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    Cleaning wheels !

    I searched to no avail.
    I hosed the ST off yesterday, and decided to wash the wheels (I've had the bike 3 or 4 years and hadn't done anything by hose them).
    They left quite a bit of dirt on the wash cloth...but the surfaces seem to be unevenly colored grey/silver...
    Three questions:
    1) Does anyone clean their wheels?
    2) Should I?
    3) What is the proper procedure?

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    Re: Cleaning wheels !

    Don't use wheel cleaner, seems the silver paint doesn't like it very well.

    I tired it a few times trying to clean up my front tire on the '05, they just got worse, so I wash the dirt off and don't worry about 'em.
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    Re: Cleaning wheels !

    Unlike goldwing rims ours are painted or powdercoated...or at least yours were. The acidic brake dust you left on your rims probably ate the paint off the rims. I'd use something like simple green a d a soft paint brush. You should clean or blow off (safely) at least weekly .02

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    Re: Cleaning wheels !

    I use a nylon brush and detergent soap and warm water to clean mine. They aren't clean right now.
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    Re: Cleaning wheels !

    Car type 'wheel cleaner' only on very bad cases... normally BelRay MotoClean motorcycle shampoo and a bit of sponge wiping does a perfect job. But I thread the painted ST1100 rims with a polish/wax combo product named Ultra Gloss Superpolish, like all the other painted parts/surfaces (and my car). Its less abrasive, whilst more chemically reacting with the lacquer surface, this even 'heals' minor scratches; but its most beneficial ability is the resistance against soap & detergents, so it won't wash off (like all the stuff from Sonax, etc...) and that it'll last up to 18 months before requiring a new application. On the hereby sealed rim color coat the brake dust simply doesn't stick as badly as on an untreated paint with corroded/porous surface.
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    Re: Cleaning wheels !

    What really works for me is Orange or GoJo type cleaners. They really cut the grime. I'll use a stiff bristle brush or a tooth brush for tight spots. Rinse it off, the rims look like new. I'll try to post a pic when I find the one I took after the first time I used it.
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    Re: Cleaning wheels !

    Fantastic or 409 for really dirty wheels; otherwise just wash them with the rest of the bike.

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    Re: Cleaning wheels !

    When I washed the bike, I used Simple Green on the wheels and ABS assemblies.....with a terry rag.
    The combo did okay....
    I'm thinking that next time I'll try a nylon "scrubbie" with Simple Green.
    Thanks for the help!

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    Re: Cleaning wheels !

    Take the wheels off the bike and have em chromed.....
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    Re: Cleaning wheels !

    Quote Originally Posted by georgeorge View Post
    Take the wheels off the bike and have em chromed.....
    I have thought about getting them powdercoated...

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