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Bluesman
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PostSubject: Cleaning engine fins.   Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:01 am

Have never cleaned the engine fins in the 2 years I've had the bike and not surprisingly they are looking rubbish. Anyone got any tips for cleaning them?
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PostSubject: Re: Cleaning engine fins.   Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:07 am

Washing up brush and muck off or similar would get in those hard to reach places .
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PostSubject: Re: Cleaning engine fins.   Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:21 am

After you've cleaned it. DRY IT. Try http://www.bikedryer.co.uk/ a truly brilliant machine. Worth every penny. Whole bike dry in about 5 mins. Say goodbye to rust ! :bike4:
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PostSubject: Re: Cleaning engine fins.   Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:38 am

John, I have never physically cleaned my fins and they look as good as the day I bought the bike. Mine just get lightly jet washed, before using a spray cleaner & then rinsing and blow drying. Blow drying sounds a bit anal but it only takes two minutes to do the whole bike & it prevents rust and as all the water has been blown off.

Clive, I always dry my bike after washing it and considered one of those a few years back but I am a tight arse & bought a £30 leaf blower which I use every time I clean my bike without fail.
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PostSubject: Re: Cleaning engine fins.   Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:45 pm

Cheers guys! I so seldom wash my bike I can wait for a windy day! The leaf blower sounds the next best bet!
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PostSubject: Re: Cleaning engine fins.   Sun Aug 26, 2012 4:29 pm

Leaf blower sounds good to me. My £200.00 Air Force Drier, whilst doing an excellent job by virtue of the fact that it warms the air, is just a method that takes a little less time than a leaf blower. Mine was a gift from father-in-law. Would have been unlikely to spend that amount myself.
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PostSubject: Re: Cleaning engine fins.   Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:57 pm

I would be very happy with such a gift
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PostSubject: Re: Cleaning engine fins.   Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:12 pm

I took his daughter off his hands. Surely, the least he could do. :yright:
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PostSubject: Re: Cleaning engine fins.   Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:47 pm



Hmmmm - tried bike cleaner and a brush. I think it's gone beyond that! Did the top fin withn WD40 and wire wool - that's better! 2 years worth of dirt and grime, unfortunately. That header fixing looks pretty in need of TLC too. My trouble is I just enjoy riding too much and never think of cleaning - I don't think the bike's been cleaned since the winter wash down in March! I'll soon have it looking sparkling again, honest.
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PostSubject: Re: Cleaning engine fins.   Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:14 pm

Colin an air force blower as a dowry sounds pretty good to me, I would rather have that than a couple of goats
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PostSubject: Re: Cleaning engine fins.   Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:20 pm

Bluesman wrote:
Crickey John, I think your bikes in need of a little bit of love. The problem is that when they start furring up like that it just starts getting harder and harder to clean as time goes by because the shite from the road sits on the bike even easyier, Might be worth spraying with a bit of WD and lightly rubbing with the green thing from the kitchen. and then just randomely spraying it to help stop it getting worse
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PostSubject: Re: Cleaning engine fins.   Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:12 pm

captain crash wrote:
Bluesman wrote:
Crickey John, I think your bikes in need of a little bit of love. The problem is that when they start furring up like that it just starts getting harder and harder to clean as time goes by because the shite from the road sits on the bike even easyier, Might be worth spraying with a bit of WD and lightly rubbing with the green thing from the kitchen. and then just randomely spraying it to help stop it getting worse

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