7 Steps to Wash Your Own Motorcycle at Home


In recent days the weather conditions in Indonesia have been erratic, hot during the day and often after the heat the weather suddenly becomes cloudy and it rains. Conditions like that of course make the motor dirty faster because there will be a lot of mud and dirt stuck to some parts.

Therefore, the motor must be washed immediately when it is dirty. Washing your motorbike regularly can help keep engine components durable. For riders, a clean motorbike will also make riding activities more comfortable.

The following are tips for washing your own motorbike at home as explained by Main Dealer Yamaha PT. Lautan Teduh (Lampung) in an official statement (8/6/2022).

1. Prepare the tools needed

There are many simple and easy-to-find tools if you want to wash your motorbike at home, such as a water reservoir bucket, microfiber cloth to keep the motor body from scratching. If you don’t have one, you can use a cloth that has a smooth surface, at least 2 pieces. Also prepare a special shampoo for motorbikes, a large brush for washing tires, a small brush or toothbrush to reach narrow crevices. Then a water hose to make it easier to flush or wash the motorbike, but if you don’t have one, you can use a scoop by watering it.

2. Wash the motorbike with clean water when the motorbike is cold

The first thing you have to do in starting to wash your motorbike is to rinse the motorbike with clean water. However, keep in mind that when going to wash the motorbike, you must really make sure that the condition of the motorbike engine is cold, because a hot engine condition that is directly exposed to water will damage the engine block and exhaust base. Apart from the motor component factor, a hot engine is also at risk of injuring your hands when washing. For that, it would be nice if you wait a moment for the engine to cool down before washing.

3. Clean the bottom of the motor and then to the body of the motor

Before washing, make sure all the things in the trunk of the motorbike have been taken. The best way when washing is to spray water first on the legs of the motorcycle, such as tires, fenders, wheels, and the lower body, then the upper body. By spraying low pressure water will make the attached sand fall out. After the bottom is finished, start washing using a special motor shampoo from the top to the bottom repeatedly.

4. Use a brush for hard-to-reach areas

For some hard-to-reach areas, try scrubbing them with a brush. You can use an old toothbrush which is considered easier to reach the difficult areas. This is an effective way to touch areas where the foam is difficult to reach where the soap can get on. So, the clean becomes even. Or, another way you can do is use a small brush to clean dirt from tight spaces, areas that need to be scrubbed repeatedly, or sensitive engine parts. Use a stiff brush to clean dirt on tires and wheels.

5. Don’t leave soap residue

After all the motor parts have been washed with motor shampoo and brushed, then rinse with water. Try to use a hose to make it easier for you to rinse certain parts. Like the sidelines or narrow spaces that had previously been rubbed with a small brush or brush earlier. Make sure all parts have been thoroughly rinsed and make sure there is no soap left behind, as that can cause spots or spots. Avoid spraying or spraying with high pressure on the motor chain, so that the lubricant that coats the chain does not fall out, thereby reducing chain performance. In addition, water will also be at risk of causing rust which makes the chain break easily.

The right way to clean the chain is to mix anti-oil laundry soap mixed with gasoline. Splash onto the chain, then brush with a toothbrush evenly. When you’re done, you can apply chain lubricant to evenly spread over each joint of the chain.

6. Dry with a chamois cloth or microfiber cloth

When it has been rinsed and feels clean, dry the motor with a soft cloth or a chamois cloth that absorbs water. Do not dry the motor by standing still. Moreover, dried in direct sunlight. The reason is, the rinse water can trigger spots or spots if exposed to heat or wind. In fact, it is also possible that mushrooms will appear too. Therefore, it is recommended to dry it using a soft dry cloth that absorbs water. So, no water is left behind when drying it.

7. Wash the motorbike as needed

The interval or distance for washing the motorbike is adjusted to you, if the motorbike is often used daily, it is recommended to wash it often, especially when it rains at least once a week. Because if the rainwater is left to dry, it is feared that the paint will dull faster. It’s a different matter if you live and have activities on the coast. Sea water not only makes the motor body dull, but sea water can also make the components in the motor made of iron so rusty.