Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson
4930 Southport Crossing Place, Indianapolis, IN 46237

(317) 885 5180

How To Clean Your Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

June 01, 2019

How To Clean Your Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

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Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson offers lots of great tips, tricks, and advice for keeping your prized possession looking as shiny as the day you first rode it home.

What you need to clean your Harley Davidson:

Microfiber detailing cloth

Wash mitt

Softstrips

Soft detailing pad

Wheel & spoke brush

Softcloth

Soft drying towel

HOG Blaster motorcycle dryer


Essential Harley Davidson Cleaning Products:

Wheel & tire cleaner

Sunwash concentrate

Bug remover

Harley Glaze polish & sealant

Harley Black


The Wash Process


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1.      Cool Down

  • Don’t start cleaning until your motorcycle is cool to the touch.
  • Cold water can damage a hot bike.
  • Don’t start cleaning until your motorcycle is cool to the touch.
  • Cold water can damage a hot bike.


2.     Pre-Wash

  • Rinse your bike with clean water from the bottom up. 
  • Do you have the proper cleaning and detailing supplies on hand?


3.      Wheels & Tires

  • Rinse your wheels and tires, making sure to wet all surfaces with clean water.
  • Spray on wheel & tire cleaner and wait one minute.
  • Clean the wheels with your soft detailing pad or your wheel & spoke brush.
  • Rinse well.


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4.    The Wash

  • Use two clean buckets; one for cleaning and one for rinsing. 
  • Pour Sunwash concentrate into one bucket and fill with water.
  • Fill your second bucket with just clean water.
  • Soak your wash mitt in the bucket with Sunwash solution.
  • Wash all bike surfaces; start at the top and work your way down.
  • Use Harley’s bug remover to easily clean away those caked-on insects.
  • Rinse all bike surfaces; start at the bottom and work your way up.
  • Finish with a final top down rinse.


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5.      Drying the Motorcycle

  • Use your soft drying towel on all bike surfaces.
  • For faster, more effective drying, use the HOG Blaster motorcycle dryer.
  • Dampen your towel in the bucket of clean water, and wring out any excess water.
  • Wipe across the entire bike surface.
  • Wring out the towel often and continue wiping until your bike is completely dry.
  • Use your soft drying towel on all bike surfaces. 
  • For faster, more effective drying, use the HOG Blaster motorcycle dryer.
  • Dampen your towel in the bucket of clean water, and wring out any excess water.
  • Wipe across the entire bike surface.
  • Wring out the towel often and continue wiping until your bike is completely dry.


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 6.      Polish & Seal

  •  Remember that a well-maintained Harley repels dust, dirt, bugs, and dirty water.
  • Use Harley Glaze polish & sealant with your soft cloth or microfiber detailing cloth and follow the bottle instructions.
  • A soft cloth is an absolute must for buffing your bike.
  • Remember that a well-maintained Harley repels dust, dirt, bugs, and dirty water. 
  • Use Harley Glaze polish & sealant with your soft cloth or microfiber detailing cloth and follow the bottle instructions.
  • A soft cloth is an absolute must for buffing your bike.


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7.      Add Harley Black to Tires

Harley-Davidson motorcycles are incredible machines that give you many years of riding pleasure. Also, they’re valuable investments that are worth caring for properly. Proper Harley Davidson care will increase your riding pleasure and, ultimately, help retain your bike’s value. Want to protect your bike for the long run? Check out these special protective products exclusively from H-D: 

Harley Glaze poly sealant
Windshield water repellant
Leather protectant
Harley Preserve bare aluminum protectant wipes