Sun Jun 06, 2021 4:39 am

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Sun Jun 06, 2021 4:39 am linkquote
Six weeks into owning my BV350 which arrived in showroom immaculate condition but now looks like its been on the Paris Dakar, its time to give it a bit of a scrub I think. The windshield which I look over is practically a solid mass of bugs now as is the front fairing plastics.

My plan was just to hose it down, let it all soak in and maybe lay some wet paper towels over the screen for ten minutes (works on my helmet) before wiping off then just get to work with some warm soapy water but I have a feeling it wont be that easy. These bugs look pretty well cemented on to me. This is what I normally do with the little Vision when i get round to actually cleaning it but the BV looks likely to be a tougher job.

Any tips before I go into battle?
Sun Jun 06, 2021 4:57 am

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Sun Jun 06, 2021 4:57 am linkquote
Soaking with hot wet towels works for me. I also use Plexus on my visors and windscreen.
Sun Jun 06, 2021 5:10 am

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Sun Jun 06, 2021 5:10 am linkquote
Do not scrape off the bugs, do not use fingernails, scrapers, spatulas or other abrasive tools.
There are products designed to remove insects from plastic, do not use products to remove insects from glass because they contain ammonia or anything else not suitable for plastic.
Prepare a bucket with the product inside and after using the sponge rinse it and squeeze it with clean water, if there are grains of sand on the scooter fairing they will go away.
Use shampoo (without wax) for motorcycle fairings, there are many brands on sale, give the shampoo with a soft natural sponge (not synthetic) but without pressing it on the surface, place it lightly and remove the dirt.
Rinse the bodywork with a low-pressure jet of water, I recommend covering the electrical controls and the outlet of the exhaust pipe with plastic bags; NEVER wash when the scooter is hot, moisture enters the dilated plastics and hot brake discs can deform and brake pads harden.
Sun Jun 06, 2021 7:10 am

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Sun Jun 06, 2021 7:10 am linkquote
I've found that generally, what doesn't come off with Dawn will usually come off with Plexus.
Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:15 am

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Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:15 am linkquote
Thanks for the helpful tips. I did read somewhere earlier today that a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar was good for cleaning off windshields. Anyone tried it?
Sun Jun 06, 2021 5:15 pm

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Sun Jun 06, 2021 5:15 pm linkquote
For the windshield, headlight cover, anything plastic (including the tail light), use Plexus or other purpose-built plastic cleaner. Water and vinegar will soften the bugs, but almost certainly will result in scratches. Of course, NEVER use paper towels on plastic, use microfiber or old t-shirts. Plexus also seems to leave a coating that makes it easier to clean the next time.

Some of the spray-bottle detailers work well for removing bugs, and most leave a thin layer of wax. Water and car-wash detergent work well, and will not harm the paint, but take longer.

I've been using one of the new ceramic 'waxes' on my vehicles, and I'm very happy with the results. Most allow you to build up layers. Makes it much easier to remove bugs and road debris without harming the paint.

Mostly the trick seems to be keeping up with the crud, rather than letting it accumulate, dry, and bake on. I keep a can of Plexus, some microfibers, and a spray bottel of detailer/ceramic coating on the shelf in the garage, and any time I notice a significant accumulation, I take a few minutes and clean it up. Certainly a clean headlight and a bright shiny scooter are easier for motorists to see.
Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:42 am

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Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:42 am linkquote
JKJ-FZ6 wrote:
Soaking with hot wet towels works for me. I also use Plexus on my visors and windscreen.
I tried this method as it sounded the easiest and cheapest

Seemed to work perfectly. I just took a bowl of warm soapy water out and a load of old but washed fine T shirts and towels as well as a micro fibre cloth. Soaked the entire front of the bike in the T Shirts, left them for half an hour or so, came back out and wiped it all off and dried with the micro fibre cloth and the other bits with the towel. Came off pretty easy. A bit too easy really so I wonder if this bike has maybe been treated with something. When I had my leak and started to look at the engine you could have eaten your dinner off it so maybe the previous owner was a bit anal about keeping it tidy. I'm ashamed to admit thats not generally my first priority.

