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Re: I need OCD
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2019, 01:17:14 PM »
*Originally Posted by NiK [+]
Rain is the perfect bike washing device:
- Free
- Low pressure
- Self applying
- Zero emission

I've been using it since day 1 (2001) and never regreted it ;-)

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Yeap, this morning we had a torrential downpour here in NY, lightning thunder and all the works. west side highway turned into a parking lot because some idiot had to crash, of course. but the good news is, the bike (and my gear) couldn't have been wetter if I tried to cross the Hudson river without using any of the tunnels or bridges on the bike. squeaky clean - I could hear the brakes squeaking... I think... could be the boots. Man these Sidi Adventures squeak and squeak...  :821:
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Re: I need OCD
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2019, 04:00:32 PM »
*Originally Posted by Icy [+]
couldn't have been wetter if I tried to cross the Hudson river without using any of the tunnels or bridges on the bike. squeaky clean
Since when does crossing the Hudson river make anything "clean" ?
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Re: I need OCD
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2019, 04:23:55 PM »
*Originally Posted by NiK [+]
Since when does crossing the Hudson river make anything "clean" ?
(c;

I didn't say "cleaner" I said "wetter"  :745:
"squeaky clean" part doesn't apply to the Hudson allegory. Also, I had to take something from the bike and man, the dirt and mud on the back side of the top case is a nightmare. I wish somebody was recording me on the road - I am so curious about that rooster effect... hmmm, I always thought the cars stay back out of respect; but maybe they are doing so just to stay away from the spray?  :745:
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Re: I need OCD
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2019, 04:25:29 PM »
*Originally Posted by Brianbrd [+]
It's a bike - if you love it you clean it!  :002:
If you love something, set it free!   :038:

Seriously, I give my bike a once-over a couple of times a year. I've got a couple of brushes (one stiff and one soft) that can reach into recesses. But I don't spend any more than about 15 minutes on it.
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Re: I need OCD
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2019, 07:04:39 PM »
i will say if you regularly ( monthly)  give her the once over the dirt comes flying off much easier  :001: id post a picture but its got too difficult to do of my 2012 beauty !
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Re: I need OCD
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2019, 07:56:10 PM »
I want it done properly! :159:

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Re: I need OCD
« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2019, 09:08:44 PM »
My bike gets cleaned once a year - I know how to treat the old girl right!

I dont do it myself of course - I know this chap who valets it properly then treats it with ACF50 - then I put her in the garage for the winter!!

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Re: I need OCD
« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2019, 06:11:41 PM »
I just finished a 2500 trip from Las Vegas to my new home north of Seattle (I didn't go straight home) and the TEX now looks like a proper adventure bike. I'd leave it as is for the verisimilitude the grime provides but for the gobs of insect protoplasm which is a bit disgusting. Butterfly innards apparently consist primarily of epoxy cement and are only a little bit harder to remove. The bike performed beautifully and didn't miss a beat in temperatures that ranged between 97 and 36 degrees, rain, snow, wind, and desert sun. I will buy her a new pair of tires to show my gratitude.

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Re: I need OCD
« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2019, 06:47:43 AM »
OK, I've now owned this bike a couple of weeks and just about got the running in milage covered and I've got to say I'm beginning to wonder if there isn't a bit of the "Kings new Clothes" story going on here, Yes I know this bike is supposed to have some off road credentials (God knows why anyone would want to take that weight off road) But all I see is a major design fault with the thing - ride it for 5 minutes in a minor shower on road and its filthy over the whole rear end.

I bet 95% of these bikes never go off road, in fact they advertise 3/4 of the models out of 7 as for the road, that's what the middle R stands for - so why in hell is the rear mudguard so in effective? You aren't a hero if your bike looks like sh#t and you have only done 5 minutes down the shops. You aren't a hero if you can't ride the bike without the top box to protect your passenger from looking like a skunk when she/he gets off the back. I wondered why the locks on the panniers had plastic covers? Seriously?  That's like an after thought to stop them clogging up - whats needed is a proper length fender for all road going versions, does anyone make one?

These bikes should come with a government health warning "You will be cleaning this bastard more than you will be riding it" And we have deliberately made it as awkward as possible to get fingers, cloth or cleaning materials into any area dirt gathers as possible! Triumph, you need a rethink! I know of far better ways of having a dirty weekend!

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Re: I need OCD
« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2019, 06:57:20 AM »
You need to add a home-made rear mudguard extender like some of us have done.  -Do a search on this forum.
Before I added mine, I got mud all the way up the back of the topbox, including into its lock.
With my home-made extender, just a sheet of black plastic, the topbox stays clean.

(On the front, I added a cheap eBay extender to my 2015 TEx, but on my 2018 Tiger I added the Triumph extender.)

 


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