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Old 06-15-2017, 09:51 PM
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Cleaning under the plastics

I added a 2007 K1200GT to my stable and I've gone ahead and removed all the plastics in order to do the basic maintenance. (oil change, air filter change, etc.)

The Bike is in really good shape and everything is very tight for it's age. I've noticed that there is fair amount of dirt/dust build up in all the nooks and crannies that are now visible with the plastics removed. I would like to take a hose and soft brush dipped in soap and clean out these now visible areas. There is however, a large amount of wiring and wire harness connectors now visible.

What would be the good/better/best method to clean out these previously hidden areas of the bike?

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Re: Cleaning under the plastics

Not sure how much luck you would have with it but I have a Z750 kaw. that over time had accumulated a lot of dirt in those hard to reach places. I took a chance 1 Sunday morning and used a can of tire foam on the entire engine, by that afternoon it looked like a brand new engine. My .2 worth.
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Re: Cleaning under the plastics

When I had the tupperware off I would spray cleaner on a rag and wipe off the areas I could reach.
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Re: Cleaning under the plastics

I've been known to use toothbrushes....once I retire them from original duty....S100 works wonders as well.
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Re: Cleaning under the plastics

I mostly worried about water and other cleaning agents and their interaction with all the wiring and associated connectors.

The plastics do a decent job of keeping all that out of the weather as it remains dry and dusty.
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Re: Cleaning under the plastics

I'd go with a high-pressure air gun.
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Re: Cleaning under the plastics

The connectors I've seen on my newer BMWs are water tight. I use soft brush,
mild dish soap and gentle water spray. Then blow dry it with an leaf blower.
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Re: Cleaning under the plastics

Stay away from compressed air or power washer.
Use as little water as you can, start rinsing from the top.
S100 is absolutely amazing with how thorough it cleans with a total lack of human effort required.
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Re: Cleaning under the plastics

As a precaution just let it dry overnight after a light blowing of compressed air!
But defiantly do not use a pressure washer that has the potential to cause some headaches you won't want!
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