Best Motorcycle Cleaner
Motorcycles seem to attract dirt. Even sitting still in the garage for a couple of days, they attract dust, but out on the road, bikes ride plow right into all kinds of sticky substances (mostly a wide variety of bugs). Also, they’re not immune to the dreaded water spots of the afternoon shower. So, naturally, since motorcyclists have a great affiliation to their machines, a cottage industry of motorcycle cleaning products has grown to a remarkable size. Here, we’ve listed a selection of the top cleaning products that we have personally used over the years. While there are many great motorcycle cleaners out there, you can also stumble onto some snake oil. With these cleaners, you’ll know you’re getting the good stuff.
If you’ve got a favorite cleaner, list it in the comments below.
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Pro Honda Spray Cleaner and Polish
One of the original spray on/wipe off motorcycle cleaners, Pro Honda Spray Cleaner was pretty much the industry standard. In fact, so the urban legend goes, non-Honda race teams used it for spot cleaning their bikes in the pits – with the label removed or covered, naturally.
This multi-surface cleaner attacks bug guts, road mung, and good old-fashioned dirt. Spray it on, let it sit, and wipe it away for a streak-free shine. It even smells nice.
According to the manufacturer, it contains anti-static ingredients to repel dust and dirt, protects finished surfaces from harmful UV rays, and leaves a long-lasting high gloss finish. Containing buzz-word compatible carnuba wax, putting Pro Honda Spray Cleaner and Polish before you ride, makes it easier to clean your fairing after the ride.
All that goodness for just $11
Muc-Off Nano Tech Motorcycle Cleaner
A relatively new entrant in the spray on and hose off category of motorcycle cleaners, Muc-Off’s Nano Tech Motorcycle Cleaner has gained a quick following. (It’s the cleaning solution used in the Muc-Off Pressure Washer reviewed here.) We’ve found that a quick soak with the Nano Tech Motorcycle Cleaner followed by wiping trouble spots down with a clean, wet rag before hosing off and wiping dry, gets even the dirtiest bikes quite clean.
According to Muc-Off, “This classic Pink bike cleaner has incredible cleaning power because it contains our revolutionary Nano technology that breaks down dirt and grime on microscopic levels, while also caring for your motorbike’s delicate finish… [O]ur perfectly Pink cleaner is biodegradable, free from acids, CFC’s and solvents, and it’s alkaline based so you can clean away with a guilt-free conscience. It’s safe on All surfaces, and it’s even disc brake rotor and pad friendly.”
The liter spray bottle retails for $16, and large refills are available.
Protect All Polish, Wax and Treatment
We first discovered Protect All back during the height of the cruiser craze. Nothing seemed to get those big, barn door windshields bug-free like Protect All. So, it lives in our cleaning supplies to this day. Now, it’s being marketed as an all-surface cleaner. So, use it on fiberglass, paint, chrome, stainless, aluminum, Plexiglas, glass, rubber, and anything you can think of. Protect All has no abrasives, which means no swirling in your glossy surfaces. No need to worry about powdery residue as the product dries cleaning a crack or crevice. Protects All Polish, Wax and Treatment creates a glossy carnauba wax finish in a fraction of the time and effort of other multiple component wax systems.
Give it a try for $15.
S100 Total Cycle Cleaner
Back in the Pleistocene era, motorcyclists were using S100 Total Cycle Cleaner, which makes it the first available spray, soak, and rinse motorcycle wash. The light green cleaner sprays on and does a good job of softening bugs and caked-on goo – though chain-lube-boogers will need additional sprays and wipes. S100 claims the cleaner “creeps into every nook and cranny of your bike to thoroughly clean it without scrubbing,” and we believe it, too. All that and non-toxic to the environment (Non-acid, pH controlled, contains corrosion inhibitors, and biodegradable.) or common motorcycle surfaces like paint, chrome, alloy, plastic, rubber, bearings, O-rings, etc.
Spray bottles cost $20, and refills are available.
S100 Detail and Wax Aerosol
Not content to merely create an entire market of motorcycle cleaners, S100 applied its cleaning chops to the spray ‘n wipe class of cleaners. Lately, S100 Detail and Wax has been the cleaner of choice when packing for MO photo shoots. According to the product info, S100 Detail and Wax dust, water spots, and bug residue. We concur though it does need a good final rubdown with a dry portion of the cloth to get maximum shine.
A 10 oz. bottle of joy will set you back $15.
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