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    Washing the Hawk question

    Hey all,

    Forgive me if this is the GAYEST question ever asked, lol, but I was wondering if you all just go at it like washing a car, fully soak everything (engine/seat/chain/etc.) with soap and water and then rinse, or should you be protective of certain areas? I just ask b/c I think about hitting the bike with a hose and then having the water run under the seat, or engine into something it shouldn't...I was going to just go at the bike a piece at a time with a good all purpose cleaner (simple green/tuffstuff) and just do a dry type wash, but the bike is so freaking gunked up and dirty I would like to just soak it down, lather it up, and then rinse it, preferably with a powerwasher...Anyway please let me know, thanks,

    Jason
    Damn right it's a Hawk GT

    #2
    I just hose mine down. Ever ridden in a torential downpour? Everything gets soaked, but the bike keeps going

    It is not a bad idea to take off the seat and cleanup under there once in a while (the tank too, for that matter). If you remove the tank and have unipods cover them in a plastic bag. Otherwise just keep the spray from going into the air intake.
    '88 Hawk GT
    '89 Harley FXSTC
    2008 Yamaha V-Star 1300 tourer

    http://www.hawkgtforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=948

    "...my performance ain't perfect, but its loud, and its fast..." -Widespread Panic

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      #3
      Thanks for the post, I also did a search on here and found a thread where there was a link to this article and canyon chasers, best damn washing article out there, with pics...Damn I'm gonna get some pledge, I didn't know how great that stuff was, learn something new every day:

      http://www.canyonchasers.net/shop/generic/detailing.php
      Damn right it's a Hawk GT

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        #4
        Also:
        put a shopping bag ofer the gauges, to hepl keep out the spray. The tach / temp gauge has a notorious habit of fogging up.
        -I'm sorry....I did not know she was your sister.
        -If Buckleys cold mixture went rancid......how would anybody know????
        -Dont piss off the quiet guy with the chain saw.

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          #5
          be very careful with cleaners like simple green as they can streak, spot and stain your plastic and alloy parts if not washed off immediately. unfortunately, i know from experience!

          after a wash it's always good form to dry and re-lube your chain.
          "It's only getting worse."


          MY rides: '97 VFR750, '90 Red Hawk, '88 Blue/Black Hawk, '86 RWB VFR700 (3), '86 Yamaha Radian, '90 VTR250, '89 VTR250 (2), '73 CB125, '66 Yamaha YL-1

          Sold: '86 FJ1200, '92 ZX-7, '90 Radian, '73 CB750, '89 all-white Hawk, '88 blue Hawk, '86 FZ600, '86 Yam Fazer 700 , '89 VTR250, '87 VFR700F2, '86 VFR700F.

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            #6
            When I wash my ride, Spray Nine works wonders. It leaves all your black hoses a deep black, not glossy though. A simple hose down with the garden hose, Spray Nine, a scrub on the stubborn stains and a wash with the garden hose again seems to work great.
            1986 Honda NS400R
            1988 Honda Hawk GT

            Keep your feet on the pegs and your right hand cranked.

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              #7
              And may I add: moving parts / levers: WD40

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                #8
                I tend to do a dry clean rather than soapy suds one all over. I give the tank and cowl a rub with a soapy rag and then T-cut but all the engine area and wheels I tend to use WD40. I find WD40 great for cleaning the wheels and swing arm. Just remember to make a concious effort to steer well clear of the discs and any rubber parts.
                '88 Bros NT650J
                Progressive fork springs, '93 CBR600 F2 fork caps, CBR900RR rear shock, Puig 'Raptor' fly screen
                Fabitappi Monoposto seat cover, Heated grips, Braided brake lines, Buell indicators/turn signals
                Ceramic coated stock headers with custom Yoshi shorty muffler & Muzzy collector

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                  #9
                  I just came across this set of interesting 5 part vids on Youtube on washing a bike. They are by Nick Hine (I think he is a member on here), the same guy who did the Bros 400 review.

                  http://www.youtube.com/user/DrivenandRidden
                  '88 Bros NT650J
                  Progressive fork springs, '93 CBR600 F2 fork caps, CBR900RR rear shock, Puig 'Raptor' fly screen
                  Fabitappi Monoposto seat cover, Heated grips, Braided brake lines, Buell indicators/turn signals
                  Ceramic coated stock headers with custom Yoshi shorty muffler & Muzzy collector

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                    #10
                    I quite like the effing dirty look for the Bros, it works quite well.
                    '95 ShaftHawk 650P>
                    Front: Bros Mk2 front wheel; Mk1 forks; MetalGear disc; NC30 caliper; cb1 yoke.
                    Breathing: Hacked up and shortened ART tri-can on collector and link pipe from DemonTweeks.
                    Other: RGV bars; DefT dash; modded subframe; modded rearsets; relocated ignition.

                    '91 Bros 650 Mk1>
                    Currently off the road.

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                      #11
                      Thanks to Cfiiman for a great post - I was about to ask this question myself!

                      And thanks to Canyonchasers for being an incredible resource!!!
                      1988 "BlackHawk" project
                      1989 "RallyHawk" is Chuck's now!
                      1988 "The Gray" Tempest Gray Metallic stocker

                      I can't tell you how peaceful it is. Shinya Kimura
                      People who know ride Hawks. Riot

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