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    This touring tip will appear later in the year but it is so good the forum members and visitors should have it now.

    Take a small spray bottle and fill it with hydrogen Peroxide (undiluted). At the end of the day's ride spray on bugs who have given their all. It will foam-up, like on a cut, and within a minute the bugs will wipe off with little or no effort. I have used it on painted surfaces, windshields, glass and face shields and it has not caused any apparent damage. You might want to try a small spot to make sure there are no reactions. Enjoy the clear view and lack of bugs.

    Wayne Wright #42780
    NB: Many tips comes in with "Pledges" of good things to apply to bike finishes. As Wayne points out always try the new treatment on a small spot to make sure no damage will occur to paint or plastic.

    Anyone have a suggestion of where to obtain a small spray bottle? Dollar store maybe?

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    you mean poeple actually clean thier bikes?? How bizzare!

    I only clean the windscreen on my R100/7 once a season, generally at the end of the year. Before I clean it, I count the number of bugs and devide that by the number of days I rode it, then multiply the result by 12 and that gives me the number of miles I've ridden her...(the odometer hasn't worked since 2000, so its the only way I have to when to change the plugs and tune it, etc).... Ha Ha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAULBACH View Post
    Anyone have a suggestion of where to obtain a small spray bottle? Dollar store maybe?
    I'd look in the "travel sizes" section of the local drug chain..... assuming I didn't already have a bottle in the house I could empty out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAULBACH View Post

    Anyone have a suggestion of where to obtain a small spray bottle? Dollar store maybe?
    Try the travel size section of any drug or beauty store. They usually have them.

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    I've found that these small spray bottles tend to leak and drool particularly when I ride through big altitude changes. So I try to pack them in an upright position and put them in their own little plastic bag. I haven't tried packing them with a soft wiping rag, but the leaking might be useful then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailorlite View Post
    I've found that these small spray bottles tend to leak and drool particularly when I ride through big altitude changes. So I try to pack them in an upright position and put them in their own little plastic bag. I haven't tried packing them with a soft wiping rag, but the leaking might be useful then.
    Now there is a rider who knows how to make lemonade out of lemons.

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    I just pack a small spray can of Plexus.....no problems.

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    Plexus is great stuff - use it all the time. But want to try out this H2O2 stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAULBACH View Post
    Plexus is great stuff - use it all the time. But want to try out this H2O2 stuff.
    The H2O2 should be *WAY* less expensive too.
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    Hydrogen peroxide is a strong oxidizer that can take the color out of your hair ("bottle blonde"?). Uh . . . maybe OK, but I don't think I'm going to spray it on my paint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeemerMike View Post
    Hydrogen peroxide is a strong oxidizer that can take the color out of your hair ("bottle blonde"?). Uh . . . maybe OK, but I don't think I'm going to spray it on my paint.
    3% H2O2 is commonly used as an oral disinfectant rinse. If you can put it in your mouth, it ain't gonna eat your paint.

    However ...

    85% H2O2 + Kerosene = V2 rocket fuel!
    I can't believe how incredulous I am.

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    Works really well on helmets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAGoldsby View Post
    3% H2O2 is commonly used as an oral disinfectant rinse. If you can put it in your mouth, it ain't gonna eat your paint.
    However ...
    85% H2O2 + Kerosene = V2 rocket fuel!
    True enough...your paint will be fine and so will plastics. It's the metal - aluminum, steel and copper - that will get hit. Lots of wires and connectors near the fairing of a bike. Too many cheap alternatives on a per use basis to mess around with peroxide. The stuff is hell on skin and destroys good tissue in healing wounds and under scabs.

    I know, it sounded too good to be true.

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    Water is all I use anymore. I found nothing works any better, though some of the cleaners leave a nice shiny gloss that doesn't help seeing through the screen or shield. Best is a wet rag left to soak the bugs a minute or so. Soft GPS screens may require lens cleaner.

    Note that anything other than water on mirrored face shields is risky if you want to keep the coating intact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Water is all I use anymore.
    The universal solvent.
    I can't believe how incredulous I am.

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