Just waiting for all the nooks and crannies to dry and ill stick the cover on it.
Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:52 am

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Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:52 am linkquote
My solution is to sell it after 5-6 years, saves time and money.
Mon Jun 07, 2021 9:17 am

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Mon Jun 07, 2021 9:17 am linkquote
rgk wrote:
My solution is to sell it after 5-6 years, saves time and money.
Well I am definitely hooked so I mentioned to my wife that at some point ill be wanting to upgrade, probably to an AK550 and the look she gave me you would think I had announced I was running off with the 19 year old over the road. Might have to wait a bit I guess. I quite like the Bev though as it just looks like an ordinary scooter. Most people think its a 125 I think until you give it the beans off the lights. The AK actually looks like it should be fast, wont be as much fun.
Mon Jun 07, 2021 10:55 am

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Mon Jun 07, 2021 10:55 am linkquote
Bazza Bingo wrote:
Well I am definitely hooked so I mentioned to my wife that at some point ill be wanting to upgrade, probably to an AK550 and the look she gave me you would think I had announced I was running off with the 19 year old over the road. Might have to wait a bit I guess. I quite like the Bev though as it just looks like an ordinary scooter. Most people think its a 125 I think until you give it the beans off the lights. The AK actually looks like it should be fast, wont be as much fun.
You did that backwards. First, threaten to run off with the 19-year-old, THEN settle on the AK550. Everyone will be happy (especially the 19-year-old).
Mon Jun 07, 2021 11:35 am

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Mon Jun 07, 2021 11:35 am linkquote
Bugs and Grime,

I know it is tough to do ever time you are done riding - I use Windex (Brand Name)
with Vinegar. This Vinegar Windex does not cloud the plexiglass windscreen. The
bugs come off much easier the same day you hit them.

I understand that many of you ride daily and can't wash the machine daily. I surely
do not wash my car daily. I keep the Vinegar Windex under the seat with a half roll
of paper towels. I am like the dad in the 2002 file "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" who
is always windexing everthing.

You all have your favorite soap and polish.

My other secret, I use the electric hand leaf blower to dry the scoot off, Then I can
spray on polish and soft towel it off.

Bob Copeland
Heat Wave Currently in Frost Bite Falls
Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:26 pm

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Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:26 pm linkquote
Bob Copeland wrote:
Bugs and Grime,

I know it is tough to do ever time you are done riding - I use Windex (Brand Name)
with Vinegar. This Vinegar Windex does not cloud the plexiglass windscreen. The
bugs come off much easier the same day you hit them.

I understand that many of you ride daily and can't wash the machine daily. I surely
do not wash my car daily. I keep the Vinegar Windex under the seat with a half roll
of paper towels. I am like the dad in the 2002 file "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" who
is always windexing everthing.

You all have your favorite soap and polish.

My other secret, I use the electric hand leaf blower to dry the scoot off, Then I can
spray on polish and soft towel it off.

Bob Copeland
Heat Wave Currently in Frost Bite Falls
Bob, what brand of polish do you like? Thanks.
Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:38 pm

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Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:38 pm linkquote
Bazza Bingo wrote:
Well I am definitely hooked so I mentioned to my wife that at some point ill be wanting to upgrade, probably to an AK550 and the look she gave me you would think I had announced I was running off with the 19 year old over the road. Might have to wait a bit I guess. I quite like the Bev though as it just looks like an ordinary scooter. Most people think its a 125 I think until you give it the beans off the lights. The AK actually looks like it should be fast, wont be as much fun.
IMO, the secret to upgrading is to always upgrade to the same color. If SWMBO is not into bikes, as most are not, she will not see the change and you will be home free.
Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:52 pm

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Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:52 pm linkquote
Athena,

After I soaped up, rinsed, and used my Leaf Blower to air dry,
I use WIZARDS Mist-N-Shine Professional Detailer High Gloss 22oz
in a pump spray bottle $15.41. Lasts forever.

I spray it in on everything but the windshield. I mean everything, seat,
tires, wheels, finish, dash - everything. I use a soft old cotton beach towel
to rub it off and buff it in. I work a small portion of the scoot at a time.
It is like shinning shoes.

You scoot will look better than the day you bought it. I don't have a new
photo - but hear WIZARD on my Vespa.

Bob Copeland


Use it on every surface. If you hit the handle bars - rub it hard
so they are not slippery

Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:54 pm

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Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:54 pm linkquote
Athena,

The Dragon Red Vespa is a 2013 GTS300 Super.

Bob Copeland
Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:11 pm

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Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:11 pm linkquote
Bob Copeland wrote:
Athena,

After I soaped up, rinsed, and used my Leaf Blower to air dry,
I use WIZARDS Mist-N-Shine Professional Detailer High Gloss 22oz
in a pump spray bottle $15.41. Lasts forever.

I spray it in on everything but the windshield. I mean everything, seat,
tires, wheels, finish, dash - everything. I use a soft old cotton beach towel
to rub it off and buff it in. I work a small portion of the scoot at a time.
It is like shinning shoes.

You scoot will look better than the day you bought it. I don't have a new
photo - but hear WIZARD on my Vespa.

Bob Copeland
Thanks so much, Bob. I appreciate the detail. I am heading over to Amazon right now!
Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:17 pm

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Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:17 pm linkquote
Bob Copeland wrote:
Athena,

The Dragon Red Vespa is a 2013 GTS300 Super.

