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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 03-04-2013, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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keeping your CBR500R clean

What do you guys and gals do to protect your bike?

Things like trying to avoid scratching up the paint and keeping the front from getting too nicked up from bugs and rock chips.

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post #2 of 48 (permalink) Old 03-04-2013, 06:15 PM
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3M nose piece and tank. Clean. Also use lemon Pledge to remove bug guts. Use soft cloth to clean.....no paper towels as it leaves swirls on the paint and helmet visor.
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Another option to keep your cbr500 paint protected is to wrap the tank, cowls and huggers. I have never really use anything specific just conventional over the counter cqr wash soaps and microfiber towels. Does anybody detail their bike with any specific cleaners? Never been much of a detailer but if someone cqn recommend some polishes and waxes that would be great.

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I see car guys use opti coat a lot.

I might consider using this on my farings just for some extra protection and easier cleaning.

Has anyone used opti-coat before? Would you use it on your bike?
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what is this opti coat? is it a wax or is it a polish. The first thing i would like to do when i get the cbr500 is add some protection to the fairings and cowels. I noticed on my current bike there are so much spider web swirls on it and never had knew how to really fix it. Ive heard the name opti coat or seal come up a few time but not exactly sure what it is.
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Hoping to do the bikes first wash this weekend (only had it a week).. the manual says not to direct water under the seat and at headlight. Is that them being over cautious or will it really cause an issue?

I have mud & dirt under the seat wheel arch that needs washing off!!

As for the headlight, I understand it may result in some condensation but I have to give the bike a good wash..

(it's an 'F' btw - hope you don't mind me hijacking the 'R' thread )

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I have yet to wash my bike with full water and hose. But I have scrubbed it down with a micro fiber cloth and some soap water. Following it up with windex and then polishing it so its shiny. I ride everyday so I end up having it clean it every other day.
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Hoping to do the bikes first wash this weekend (only had it a week).. the manual says not to direct water under the seat and at headlight. Is that them being over cautious or will it really cause an issue?

I have mud & dirt under the seat wheel arch that needs washing off!!

As for the headlight, I understand it may result in some condensation but I have to give the bike a good wash..

(it's an 'F' btw - hope you don't mind me hijacking the 'R' thread )
Probably them being over cautious but it might be worth you just using a damp rag on those places rather than firing the hose pipe at it
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Carnuba wax on the painted parts. ArmorAll on the plastic parts. Spray foamy glass cleaner on the polished metal parts.

I don't go crazy with the ArmorAll, because it attracts dirt, but it's nice if you use it sparingly. Some people hate it.
I don't typically use it on the tires.
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It says not to spray water under the seat, not under the wheel arch - 2 different places.
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