Time to wash your motorbike or scooter? Then it’s also time to get your pressure washer out, for sparkling results in no time.
A long motorcycle ride is sure to lift your spirits – but likely to leave your two-wheeled friend covered in dirt and dead insects. A powerful pressure washer seems like the perfect way to get your pride and joy gleaming again, and it is – though some care is needed. If you keep a few points in mind, you can make sure it gets a thorough clean without causing any damage.
Always wear your personal protective equipment when working with pressure washers. This includes safety glasses, ear protection and more. Please see the instruction manual for your product for further details. Before you wash with your pressure washer for the first time, you should thoroughly familiarise yourself with the tool and make sure it is in flawless condition before each use. On request, your STIHL Approved dealer will be happy to prepare your tool for its first use, and will also advise you on models and sizes of protective clothing that you can try at your leisure. Please remember that personal protective equipment is no substitute for safe working techniques.
If your motorbike or scooter is very dirty, use the high-pressure cleaner and plain water to wash off any coarse dirt. Do not aim the jet directly at delicate parts such as bearings, hubs or coolers.
We have a range of cleaning agents that can be used with our pressure washers to really get your motorbike sparkling again. Pour some vehicle shampoo into the spray set as directed in the instructions for use, and secure it to the pressure washer. Then spray the cleaning agent onto the motorcycle to soften dirt such as oil residue and insect matter.
The next step is to manually wash the motorcycle down. You can do this by using a sponge to remove the dirt which has been loosened by the vehicle shampoo. You should also use a sponge or soft brush to clean delicate parts such as the water and oil coolers, the lever joints, steering bearings and O-ring chains. The best way to clean wheel rims is with a wash brush attachment on your pressure washer.
Use the pressure washer to spray clean water and rinse away the cleaning agent and dirt. Once again, be sure to avoid aiming the jet directly at delicate components and seals.
Don’t forget to thoroughly dry your motorcycle, as this is important to prevent rust. Use a chamois or a soft microfibre cloth to remove moisture – the latter means there is less risk of damaging the paintwork. If you have one, an air jet from a compressor helps remove water from any areas that are difficult to access.
Finish with some important maintenance steps to keep your bike in great condition. Use spray oil on dry metal components. Chrome and aluminium areas can be polished, while protective hard wax should be applied to seal the surface of paintwork; use a soft cloth or polishing cloth. Unpainted motorcycle parts and sections made from plastic are best treated with specialist polishes.
Your motorbike has now been thoroughly cleaned, taken care of, and is ready for its next outing. Happy riding!