Bob Copeland
She’s beautiful
Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:20 pm

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Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:20 pm linkquote
rgk wrote:
IMO, the secret to upgrading is to always upgrade to the same color. If SWMBO is not into bikes, as most are not, she will not see the change and you will be home free.
This is the same method I would use when bring in a new plant (after I was told I had too many). I would put a fake one out. If he noticed it I would tell him it was a fake. And then when he wasn’t looking I’d bring in a new plant and put it in its place 😁
Mon Jun 07, 2021 3:30 pm

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Mon Jun 07, 2021 3:30 pm linkquote
Works Wonderful...CYCLE gear is your Friend



https://www.cyclegear.com/accessories/pig-spit-detailing-spray?sku_id=1563428
Tue Jun 08, 2021 12:01 am

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Tue Jun 08, 2021 12:01 am linkquote
Bob Copeland wrote:
Athena,

After I soaped up, rinsed, and used my Leaf Blower to air dry,
I use WIZARDS Mist-N-Shine Professional Detailer High Gloss 22oz
in a pump spray bottle $15.41. Lasts forever.

I spray it in on everything but the windshield. I mean everything, seat,
tires, wheels, finish, dash - everything. I use a soft old cotton beach towel
to rub it off and buff it in. I work a small portion of the scoot at a time.
It is like shinning shoes.

You scoot will look better than the day you bought it. I don't have a new
photo - but hear WIZARD on my Vespa.

Bob Copeland
That is a stunning looking bike Bob.

Thanks again everyone for all the tips although ill have to rethink the 19 year old threat. Nobody will take me seriously for sure.
Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:07 am

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Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:07 am linkquote
Witch wrote:
I've found that generally, what doesn't come off with Dawn will usually come off with Plexus.
Hope you don't use Dawn on painted parts, that's an absolute no-no. Dishwashing liquid will erode and damage the paint, and remove protective coatings. Precisely the reason they make specific soap for cars & such.
Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:26 am

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Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:26 am linkquote
Just to appall everyone I'll share my dirty secret. When the scooter gets too horribly dirty I 'wash' it with the windshield cleaner at the gas station. It's just getting tricky finding gas stations that still provide it!
Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:42 am

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Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:42 am linkquote
KimPossible wrote:
Just to appall everyone I'll share my dirty secret. When the scooter gets too horribly dirty I 'wash' it with the windshield cleaner at the gas station. It's just getting tricky finding gas stations that still provide it!
Good idea! I Guess thats what they are there for or should I say were there for. Here in the UK we still have a few of them at Petrol stations. After cleaning my Scoot the other day we took it out just now for about a 40 mile trip round the hills and Dales of North Yorkshire and I noticed there were no bugs at all up in the Dales. Great thinks I until I get within about five miles of home and a bit lower down with all the rape seed crops and other stuff and then there is just a wall of them.
Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:28 am

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Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:28 am linkquote
booger wrote:
Hope you don't use Dawn on painted parts, that's an absolute no-no. Dishwashing liquid will erode and damage the paint, and remove protective coatings. Precisely the reason they make specific soap for cars & such.
Guess I just got lucky never having a problem with it on 7 bikes.
Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:35 pm

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Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:35 pm linkquote
Witch wrote:
Guess I just got lucky never having a problem with it on 7 bikes.
OK, but it is not recommended.
Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:41 pm

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Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:41 pm linkquote
Probably by spraying the windshield with insecticide, the bugs will die before they stick to it ... Probably.
Wed Jun 09, 2021 1:35 pm

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Wed Jun 09, 2021 1:35 pm linkquote
I have found the best cleaning solution for both body and engine is S100.
I buy the gallon size and then put it in a spray bottle and use that.
It works solid and is safe for the environment too. On a cold engine and body I spray it on leave it for 2-5 mins and then hose it down. That takes care of all the grime etc. Granted it is a bit more expensive that other solutions etc but it does the job beautifully. If I did not use S100 I would be using Costco(Kirkland brand dishwashing liquid (hand wash) diluted with water and sprayed on after hosing the Vespa down, then Id use some elbow grease and then hose it down again.
After I am done with washing depending on if I am not lazy I will use some Harley wax and give it a shine.
S100 works well.
Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:21 pm

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Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:21 pm linkquote
I’ve gotten great suggestions from this thread. Thanks everyone, especially Bob Copeland and Baba12. Both items you mentioned are on the way from Amazon.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:26 am

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Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:26 am linkquote
Athena61 wrote:
I’ve gotten great suggestions from this thread. Thanks everyone, especially Bob Copeland and Baba12. Both items you mentioned are on the way from Amazon.
Cool, I would use one or the other and see how it works for you. Using S100 is pretty simple spray it on leave it for a few minutes and then hose it down. I clean the engine bay as well, spraying it all over the place, if you have a air compressor then after you are hosing the engine down you can use compressed air to blow out the water and dry it faster, if not let it air dry.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:36 am

