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    Is S100 available at retail or must it be ordered on line?

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    S100

    It is a Harley Davidson recommended product. I assume it is still on their shelves. I have not looked in a while, I bought a gallon of it.
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    I have used GoJo hand cleaner without grit with a toothbrush to clean a 88 RT engine with very good results.
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    There was a guy that attended many rally's and did bike cleaning/detailing. He used a product called Totally Awesome to clean and de-grease the bikes. Available for a $1. at most stores. Its the bomb!
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    Living almost in Daytona Beach I do have lots of motorcycle stuff nearby. I discovered J&P Cycles has all of this stuff so I set out this AM and picked up a $28 spray can of Plexus. I immediately tried it when I got home and sadly it did nothing. I even used a toothbrush to work it into the tight spots. My wheels aren't terrible but those stains have been there a while. Does anyone know if the wheels on a 1999 R1100RS are painted? I could spray them at next tire change. SOS pad seems like it would take off whatever finish is on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poosu View Post
    Living almost in Daytona Beach I do have lots of motorcycle stuff nearby. I discovered J&P Cycles has all of this stuff so I set out this AM and picked up a $28 spray can of Plexus. I immediately tried it when I got home and sadly it did nothing. I even used a toothbrush to work it into the tight spots. My wheels aren't terrible but those stains have been there a while. Does anyone know if the wheels on a 1999 R1100RS are painted? I could spray them at next tire change. SOS pad seems like it would take off whatever finish is on them.
    It is possible that nothing will make the wheels appear clean, even when they are. If BMW uses the same or similar paint/powder coat on the wheels that is used on the engine/transmission/swingarm then the wheels can be stained by some petroleum products including gasoline and some oils. The stain is semi-permanent but will fade in the sun given enough time.
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    The dark wheels on our R1200RS and K1300S were easy to clean after a rain using soap and water.
    The K1200RS and K75 silver wheels usually needed a wheel cleaner after a trip.
    I didn't like using wheel cleaners unless I had to and made sure I rinsed the wheels good and dried them to prevent any staining.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAS View Post
    There was a guy that attended many rally's and did bike cleaning/detailing.
    He still makes the Nationals. I'm having brain fade, is his name Marty?
    Here he's relaxing after a hard day cleaning at Des Moines.

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    After spending about $40 o various concoctions I took a que from the SOS recommendation. I tried polishing compound with not luck then upped the ante to rubbing compound. This was the best result so far but requires a lot of rubbing which I hope is not taking the finish off the wheels. Still not like new but almost. Once the wheel is finished I'll put some wax on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    He still makes the Nationals. I'm having brain fade, is his name Marty?
    Here he's relaxing after a hard day cleaning at Des Moines.

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    What's in the blue can?

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    Quote Originally Posted by poosu View Post
    After spending about $40 o various concoctions I took a que from the SOS recommendation. I tried polishing compound with not luck then upped the ante to rubbing compound. This was the best result so far but requires a lot of rubbing which I hope is not taking the finish off the wheels. Still not like new but almost. Once the wheel is finished I'll put some wax on it.

    If you're using a rubbing compound you need to follow that with a polishing compound to make it shiny again.
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    My wheels have a flat grey metallic finish, not shiny. After the rubbing compound they appear normal

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    For what itís worth, Iíve used S100 wheel cleaner for years. I usually can find it on Amazon and have it shipped right to my door. Since I already have a spray bottle that I like to use, I typically buy the refill container only. More economical that way.

    The thing I like about the S100 is that itís not abrasive so itís safe for all wheel types and it the cleaner itself is in the form of a gel so it clings to your wheel and doesnít just immediately run off the wheel like most spray in products do. The best comparison I can give you is that of a toilet bowl cleaner. Itís a thick type of gel that clings to whatever itís sprayed on. Itís a great product, the cleaning agents work well on breaking down dirt and grime. I highly recommend it. It wonít do anything for staining obviously.


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    I guess this thread has run it's course. Since several hundred riders have viewed this thread it doesn't appear that there is any cure for somewhat neglected alloy wheels. The rubbing compound doesn't get the tough spots and it really doesn't restore the accessible surfaces to like new. After a week of work my wheels look better but not what I was hoping for. I guess the answer is deep clean them more often. Thanks to all who contributed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    He still makes the Nationals. I'm having brain fade, is his name Marty?
    Here he's relaxing after a hard day cleaning at Des Moines.

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    I believe that is him! He sure gets around. Marty sounds right also. Just found this picture
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