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Cleaning matte motorcycle surfaces

Many modern motorcycles have matte or satin paint surfaces rather than high-gloss paintwork which gives them a mean and macho appearance.

However, that low sheen surface can easily look ugly when it is covered in fingermarks, road grime, rain specks and petrol splashes.

They show up more than on a glossy surface.

Motul Matte Surface CleanCan you see the smears, fingerprints and petrol stains?

If you’ve ever tried to remove tham, you will know how difficult it is to get rid of the smears and “rainbow effects” on the paintwork.

That’s because you are probably using detergent or some other cleaner to wash the surface.

Matte cleaner

What you need is a special cleaner that doesn’t contain any oils or detergents.

We like products from French motorcycle company Motul, distributed in Australia by Link International, which make cleaners and lubricants specifically for motorcycles.

Their aptly named “Matte Surface Clean” comes in a 400ml spray can for $21.90.

They don’t say what’s in it, but the formula seems to work to clean and remove any greasy marks and grime without leaving streaks or sticky smears.

Motul says it also contains a UV filter which should help prevent it from fading.

If you’ve ever seen old matte-black Ducati Monsters, you will know how ugly they can look when the paint starts to dull.

Warning

Motul Matte Surface CleanSpray in the outdoors or where well ventilated

Do not use this in a small, confined area. If you are cleaning your bike in the garage, open any doors and windows. Maybe even turn on a fan.

It’s not noxious, but the perfume in the formula can be a little overcoming after a while and give some people a headache. Others, like my wife, actually enjoy the aroma!

Never spray it on a hot bike that has just been running or sitting in the sun.

Keep the can away from naked flames and sparks.

We also suggest spraying small areas rather than trying to work on big surfaces.

Microfibre cloth

Use a microfibre cloth to dust the area down first. Never let a cleaning cloth drop on the ground as it can pick up small amounts of grit that can scratch your paintwork and chrome.

You may also want to give the bike a light wipe first with a wet cloth or spray on some of Motul’s Insect Remover ($11.90 for a 400ml trigger bottle) to get rid of bugs that have dried and stuck to the surface.

cleaning bugs off helmet visor and bikeBugs can be hard to remove

Spray the cleaner on the surface and gently rub it over with a soft microfibre cloth, then let it sit for a few minutes.

It will look like that fake snow you use at Christmas time.Motul Matte Surface Clean

Before it completely dries, use another dry microfibre cloth to rub the surface.

It comes up in a gentle sheen that enhances the beauty of matte paint.Motul Matte Surface Clean

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

How to clean bugs off visor and motorbike

If you’ve ever been showered with bugs on your ride, you will know how difficult they are to remove from your helmet visor and your motorcycle.

That’s because the wind quickly dries them out and they become very hard and stick like glue to any surface.

Cleaning bugs off your bike

While bugs on a motorcycle are mainly a cosmetic issue, they can interfere with the performance of your headlight or clog up oil coolers and radiators.

We suggest trying to remove most of them from headlights and coolers with water from a service station while out on the road.cleaning bugs off helmet visor and bike

You won’t get them all, but you should remove enough to be able to continue riding.

Leave the rest of the bug removal until you get home as it’s only cosmetic.

We suggest using a special bug remover that you can buy from most motorcycle shops, service stations or auto shops like Supercheap. There is little difference we can detect between specific motorcycle cleaners and car cleaners.

cleaning bugs off helmet visor and bikeMotul insect remover

Visor cleaning

As for your visor, bugs can create substantial vision impairment which is a serious safety issue, so it’s important to remove them while out on the road.

Never try to wipe bugs off your helmet with your glove as you will only smear them and create a mess.

Wiping dried bugs can also create almost invisible scratches which may not appear to be a problem … until you are riding into the sun or at night and all you can see is a “spiders web” of scratches!

I carry a small Specsavers pump spray that I rinsed out and filled with Motul helmet & visor cleaner at $14.90.

The original Motul spray bottle is simply too bulky to carry in my jacket pocket.

Some people say Windex is ok, but it is suitable for glass only. It includes ammonia which is harmful to plastic visors.

You can also use other specific visor products or plain water.

I also carry a small soft rag that came with my Skram riding sunglasses.

If you don’t have a sunglasses or prescription glasses cloth, any soft microfibre cloth will do.

Spray a liberal amount of the solution on the visor and let it sit for about 30 seconds. Don’t rub straight away, but also don’t leave it long enough to dry.

This softens the bugs and loosens them from the surface.

Then gently wipe the bugs away with one side of the cloth. Don’t push too hard. You may have to repeat this process.

When they are mainly gone, give your visor one more spray, then wipe it dry with the other side of the cloth.

Crusty demons

If there is a thick crust of bugs on your visor, call into a service station, rest area or anywhere you can get water and toilet paper or a paper towel.

Soak the toilet paper or hand towel in water and then place it on your visor and let it sit there for about 30 seconds. You can also use a soft cloth such as your hanky or neck sock soaked in water.cleaning bugs off helmet visor and bike

Peel off the wet paper being careful not to rub the surface as some paper towels can be fairly abrasive.

Then apply your cleaning solution as per the instructions above.

cleaning bugs off helmet visor and bikeNever use a servo windscreen squeegee

Never use the windscreen squeegee provided at service stations as they may have been dropped on the ground.

They can have oil, diesel, fuel or small particles of gravel and dirt in them which can smear and scratch your visor.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Aussie nears top 10 in solo Dakar Rally

As if the Dakar Rally isn’t tough enough, Australian rider James Ferguson (pictured above) is taking it on solo and unassisted and is closing in on the top 10 in his Original by Motul category.

Meanwhile, click here for the latest on Toby Price, now leading the field.

James and countryman Ben Young are among a record field of novices in this year’s Peruvian rally.

Ben Young solo
Ben Young 20th in the rookie class

Ben is a commendable 55th overall and 12th in the rookie class.

In preparation for the Dakar, Ben has been training with Toby and finished 18th in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and 24th in the Morocco Rally on his KTM.

Click here if you would like to send your best wishes to Ben.

Solo rally

James Ferguson Dakar Rally rookies
James and his KTM

Meanwhile, James is 70th overall, 20th in the rookie class and 11th in the “Original by Motul” or solo and unassisted class.

That means he has no assistance from mechanics or support crew.

Only 30 riders are allowed in the gruelling category.

They are only allowed one trunk of spares, one set of spare wheels and tyres, a tent and a travel bag.

That’s it for 10 gruelling stages across thousands of kilometres of harsh conditions.

About 70% of the event is in the sand dunes, but James has plenty of experience in sand having competed in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge last year.

James says the toughest thing is the lack of sleep.

He finished one stage at 11pm and started the next day’s liaison at 2am.

Click here if you would like to send your best wishes to James.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com