That stuff is really hard to keep fresh looking. I know this sounds crude, but after an oil change, I use the oily rag to on that stuff. It gets rid of the dusty look and makes it black again.Also, I haven't found anything to use on the matte black plastic pieces; Would like to hear what others are using on that.
Sounds like we are of the same ilk here. I have always kept my bikes well maintained, and have kept most for years. But cleaning.... never have been bothered. To me motorcycles are to be used, not to be looked at.+1 on the "no armor all". Unlike Nike...."just DON'T do it" !
That's not a good idea for painted finishes. Dish washing liquid will strip the wax right off your finish, leaving your paint completely unprotected in the sun. You're better off just using plain water if you want to keep it inexpensive and simple.I wash mine with dishwashing liquid in warm water to get marks etc off. then I rinse it with cold water and wipe dry.
Your best bet is going to be starting with an old-fashioned bucket, soap, and a hand wash mit. I washed mine just yesterday. Suds her up nice and good, let a freeflowing hose do the rinsing (as to not use pressurised nozzles which can easily push the dirt into the paint causing scratches). The point about the leafblower is the best thing I've heard on here so far. Bikes are a pain to get completely dry with all those knooks and crannys, leaf blower works perfectly. Once shes nice and dry I'd suggest applying at least one coat of wax, (I like a paste wax, particularily a pure caranuba wax like mothers, etc.) apply it thin and evenly over the surface of all of your plastics, winshiels, lights, even your helmet and shield (this will help the water bead off in the event you get caught in the rain). Let it dry until you can take the wax off with a swipe of the finger, then use a microfibre cloth and apply pressure in a circular or linear motion to get that wax buffed into the surface. Once your done it should look **** good. You should do this every couple washes, but for a more quick solution after a wash try a Quick Detailer, I like Wizards Mist and Shine - It is simply the best on the market. For your plastics, Armor all is garbage, it dries out your vynyl, so I would use a product called Mothers Back to Black, it lasts ten times longer and puts a much better shine - just dont put it anywhere you don't want to slide offWhat do you recommend for cleaning the bike, waxing, and keeping he seat nice and conditioned?