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Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:36 am linkquote
baba12 wrote:
Cool, I would use one or the other and see how it works for you. Using S100 is pretty simple spray it on leave it for a few minutes and then hose it down. I clean the engine bay as well, spraying it all over the place, if you have a air compressor then after you are hosing the engine down you can use compressed air to blow out the water and dry it faster, if not let it air dry.
Thanks, Baba12. I’m excited to try the cleaner which is set to arrive this Saturday 😁. I don’t have access to an air compressor. We live in a condo with very limited garage space. We do have a dedicated stall for car washing, for which I am very grateful.
Tue Jun 15, 2021 1:43 pm

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Tue Jun 15, 2021 1:43 pm linkquote
FYI, I tried both products (S100, WIZARD) and was very pleased with the results. I also sprayed it under the pet carrier and it all looks brand new again. Since I didn’t have access to a leaf blower I had to wait for it to air dry after using S100. There was some spotting on the chrome but I bet there wouldn’t have been if I’d used a leaf blower for a quick dry. That led me to try the Wizard, and OMG, just so so beautiful. Anyway, if anyone is looking for something new to try I highly recommend both products.



Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:20 pm

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Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:20 pm linkquote
Looks very good. If you don't have a leaf blower/air compressor, when you are done you can take one of those micro fiber cloths and wipe down the vehicle. The engine will air dry and be fine.Very little elbow grease is needed for sure.
Wed Jun 16, 2021 3:29 am

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Wed Jun 16, 2021 3:29 am linkquote
baba12 wrote:
Looks very good. If you don't have a leaf blower/air compressor, when you are done you can take one of those micro fiber cloths and wipe down the vehicle. The engine will air dry and be fine.Very little elbow grease is needed for sure.
Thanks, baba12. I’m going to wash my 150 today and I’ll use the micro cloth to dry her off. Loved how fast everything worked.
Wed Jun 16, 2021 8:25 am

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Wed Jun 16, 2021 8:25 am linkquote
Bazza Bingo wrote:
That is a stunning looking bike Bob.

Thanks again everyone for all the tips.
Sure is a traffic stopper. My red dragon gts250 does not hold a candle to it.
:
Wed Jun 16, 2021 8:47 am

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Wed Jun 16, 2021 8:47 am linkquote
For my windscreens I have used Plexus in the past. It's really good, but expensive.

I am currently using 210 Plastic Cleaner and Polish.

And microfiber cloths only!

For the rest of the scooter (and many, many other things) I use Pledge Lemon Enhancing Polish (not the multi-surface variety). Just don't use it on the seat.
Wed Jun 16, 2021 9:56 am

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Wed Jun 16, 2021 9:56 am linkquote
KimPossible wrote:
Just to appall everyone I'll share my dirty secret. When the scooter gets too horribly dirty I 'wash' it with the windshield cleaner at the gas station. It's just getting tricky finding gas stations that still provide it!
I have done the same, but generally speaking you want to avoid using window cleaner on plexiglass windscreens as the usual "Windex" formulation contains ammonia. Bad for plexiglass. In fairness, there are ammonia free window cleaners. Like others, I use Plexis on windscreens.
Wed Jun 16, 2021 10:14 am

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Wed Jun 16, 2021 10:14 am linkquote
As long as it’s ammonia free is it ok to use on windshields? I have this product but want to make sure it’s ok. Thanks

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Sprayway-19-oz-Glass-Cleaner-SW050R/202742037



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Wed Jun 16, 2021 6:54 pm linkquote
Athena61 wrote:
As long as it’s ammonia free is it ok to use on windshields? I have this product but want to make sure it’s ok. Thanks

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Sprayway-19-oz-Glass-Cleaner-SW050R/202742037
Just to be safe, I would use a product specifically made for plastics. There are plenty available.

Here's one at Home Depot: https://tinyurl.com/yjrtr9cy
Wed Jun 16, 2021 7:45 pm

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Wed Jun 16, 2021 7:45 pm linkquote
mpfrank wrote:
Just to be safe, I would use a product specifically made for plastics. There are plenty available.

Here's one at Home Depot: https://tinyurl.com/yjrtr9cy
Thanks, MpFrank. Easy enough to get. Appreciate it.
Wed Jun 16, 2021 7:51 pm

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Wed Jun 16, 2021 7:51 pm linkquote
Athena61 wrote:
Thanks, MpFrank. Easy enough to get. Appreciate it.
Alcohol wipes used for cleaning reading lenses are equally effective.
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