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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-15-2015, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Using the Burger all year round in the NE is fun but takes its' toll on the exposed metal due to salty water, freezing temps etc. My front brakes were hit the hardest and I had to take them apart this last Spring. I always wished I could wash the scoot down but the freezing temps of the last two winters ruled that out. When it was warm enough it was just too cold for me to play around with a hose as I haven't been in top physical condition lately. I am sure I have not discovered anything new here as some of you probably already do it but I took the Burger to the DIY car wash and soaped, rinsed and air-dried it. No Wax, you don't need waxy tires or brake discs. I had always thought that the high pressure would do something bad to some part of the bike. I found the pressure was fine and that I could always back away to reduce it when needed. It worked great and gives me a super tool to keep the Burger from squeaking and corrosion. The fact that I can dry it with the blower is much needed icing on the cake as the wet drops would immediately freeze. Best deal around at $3.50 a pop. Oh, the Burger was as happy as a pup with a stick and lookin' good too.
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I bought a cheap-o power washer from Harborfreight. It was less than $100 and I had a 20% coupon. I ride all year(roads permitting), and have had it for four years now. It takes less than five minutes to hook it up, and wash whichever bike I used. Then I pull the bike into the garage, which never gets below 40*, onto a large piece of cardboard. It can drip dry or if I feel ambitious , I dry it by hand. I only wash it like this after five or six rides, so it's not a hassle at all. Keeps them looking good, and no salt residue worries!

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If I had a garage I would definitely consider that. Lugging it up and down three stair landings doesn't work for me. At $3.50 a hot soap & water wash & dry I can do it about 30xs. Four times a winter is six years worth of washing at $100 for the power washer and I'll be 70 by then and in a warmer zone with bigger bugs or bust.
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That has to be tough winter washing these beasts. Being lucky to live in San Diego, I just usually buy that spray wax cleaner crap and wipe her down every ride. As for snow and salt......dang thats not easy
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Best thing we ever had in Minnesota was a heated garage with a drain in the floor!
Dad would make us wash the cars and bikes regularly all winter long.

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Best thing we ever had in Minnesota was a heated garage with a drain in the floor!
Dad would make us wash the cars and bikes regularly all winter long.
Yes when I lived in Rochester it was cool, moved to CA and was like "y'all garage ain't insulated?!"
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Just because you don't have a garage, you can still wash it at home. Get one of those plastic garden sprayers from the store. Fill it w/warm,soapy water, pump it up and spray. When you're done, empty it and fill it again to rinse. It will do the job nicely, until it warms up and you can do a proper wash.
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Just because you don't have a garage, you can still wash it at home. Get one of those plastic garden sprayers from the store. Fill it w/warm,soapy water, pump it up and spray. When you're done, empty it and fill it again to rinse. It will do the job nicely, until it warms up and you can do a proper wash.
Good idea but too much work. Don't forget I have a ton of stairs to deal with and then the puddle under the bike that will freeze in a matter of hours. Plus I would have to wipe it down by hand.
I love to wash the Burger by hand which gives me an opportunity to to give it a closer inspection but for a few months where it is really inconvenient to do so, I will continue to take it to the car wash. BTW, they just sprayed salt everywhere and a melt is coming so The Burger is going to get it's dose of salt water real soon. I hope to have it out as soon as I can see dry black top on the main streets.
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Normally the winters here are mild. Right after Christmas we got the storm of the century in New Mexico with Roswell being hit the hardest. I couldn't ride for nearly a week. Once I could there were piles of snow everywhere milting and leaving puddles. Needless to say my Burg is filty! Luckily they don't use salt here so it is just clean dirt. If I get a chance later this week I will wash it.

Here is a pick of my burg right after the first night of snow.

It would be even deeper in if I hadn't shaken the snow off the cover before going to bed.
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I've always heard that the areas to be careful around with a power washer/car wash wand are the axle/ wheel bearings. High pressure water can penetrate the seals and wreak havoc with the bearings.
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