I am one of those guys that spends too much time cleaning and polishing my motorcycle. If i buy a used bike i spend weeks cleaning it to perfection. I lay on a the floor cleaning rag in hand and remove any and all dirt,bungs grease etc. After every ride i go over the bike and spot clean it.I got a nick name at our Monday night bike night PLEDGE
,. I have no interest in being the fastest guy up the mountain. But i do love being asked what year is my bike or is it new. No matter how hard you try you will not find a dead bug on my bike. I use a lot of Q tips
Sold my 2007 SV 650 to the first person that looked at it for more than he wanted to pay. My 2007 919 is shinier than when it was new.But my bikes are not hanger Queens i ride them. If it looks like rain [ so cal no rain ] i will not ride, I average 400 miles a month year round. I never keep it parked in the sun all day
By the way if you do not know Pledge is a awesome motorcycle cleaner. Plastic, paint, rubber, frame . spray it on and wipe it down.
I gotta laugh at the above.
Three of us had SOHC CB750s in the early 70s, each of us bought new.
My two friends washed, and cleaned, and waxed, and polished.
I thought wax build up in the production welds of that era really looked ugly, but that was where they drew their "max time allowed" line.
Shiny bright squeaky clean - with wax build up in the welds.
I hated such work, and bemoaned the time taken.
I bought a squeeze spray bottle and filled it with varsol.
Went to the coin op car wash, sprayed it on, then used the car wash wand for soap and rinse.
By the time I rode it home, a short ways a way, the chain would be dry and I would relube it.
My way took a fraction of the time, so I got more riding time.