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    Cleaning products..... What to use?

    I do not normally get carried away with cleaning the bikes or cars.
    As a consequence, I know little about the different products.

    Short version:
    What can I use to wipe down the bike that will not damage the windscreen or the plastic or the seats?

    Thanks,
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    I like Plexus. You still need to get the heavy stuff off that may lead to scratches when wiped.
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    On our cars and bikes I use Wash Wax All for a quick detailer.
    If there's some bugs it will dissolve them if you let it sit a minute before wiping off.
    Of all the quick detailers I have used this is the easiest and fastest to use.

    https://www.amazon.com/Waterless-Oun...92713236&psc=1

    It's also the cheapest quick detailer I have used.
    23 cents a ounce.
    https://www.amazon.com/Aero-Cosmetic...e%2C289&sr=1-4
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    This is the original "Honda Polish" https://www.denniskirk.com/original-...hoCQ0gQAvD_BwE


    It works, does a good job of dissolving bugs, and reduces static hence reduces dust. Cleans and polishes without water, I use a 2 towel method, spray-on rub in with 1st microfiber towels, lightly buff with the 2nd. It will make your seat a little slick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigjohnsd View Post
    This is the original "Honda Polish" https://www.denniskirk.com/original-...hoCQ0gQAvD_BwE


    It works, does a good job of dissolving bugs, and reduces static hence reduces dust. Cleans and polishes without water, I use a 2 towel method, spray-on rub in with 1st microfiber towels, lightly buff with the 2nd. It will make your seat a little slick.
    I bought a couple cans of that because it was cheap and a lot of people seemed to like it.
    I didn't like it because you had to spend too much time buffing it out.
    Didn't seem much better than Pledge.

    Before I found Wash Wax All I used Eagle One Wipe & Shine Detailer and before that Mequiar's Quick Detailer.
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    I use Motul Insect remover 103256 for removing bugs from the windshield and my helmet shield. For quick touch ups between washes and light dusting I use Meguiar's M34 Final Inspection. Get some nice microfiber cloths and only use them for your bikes paintwork and plastics.

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    I buy a pretty environment friendly product called Simple Green Max that's easily found at Canadian Tire etc. I find it good for getting even heavy wheel grime off. Non toxic.
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    Screen Shot 2021-07-30 at 8.57.22 AM.pngI've had some good experience with S100 and with Plexus:

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    I also use the S 100 products. Their wheel cleaner works good also.
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    I use S100 or Simple Green's Aircraft Cleaner for thorough cleaning but the OP asked

    What can I use to wipe down the bike that will not damage the windscreen or the plastic or the seats?
    and for that the

    works great for me.
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    I use Meguiars quik detailer for bugs and light dust. Works very well.

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    Same as ExMan does here too.

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