Never Send Your Bike to A Car Wash


I’m a quite busy man and sometimes, I really can’t find time to wash my bike. Usually, I just leave my bike in dirty condition until I have time to wash it. But, it looked very dirty that I decide to send it to a car wash to get it cleaned. This is my first time having my bike get cleaned at the car wash. Well, it was BIG mistake!

The car wash there used some kind of chemical to clean the bike from oil and grease. My friend said that this chemical is air-cond chemical, but I don’t know specifically what type is it. What happened is that my Lagenda 115ZR engine casing on both side suffered from black spot stain. When I got my bike home, I just thought it might be normal stain that is easily wiped away. I was wrong. The stain are almost permanent and cannot be wash by water, oil and detergent. The stain are unbearable to see if you are someone who care for your bike.
Fortunately, I tried to use rust removal that is Autosol and luckily it works. Autosol works but it takes me about an hour to get it cleaned. After one hour, I can only clean 80% of the stain since some stain are not easy to reach.
I have learnt my lesson here; NEVER SEND YOUR BIKE TO A CAR WASH to get it cleaned! It just might gets dirtier than before.

Co-founder of Bikes Republic and a motoring journalist by night. He is a self described enthusiasts with a passion for speed but instead rides a Harley and a J300. A man of contradictions, he is just as passionate about time off in the quiets as he is about trail braking into turn one at Sepang Circuit on two or four wheels.

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