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post #1 of 17 Old 11-06-2019, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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Who cleans their bike with a microfiber? Is it any better?

I'm new to microfiber cleaning cloths, got a few from Harbor Freight and they work great for some things.

I'm mainly looking to clean dust/dirt build up on the mirrors, tank, gauges, etc... Hope I can dry wipe without scratches, with they do that?

Right now, I usually use a spray polish and a dry rag. Works pretty well, just wondering if a microfiber will do a better job and not damage things like the finish or mirrors.

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post #2 of 17 Old 11-06-2019, 05:14 PM
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I use a window cleaner and paper towel on my mirrors. Or just a wash.

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I'm new to microfiber cleaning cloths, got a few from Harbor Freight and they work great for some things.

I'm mainly looking to clean dust/dirt build up on the mirrors, tank, gauges, etc... Hope I can dry wipe without scratches, with they do that?

Right now, I usually use a spray polish and a dry rag. Works pretty well, just wondering if a microfiber will do a better job and not damage things like the finish or mirrors.
Where are you at re the clutch assembly?
All sorted out now?

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I use a window cleaner and paper towel on my mirrors. Or just a wash.
A paper towel?!
Yikes!!
My guess is you dab absorb and don't do any energetic heavily loaded rubbing.
Then all is OK and always will be.

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Hahaha!..no worries mcromo. I consider mirrors disposable. I use cheap ones. Once they look ragged they go onto the dirt bike to get smash up at some point. I flog down a lot of tight overgrown trails.
Mostly I just wash them along with rest of the bike and dry with a towel/rag.
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Paper towels are made to be absorbant. Paper towels are not made for cleaning. They leave a haze behind when used on something like a windshield. Use a Scott shop towel instead, or a micro fiber towel.

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My bad. I use so much wrong stuff on my bike. I've learnt a lot from this site. Looks like I got a ways to go.

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My bad. I use so much wrong stuff on my bike. I've learnt a lot from this site. Looks like I got a ways to go.
You're much too hard on yourself.

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Where are you at re the clutch assembly?
All sorted out now?
I didn't do anything about it. It's been months and I'm not exactly sure what to look for, maybe paint marks on the edge, but here's the thing: if I got it wrong (random 6 or 7 in 1 chance?) then I have some 14,000 miles on it from this partial season alone.

If I did get it wrong, and if it does damage, I guess it's already done it's damage.

I don't remember the markings on each disk, and I know I was VERY careful with them... so I noticed the difference from the inner most and so after looking at each one (which I'm sure I did) I couldn't see a difference.

In other words, I really don't know what difference it would make at this point.

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I didn't do anything about it. It's been months and I'm not exactly sure what to look for, maybe paint marks on the edge, but here's the thing: if I got it wrong (random 6 or 7 in 1 chance?) then I have some 14,000 miles on it from this partial season alone.

If I did get it wrong, and if it does damage, I guess it's already done it's damage.

I don't remember the markings on each disk, and I know I was VERY careful with them... so I noticed the difference from the inner most and so after looking at each one (which I'm sure I did) I couldn't see a difference.

In other words, I really don't know what difference it would make at this point.
14,000 miles on it and no problems nor hints of.
Sounds like you had it right to begin with.

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14,000 miles on it and no problems nor hints of.
Sounds like you had it right to begin with.
Hard to say if I had it right or if it really didn't make much difference. TBH, I really don't remember seeing one as special other than the inner one, but I MIGHT have. It would have been in a package with a different part number, but because I didn't install it for months after buying it, I might have forgotten those details.

I guess at this point, whatever damage it would have done is already done.

I would like to see the two different ones and see the actual difference between them.

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I think the inner and outer can be slightly thicker than the others. There's also that alternate slot thing for the outer.

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post #13 of 17 Old 11-07-2019, 11:33 AM
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For painted surfaces, microfiber to avoid swirls. To dry, special drying microfiber.


After that, you should try a sealant on painted surfaces, headlight and glasses. The bugs and dirt will washed out easier with that products applied.

Seal n' Shine is getting very famous for that. Many videos in youtube. Check it out.

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post #14 of 17 Old 11-07-2019, 04:42 PM
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Yes, considering that you can buy inexpensive microfiber towels today, and wash and reuse them, they really are better. I use a little spray bottle of Johnson's Baby Shampoo (no petroleum in it) with water diluted about 10:1. You can spray it on plastic face shields, plexi windscreens, chrome, paint, leather gear-- let it soak a few minutes, then gently wipe off dirt and bugs off with a microfiber cloth. It doesn't leave a residue, and doesn't scratch if you are careful to use a clean surface of the towel. Also a cheap answer in the long run.

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Microfiber is great, I save a lot of shop towels by using microfibers to clean everything. I use them with Simple Green to get bugs and grime off, and then Mother's Quick Detailer to polish. I also clay bar and wax the painted surfaces once a year.

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Microfiber towels are all I use on my bike, car and boat. You can get a huge pack at Costco and after a couple of washes, if one is stained, I simply throw it out. Prefer washing them before use because they leave some fluffs on surfaces when new.

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