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Old 08-12-2007, 06:41 PM   #1
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Father-inlaw just bought an '05 Road King. He lives on a gravel road so the bike is always covered in dust. Is there a specific product anyone here would recommend to take the dust off? I want to buy him something so he can dust it off once he hits the pavement or decides to cruise around town. I was thinking maybe some sort of feather duster or soft rag.

He lives in the Midwest so the winter will be hard and cold. I don't know what his specific plans are for winter storage other a barn with a dirt floor. Anyone here have any specific storage instructions? I was thinking to put the tires up on planks of wood and buy a cover to fit at the very least.

Thanks in advance for any info or advice.
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Old 08-12-2007, 06:50 PM   #2
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I usually am disassembling my bike in the winter but, and this may not work with a Harley:
Put up on stands
Change oil
Put Stabil in FULL fuel tank and run to get thru system
Pull battery and put on tender
Since it's in a barn put aluminum foil over exhaust
Consider bringing in the seats, could become mouse food/apartment.
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Old 08-12-2007, 06:54 PM   #3
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Hmm, I'll leave the cleaning ideas to others, but I'd just point out that you want to be sure to find something that doesn't grind the dust into the paint and chrome. A feather duster or the like might be good, but I really don't have a lot of experience. (I lived in Seattle and my problem was more water spots than dust!)

As for the storage, by ALL MEANS try to find a better surface than a dirt floor! Even if it's freezing the floor will be damp and will encourage rust. Putting a tarp or plywood down will NOT be sufficient, because the rest of the barn will still be damp. Your Pa-in-law will be best off getting a well-made storage shed for the bike, if he doesn't want to refloor the barn or store the bike in a proper garage.
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Old 08-12-2007, 07:19 PM   #4
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Water works pretty well. Just hose it off.
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Old 08-13-2007, 07:17 AM   #5
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I have to agree, other than washing the bike every once in awhile I don't see what you could do about coating of dust. Any loose dust will blow off once you get up to highway speeds and soap and water should take care of the rest. As Sister Sachi said up here it's usually road spray and water we worry about keeping out, not dust. I rarely even wash my bikes in the summer.


I'd be more concerned with making sure the intake system was tight like putting a little sealer around the two rubber breather tubes that go into the back of the airfilter element and regular cleaning or replacment of the a/f. and making sure the wheel bearings don't get to caked with crud.

As far as barn storage, the tin foil over the pipes and intake is a good idea, stabil in the gas tank and a battery tender and a thick coat of wax ought to take care of the rest. Probably surround it with a few dozen mouse traps too just in case.
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Old 08-13-2007, 09:00 AM   #6
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One of those "California Duster" thingies (tech. term) works pretty-good on light dust. They make 'em in a relatively small size. One of the guys I work with has one, he uses it constantly on his cruiser. Fits nicely in a saddlebag, not stupid-expensive. I think he got it at Mal~Wart..........
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I have to agree, other than washing the bike every once in awhile I don't see what you could do about coating of dust. Any loose dust will blow off once you get up to highway speeds and soap and water should take care of the rest. As Sister Sachi said up here it's usually road spray and water we worry about keeping out, not dust. I rarely even wash my bikes in the summer.


I'd be more concerned with making sure the intake system was tight like putting a little sealer around the two rubber breather tubes that go into the back of the airfilter element and regular cleaning or replacment of the a/f. and making sure the wheel bearings don't get to caked with crud.

As far as barn storage, the tin foil over the pipes and intake is a good idea, stabil in the gas tank and a battery tender and a thick coat of wax ought to take care of the rest. Probably surround it with a few dozen mouse traps too just in case.
... who cares? When I buy a bike I intend to ride the pi$$ out of it and while I don't seek to hurt the finish I know that in a year or so there's going to be so many chips and dings that a few scratches aren't even on the radar.
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Old 08-13-2007, 09:30 AM   #8
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... who cares? When I buy a bike I intend to ride the pi$$ out of it and while I don't seek to hurt the finish I know that in a year or so there's going to be so many chips and dings that a few scratches aren't even on the radar.
I agree. If there is dust on it, go for a ride that is fast enough and long enough to blow the dust off it. Takes some of the cobwebs out of the brain too. I just ride mine alot and clean them sparingly.
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Old 08-13-2007, 10:20 AM   #9
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Yup, my Concours is no spring chicken anymore so I only clean it when it gets bad after a couple of storms.

That and it is a Concours afterall, does cleaning it make it look any better?
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