Last Saturday, June 21st, was the first day of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere.
How should one celebrate I pondered. Well, since Troubadour was teaching another Team Oregon class, I decided the first thing to do was ride to coffee.
Seven bikes made an appearance. Only one non-rider attended, but he was in his swanky blue Lotus heading to a car show in Grand Ronde, so he was forgiven.
|(Triumphs always seem to outnumber the others)|
I arrived home from coffee just before noon and by then the temperature warmed up considerably. It went from a cool 54˚F (12˚C) ride to coffee, to a toasty 75˚F (23.8˚C) ride home.
Now, since it was the first day of summer and I really didn't have any other plans, I decided to give Max his annual bath. Yes, I said annual. I thought it was a good time to rid him of the winter road grime and protective layer of insect carcasses and bug splatter.
Turns out he shines up pretty nice.
|(Max, all shiny and clean - for now)|
I used Ice carwash by Turtle wax and a microfiber cloth and toothbrush to clean the grime off, then dried it with another microfiber cloth.
|(Photo by Motorcycle Superstore)|
The pièce de résistance was using Troubadour's super duper clear coat in a can. A year or two ago he discovered Maxima SC1 Silicone Detailer, "New bike in a can" and man is it nice stuff. Spray it on, wait 30 seconds, buff to a shine.
It can be used on plastic, fiberglass, and painted surfaces. I made sure to stay away from the seat, don't want that too slippery.
If you've never used it, you might want to give it a try. It contains silicone (just as the name suggests) and "prevents mud and dirt from adhering to plastic" and "leaves a dry film to protect against the elements." So far Troubadour has had no issues when used on his bikes so I thought I'd give it a try.
I liked how it made the hand guards look new as well as the black plastic turn signal housings and the black plastic on the radiator guards. +1 and recommended.
Now....... just to find time to get out and ride and see how much dirt and/or bugs stick to the bike. Challenge accepted.
- Au Revoir
" In winter I get up at night, and dress by yellow candlelight. In summer quite the other way, I have to go to bed by day." - Robert Louis Stevenson