For some riders, jet washing one's motorcycle is a decidedly controversial subject. There's no denying that if you direct the nozzle to delicate parts of your bike, damage may result - particularly if the jetwash is on the most powerful setting!


Many bike owners worry that jet washing could result in water leaking into the electrics - a valid concern, but again, nothing to worry about if you direct the nozzle in the right places.


Stickers and decals may also be damaged if you point the nozzle towards them.


However, for aluminium swing arms or rear wheels, the jetwash can be a fast and highly effective way to remove caked-on muck and grime.


Anodized aluminium, bare aluminium and chrome

It's important to understand that anodized aluminium, bare aluminium and chrome each need to be cleaned in a different manner.


Your motorbike's handbook will tell you how to clean your machine effectively. Before buying any cleaning products, read the instructions carefully and ensure they tally with the handbook's recommendations.


It's entirely possible to spend several hours cleaning one's machine - especially if you want it to look like a show bike - but for most people, this is simply not realistic. Using a jet wash for certain parts of the bike can speed up the process for busy modern riders.


If in doubt, avoid using jet washing machines and opt for warm soapy water and a cloth.


Other cleaning top tips:
  • Never clean your bike when the engine is hot, since you could get burned.


  • Clean your bike in the shade. Some contaminants - like mineral deposits - are more harmful when warm and trickier to remove. Ideally, clean your bike after it has fully cooled down.