Buying a 2015 899 Panigale soon, but I need help on keeping it showroom ready. I'm going to be using it daily just for the gym which is about 4 miles away. Should it be cleaned EVERY ride? also, can a foam cannon be used on a bike?
The Panagle to ride 4 miles to the Gym--isn't that a little over kill?:wink:
Buy it, get it painted that ugly primer color that you like.
Wash and wax it every day before your long, first gear only trip to the Gym
What kind of bikes have you had, what do you have now, where do you live and how old are you??:biggrin:
I'm sort of reminded of a young spud that started posting on here that was 16 or so and had only ridden a Honda Trail 90 on the dirt. We tried to give him sage advice but he kept asking inane question and didn't seem to respond to advice.
Unless you have LOTS of experience, the Ducati is way to much of a bike for you and you will probably end up wrecking it an hurting yourself.
Duc's are for experienced riders and anyone asking about something as rudimentary as cleaning has no idea about bikes at all. This means you have no idea about simple maintenance that is essential on sportbikes.
I have no idea what a FOAM cannon is but I assume you are talking about pressure washers??? No, don't use them as high pressure water is forced into every crack, crevice and electrical part of a bike. Of course, with as few miles as you may put on ANY bike, it probably won't get dirty and even won't have time to adequately charge it's battery.:biggrin:
Mind boggling,does the foam cannon mount on the bike?I am with Porky here,if you don't know how often you should clean a bike are you sure you need a rocket underneath you.Maybe we should be talking MSF courses and Honda Rebels here.
OP, you do not need to wash your bike every day. You can, but most just wash them when they are dirty. Some of us just wash them when we cant tell what color they are anymore. . Pressure washers are, in general, a bad idea for the reasons mentioned by Porky.
I used to ride 3.25 miles to work, and when the oil change was due, some 'peanut butter' came out with the oil. That was water-oil mix, from not getting the oil hot enough to make the water evaporate from the crankcase. I changed my route, to 5 miles, which helped get it warmer, but always took a longer ride once a week to bake it out, perhaps 20 miles, minimum.