How do you wash a motorcycle at a car wash?

I’ve only owned a motorcycle for a few months, but it’s about time to get it cleaned. I used to take my car through the car wash, but I don’t know how that’s supposed to work with a bike. Is there a good way to wash my motorcycle at a car wash?

If you ask most motorcycle owners how you should wash your bike at a car wash, they’ll give you a simple answer—don’t! High water pressure can damage your bearings, paint, electrical, and chain. Plus, quick temperature changes could warp your engine.
But, if you still want to wash your motorcycle at a car wash, use these tips:
  • Only use manual car washes.
  • Wait at least 10 minutes for the engine to cool before you start.
  • Only use low water pressure to spray it down.
  • Work in sections to avoid spraying exposed leather.
  • Don’t use detergent soaps since some of them may react poorly with aluminum.
  • Use a degreaser to clean your engine instead of soap and water.
Cleaning your motorcycle can be a chore, but it’s a part of general bike maintenance. If you can, your motorcycle will be better off with an old-fashioned scrub. Using a wet, soapy cloth and degreaser will help your motorcycle get clean without the risk of damage.
Beyond general maintenance, protect your new motorcycle with a roadside assistance membership from Jerry. Jerry’s membership provides you with industry-leading roadside assistance, including benefits like towing, lockout service, and a mechanics hotline. To find out if you’re eligible, you can check the app or call one of our friendly agents. You may qualify for a special rate of $50 for your first year!
Joshua Levy
Answered on Nov 18, 2021

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