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Offline Swanny

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Drying your X
on: September 10, 2020, 07:46:28 PM
I'm one of those strange ones that likes to keep his bike clean but I've found the X to be a pain in the bum to clean because of all the scaffolding and panels etc. Water doesn't drain away after it's been washed and that leave water marks  :006:  :009: :012:


Thinking about getting myself a bike drier to blast it all out but wondering if anyone has tried one?  :084:

Cheap one on ebay


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£44.30

I know it says pets and is pink but it's cheaper than the one that's black and says bikes.  :153:
Last Edit: September 10, 2020, 07:48:38 PM by Swanny
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Re: Drying your X
Reply #1 on: September 10, 2020, 07:53:22 PM
I dry my bike on highway - 70-80 mph works great.  For better results you can always go faster  :001:
Last Edit: September 10, 2020, 07:56:00 PM by timur

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Re: Drying your X
Reply #2 on: September 10, 2020, 08:57:42 PM
Hi Swanny

That's very similar to the pet dryer that I've got...bought it a couple of years ago. It's good for getting water out of all the nooks-and-crannies but is not a quick process! It's quite easy just to blow water from one side of the bike to the other until you get the knack of the right angles to use. My one is a rather lurid purple colour as I wasn't comfortable enough with my own sexuality to get a pink one!  :001:

timur's method would work too!  :152:

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Re: Drying your X
Reply #3 on: September 10, 2020, 09:26:55 PM
Bought one a few years back for £25. It has two heat settings and 2 drier speeds, works great, use it every bike wash.
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Last Edit: September 10, 2020, 09:28:13 PM by HondaRebel

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Re: Drying your X
Reply #4 on: September 10, 2020, 09:31:43 PM
And jokes aside - the unique way to dry the chain, the water between radiator fins and around brake calipers and discs is riding the bike. I never park my bike right after washing it - always make 5 km or so at fast pace on highway to dry it before leaving it in a garage. Hot engine also helps evaporate the moisture under the tank.

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Re: Drying your X
Reply #5 on: September 10, 2020, 10:30:40 PM
I use my electric leaf blower , don't use it on switches and or the dash area.

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Re: Drying your X
Reply #6 on: September 11, 2020, 08:46:20 AM
*Originally Posted by timur [+]
And jokes aside - the unique way to dry the chain, the water between radiator fins and around brake calipers and discs is riding the bike. I never park my bike right after washing it - always make 5 km or so at fast pace on highway to dry it before leaving it in a garage. Hot engine also helps evaporate the moisture under the tank.

But you'll get it dirty again  :033:

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Re: Drying your X
Reply #7 on: September 11, 2020, 08:55:07 AM
*Originally Posted by Swanny [+]
But you'll get it dirty again  :033:

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I thought exactly the same thing!! 

I must admit that after washing the bike I just give it a very thorough dry with a chamois and then a light spray of Putoline PPF-52 water dispersant on the engine bolts and casings.....  :034:
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Re: Drying your X
Reply #8 on: September 11, 2020, 09:31:13 AM
*Originally Posted by Swanny [+]
But you'll get it dirty again  :033:

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That's true - just realised you have different climate :430:

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Re: Drying your X
Reply #9 on: December 22, 2020, 06:58:14 PM
I use an air compressor - if you don't have one use the exhaust from a shop-vac.
If you have neither get something!    :138: