Everyone who owns a sweet ride knows how great it feels to be riding a shiny, clean machine. Chrome glimmers, and scenery reflects off the glossy sheetmetal. A necessary chore for owning-make that riding-a nice sled is having to keep it looking its best. This usually means cleaning off road grime, brake-pad dust, grease, oil, debris, water spots, and anything else before the motorcycle is ready to be presented to the world in all its glory.
The major downside is that washing and detailing your bike takes valuable time and energy, time better spent out riding on that perfect summer Saturday morning.
We have always disliked washing our bikes, mostly because of the time taken away from riding and the prep work of assembling the sponges, brushes, rags, soap, degreaser, wax, polish, and towels, along with those sundry specialty cleaning products that claim to save the planet. After spending a couple of hours sweating on the hard ground, fingers sore and bleeding, the ensuing ride just isn't as enjoyable. There has to be a better way. We'd heard there was but were always skeptical of wonder cleaners.
One recommended cleaner was from S100 Cycle Products. The manufacturer claims the S100 products make bike cleaning easy. Basically all you need to do is spray them on and spray away the grime with a hose, then dry your bike and ride.
With that said, we got our hands on the S100 Total Cycle Cleaner. It has a finish restorer, corrosion protectant, and detail + wax, along with a drying towel. We put the product to a little test on a bike that had a few hundred miles of rain under its belt. The entire bike was filthy, much dirtier than usual due to the road-grime mixture that had dried and crusted over the machine. We decided to use the S100 Total Cycle Cleaner on the whole bike; however, on one side of the bike we would use the old method of crouching, scrubbing, and cussing, while for the other we'd follow the simple S100 directions of just spraying and rinsing.
Cutting to the chase, we respectfully apologize to S100 for our skepticism regarding its cleaning products. Not only was the process fast and easy, but there was virtually no difference between the two sides of the bike when we were done. It came out white-glove clean with a deep shine that had no water marks.