How to Wash a Motorcycle

Washing Motorcycle Wheel

Whether you’re a longtime rider or just starting out, you know how much road grime accumulates while riding around Coeur D’Alene, ID on your motorcycle. You probably also understand how much damage that grime can do to your motorcycle’s parts, paint, and upholstery. Fortunately, cleaning it up and keeping it looking its best requires only basic supplies you can find around the Spokane, WA area and, of course, a bit of your time. Read on to learn how to wash a motorcycle!

Gather Supplies

Before you begin, it’s essential to make sure you have all the equipment you need to get the job done. All these items can be found at your local Post Falls, ID hardware store or superstore.

Essential Supplies:

  • WD-40
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Clean, dry, lint-free towels
  • Degreaser
  • Toothbrush/detail brushes
  • Soap automotive cleaner
  • Bug and tar remover

Optional Supplies:

  • Auto or motorcycle wax
  • Chrome cleaner
  • Leather/vinyl cleaner
  • Glass cleaner

Many riders find it helpful to have a 5-gallon bucket handy to store everything in a convenient location.


If you’ve just hopped off your bike, allow it to cool down before you begin the cleaning process. Wetting down a hot engine can cause damage to your engine, possibly leading to expensive repairs. Once cooled, pre-cleaning can begin:

  • Clean the Chain. WD-40 works as a solvent to remove dirt and grease and can be used to lubricate the chain after the bike is cleaned.
  • Get in the Crevices. Use a soft brush to clean non-chrome bits and to scrub dirt and debris from difficult-to-reach places. Keep in mind that you should steer clear of brake lines and bearings.

Complete Wash

Remove accumulated dirt by using a soft sponge and cool water. If you’ve driven down salted Coeur D’Alene, ID winter roads, make sure to be more thorough with rinsing. If your bike has plastic components, use a mild soap and be sure to rinse thoroughly when finished.

 Hand Washing Motorcycle with Sponge

Dry Your Bike

Dry your bike thoroughly with a soft, lint-free cloth to prevent any water spotting. Once your bike is clean and dry, you can apply vinyl or leather protectant to the seat. This is also the time you would lubricate the chain and bearings.

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