Best Motorcycle Cleaner

Evans Brasfield
by Evans Brasfield

From spray and wipe to spray and hose off, these cleaners have you covered

Motorcycles seem to attract dirt. Even sitting still in the garage for a couple of days, they attract dust, but out on the road, bikes ride plow right into all kinds of sticky substances (mostly a wide variety of bugs). Also, they’re not immune to the dreaded water spots of the afternoon shower. So, naturally, since motorcyclists have a great affiliation to their machines, a cottage industry of motorcycle cleaning products has grown to a remarkable size. Here, we’ve listed a selection of the top cleaning products that we have personally used over the years. While there are many great motorcycle cleaners out there, you can also stumble onto some snake oil. With these cleaners, you’ll know you’re getting the good stuff.

If you’ve got a favorite cleaner, list it in the comments below.

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Pro Honda Spray Cleaner and Polish

One of the original spray on/wipe off motorcycle cleaners, Pro Honda Spray Cleaner was pretty much the industry standard. In fact, so the urban legend goes, non-Honda race teams used it for spot cleaning their bikes in the pits – with the label removed or covered, naturally.

This multi-surface cleaner attacks bug guts, road mung, and good old-fashioned dirt. Spray it on, let it sit, and wipe it away for a streak-free shine. It even smells nice.

According to the manufacturer, it contains anti-static ingredients to repel dust and dirt, protects finished surfaces from harmful UV rays, and leaves a long-lasting high gloss finish. Containing buzz-word compatible carnuba wax, putting Pro Honda Spray Cleaner and Polish before you ride, makes it easier to clean your fairing after the ride.

All that goodness for just $11

Bottom Line

  • Cool before spray cleaners became a huge market

Muc-Off Nano Tech Motorcycle Cleaner

A relatively new entrant in the spray on and hose off category of motorcycle cleaners, Muc-Off’s Nano Tech Motorcycle Cleaner has gained a quick following. (It’s the cleaning solution used in the Muc-Off Pressure Washer reviewed here.) We’ve found that a quick soak with the Nano Tech Motorcycle Cleaner followed by wiping trouble spots down with a clean, wet rag before hosing off and wiping dry, gets even the dirtiest bikes quite clean.

According to Muc-Off, “This classic Pink bike cleaner has incredible cleaning power because it contains our revolutionary Nano technology that breaks down dirt and grime on microscopic levels, while also caring for your motorbike’s delicate finish… [O]ur perfectly Pink cleaner is biodegradable, free from acids, CFC’s and solvents, and it’s alkaline based so you can clean away with a guilt-free conscience. It’s safe on All surfaces, and it’s even disc brake rotor and pad friendly.”

The liter spray bottle retails for $16, and large refills are available.

Bottom Line

  • A good choice for when you're going to wash your bike.

Protect All Polish, Wax and Treatment

We first discovered Protect All back during the height of the cruiser craze. Nothing seemed to get those big, barn door windshields bug-free like Protect All. So, it lives in our cleaning supplies to this day. Now, it’s being marketed as an all-surface cleaner. So, use it on fiberglass, paint, chrome, stainless, aluminum, Plexiglas, glass, rubber, and anything you can think of. Protect All has no abrasives, which means no swirling in your glossy surfaces. No need to worry about powdery residue as the product dries cleaning a crack or crevice. Protects All Polish, Wax and Treatment creates a glossy carnauba wax finish in a fraction of the time and effort of other multiple component wax systems.

Give it a try for $15.

Bottom Line

  • Another strong entry in the spray on/wipe off cleaner category

S100 Total Cycle Cleaner

Back in the Pleistocene era, motorcyclists were using S100 Total Cycle Cleaner, which makes it the first available spray, soak, and rinse motorcycle wash. The light green cleaner sprays on and does a good job of softening bugs and caked-on goo – though chain-lube-boogers will need additional sprays and wipes. S100 claims the cleaner “creeps into every nook and cranny of your bike to thoroughly clean it without scrubbing,” and we believe it, too. All that and non-toxic to the environment (Non-acid, pH controlled, contains corrosion inhibitors, and biodegradable.) or common motorcycle surfaces like paint, chrome, alloy, plastic, rubber, bearings, O-rings, etc.

Spray bottles cost $20, and refills are available.

Bottom Line

  • The original spray on motorcycle wash is just as good as it ever was

S100 Detail and Wax Aerosol

Not content to merely create an entire market of motorcycle cleaners, S100 applied its cleaning chops to the spray ‘n wipe class of cleaners. Lately, S100 Detail and Wax has been the cleaner of choice when packing for MO photo shoots. According to the product info, S100 Detail and Wax dust, water spots, and bug residue. We concur though it does need a good final rubdown with a dry portion of the cloth to get maximum shine.

A 10 oz. bottle of joy will set you back $15.

Bottom Line

  • Great at cutting crusty bug goo

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Evans Brasfield
Evans Brasfield

Like most of the best happenings in his life, Evans stumbled into his motojournalism career. While on his way to a planned life in academia, he applied for a job at a motorcycle magazine, thinking he’d get the opportunity to write some freelance articles. Instead, he was offered a full-time job in which he discovered he could actually get paid to ride other people’s motorcycles – and he’s never looked back. Over the 25 years he’s been in the motorcycle industry, Evans has written two books, 101 Sportbike Performance Projects and How to Modify Your Metric Cruiser, and has ridden just about every production motorcycle manufactured. Evans has a deep love of motorcycles and believes they are a force for good in the world.

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  • Guido Guido on Jul 23, 2020

    I've had issues with S-100 clouding up anodized aluminum. Used it many moons ago when it first came out, don't recall the clouding. Generally go back over carbon fiber and anodized parts with WD-40 to remove any clouding and put a nice sheen on them.

  • Patriot159 Patriot159 on Jul 24, 2020

    I have a DR650. I work hard at getting it dirty. Cleaning it is sacrilege!