and a power washer. It gets into all of the nooks and crannies. I admit I only do this maybe once a month if the bike is really filthy. The simple green is biodegradable and the pressure washer takes all of the residule soap and dirt off. Be careful of the soft parts as it will take off decals, stickers and small plastic parts.

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post #5 of 14 Old 09-04-2012, 12:25 PM
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post #6 of 14 Old 09-04-2012, 10:16 PM
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I ride it in the rain.
Same here.. Been a dry summer here in the midwest, so it's pretty dirty..
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post #7 of 14 Old 09-04-2012, 11:12 PM
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Are we suppose to clean a KLR?
I must have miss that part in the manual.
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post #8 of 14 Old 09-05-2012, 05:07 AM
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I ride it in the rain.
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post #9 of 14 Old 09-05-2012, 06:43 AM
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For bugs I use hot water soaked towel or synthetic chamois. Flop it on the windscreen and fairing for 10 mins bugs wipe off. For dirt I use S100 cycle wash. It works with garden hose pressure on our local mud. No pressure washing my bikes, but you could if you stand back but I don't want to risk driving water into seals and electrics. Couple times a year I take off the plastic and the tank and clean up the frame area etc. with S100 and sponges, brushes etc. I prefer to do maintenance on clean machines. After the chain dries I lube it.

I've tried "cheaper" wash products, use 3x as much get 1/2 results.

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post #10 of 14 Old 09-05-2012, 08:49 AM
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I use diluted Simple Green in a spray bottle, spray it on stream mode everywhere and it breaks up most of the dirt. Wash it off after a bit with a stiff brush and garden hose. I used this technique on my dirt bikes for years and it has always served me well since I don't have a pressure washer.

I might try planalps dishwashing soap diluted, it's probably cheaper than simple green.
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