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New ti the klr world.. What do you folks recommend to clean and protect
The plastic on the klr?
 

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Hey Jimmy and welcome the KLR family and to the forum.

KLR's actually prefer to be covered in a layer of dirt and bugs. It's good for their self esteem. I've never used anything special except lots of water to clean mine. I'm sure others will chime in with their secrets.

Enjoy your ride and post some pics after you get the post quota.
 

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210 Plastic Polish
 

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crash bars and dirt.
 

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Mainly cumulonimbus precipitation. It's incredibly cheap and very easy to come by here in the UK...... ;)

Honestly this time?... Though I don't spoil the mule with anything more than Turtlewax shampoo, I've never been able to fault Autoglym products with my other bikes and cars.
 

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I'm pretty particular with keeping my KLR clean. I've found that spraying the bike down with simple green will loosen up alot of dirt/road grime, followed up by a spray down/scrubbing at the self car wash. Then, I use Armor-All on all the plastics. I know alot of guys use Tire Wet and stuff like that....I've tried it...armor all original works best. Stays on for awhile, gives it some luster, etc. Just don't use armor-all on the seat, grips, or the tires. Unsafe to put anything on those that will make them slippery.
 

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Hi and welcome to the forum. I seem to have given up on keeping any shine on my KLR's. There are some tricks and tips to keep them looking good, and preventing problems from cleaning mud and buildup.

One common practice is to spray areas that are prone to mud and gunk with non-stick cooking spray. I've used a Dollar Store knock-off with good results. Don't let the mud sun-bake on the bike though. WD40 works about the same, but is a little expensive for this use if you ride often. Kerosene poured into a spray bottle and misted on the bike Will get about the same results. The mud will wash off much easier if it doesn't have much to cling to. Be a little careful spraying around seat, handlebars, pegs, and brakes!

Car washes, pressure washers and motorcycles freak some people out. As long as the bike is prepped for this kind of exposure, the risks are lessened. I use a Marine Grade grease on bearings, pivot points, axles, etc., and that offers some resistance to detergents and water. Better than traditional greases it seems. I try to protect the electrics by putting dialectic grease, or silicone based greases in the electrical connectors. Not everything gets exposed to the water from a pressure water, but my bikes are in the creek sometimes daily, and I go over every connector I can get at to prevent corrosion problems. If you intend on frequently washing the bike, it might pay to look into some of these maintenance related efforts.

A coat of Mop 'n Glo floor wax on everything [keep in mind safety] will help the cooking spray. It goes on easier than car wax and does the job. Mud will slip right off the skid plate and other unpainted surfaces.
 

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Clean the KLR

As you can tell from my signature block, I'm pretty fussy. First, I coat with road dust and bugs, then I wait for a rainstorm and go riding. It creates a bit of a conundrum. That usually gets the dust and bugs off, but I'm left with waterspots and a healthy coating of mud. Repeat as necessary.
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Pledge lemon scented furniture polish or a knock off brand.
Yup - heard of it for years, I finally tried this cleaning up my old Honda. It works. I used pledge all purpose spray, but same idea. I was amazed.
 

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I'll have to add a big "yes" to the lemon Pledge spray. Read the suggestion from the forum a couple of weeks ago and tried it on half the bike, and my wife was stunned at difference as much as I was.

Have done a couple of wet weekend trips and washed the bike down after each run, with no need to go over again with the pledge yet!

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