How To Clean A Vintage Japanese Motorcycle

Learning how to clean a vintage Japanese motorcycle properly will help you keep your bike looking good. Doing the job right will take some time, since there are many areas on vintage motorcycles that are hard to reach. Once you gather your cleaning supplies and are ready to start cleaning your vintage Japanese motorcycle, park the bike on a driveway if possible so the water will run off instead of forming a puddle.

To clean a vintage Japanese motorcycle, you will need:

  • A bucket of water
  • Sponges and brushes
  • A hose
  • Cleaning chemicals
  • Tire cleaner
  • A towel
  1. Walk around your vintage bike and inspect it. Look to see if there are any dead bugs attached to your Japanese motorcycle that you need to remove. Use a chemical bug remover to detach the bugs if necessary. Do not rub too hard or you may damage your motorcycle's paint.
  2. Fill up a bucket with warm, soapy water. Use a brush to reach the areas that you cannot get to with a sponge when cleaning your vintage Japanese motorcycle, and scrub away the excess dirt and other residue. Use a hose to rinse the soap away, and make sure to set it to spray.
  3. Clean the tires, then apply a tire polisher. Once you sponge away the dirt from the tires on your vintage Japanese motorcycle, apply the tire polish and let it sit for the amount of time specified on the instructions. Rinse or wipe the polish off once the appropriate amount of time has passed.
  4. Dry off your vintage Japanese motorcycle. Use a towel or drying cloth to wipe away any water droplets from the bike. Take it out for a quick spin as well, so any hidden collections of water on the bike can air dry.
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