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Spray washer

Postby windmill john » Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:55 pm

Now don’t criticise me for my washing techniques, but generally, I’ve not washed my bikes as regularly as some people do.
I ride all year round and I might not wash them from November to April.
When I do wash, it’s with a bucket and the swinging arm, for example, still stayed half dirty. I don’t want to be a slave to cleaning, but still don’t want my bikes deteriorating. Another reason for spraying ACF50 everywhere.

Anyway, I’ve never had a spray washer for three reasons. Never had the money as spending it on other things! Stories of wheel bearing damage. Couldn’t be bothered getting an extension cable to the front of the house, plus buying a longer hose.

Anyway, watched a few videos and after checking eBay a few times, I got the only second hand one on eBay of the one I was interested in \:D/

Karcher OC3

Runs on a rechargeable, includes the fluid, no cables, no hose. Used it today and very impressed. More powerful than I was expecting. Paint brush in one hand Karcher in the other, worked a treat.
Small, neat, may not last long, but hey, it’s for a motorcycle not a truck.
http://www.kittos.co.uk
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Re: Spray washer

Postby DEEP DIVER » Sat Nov 28, 2020 8:55 pm

Looks a good buy that. Compact and handy.

https://www.halfords.com/motoring/car-c ... %20Washers
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Re: Spray washer

Postby windmill john » Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:06 pm

You can see cyclist really liking it if they transport their bikes by car.

Don’t think it’s quite strong enough to get mud from a car wheel arch, but for motorcycles, brilliant.

I don’t know long it lasts, I’ve heard only five minutes or so. But I used it for a reasonable length of time on Gupta.

My verdict, especially at £75 including carriage is impressed.
http://www.kittos.co.uk
Best roads: 623 Burgos to Santander. A back road to Metz; can't remember which!
Tweety Pie, my F650GS
Ari, my 500 Classic
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Re: Spray washer

Postby Mjolinor » Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:38 pm


My verdict, especially at £75 including carriage is impressed.
:eek: Glad I was seated when I read that. Should have a warning label on!

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Re: Spray washer

Postby george baker » Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:07 am

Hi
I've got 2 pressure washers, the cheap one was a fiver from a charity shop. It's good for the car but a bit fierce for the bikes.

The expensive one cleans paths by removing the top layer of cement

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Re: Spray washer

Postby windmill john » Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:04 am


My verdict, especially at £75 including carriage is impressed.
:eek: Glad I was seated when I read that. Should have a warning label on!

Yes, it was a bit extravagant. I could have gone cheaper by just buying a very long hose to the garden tap at the back of the house. But didn’t want another bulky thing in the shed and hoses get tangled. A hose on a reel can be up to £40-£60, so £75 for something very neat, very small, no leads, fully mobile wasn’t too bad.

I felt bad having a newish bike and never cleaning it properly underneath or around the swinging arm area etc. Maybe I’m becoming anal; I know, what do I mean becoming!
http://www.kittos.co.uk
Best roads: 623 Burgos to Santander. A back road to Metz; can't remember which!
Tweety Pie, my F650GS
Ari, my 500 Classic
Gupta, my 350 Bullet.
Sold my Airheads, what an idiot.
Too many bikes have come and gone, trying to be sensible now!

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Re: Spray washer

Postby Brian » Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:17 am

Hi
I've got 2 pressure washers, the cheap one was a fiver from a charity shop. It's good for the car but a bit fierce for the bikes.

The expensive one cleans paths by removing the top layer of cement

G
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Re: Spray washer

Postby King Herald » Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:27 am

I’m not renowned for my immaculate clean bike, but a fairly good hand wash every so often is one way to check stuff is not falling apart, breaking, wearing out etc. I’ve noticed more than a few problems over the years with various bikes, by getting my hands in there with a sponge or soapy rag.

A small pressure washer would be a great way to get the ingrained muck out of little corners and hard to reach places.
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Re: Spray washer

Postby vmx1200 » Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:39 pm

My verdict, especially at £75 including carriage is impressed.
Just clicked on the link £110 :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Postby windmill john » Sun Nov 29, 2020 1:55 pm

I’m not renowned for my immaculate clean bike, but a fairly good hand wash every so often is one way to check stuff is not falling apart, breaking, wearing out etc. I’ve noticed more than a few problems over the years with various bikes, by getting my hands in there with a sponge or soapy rag.

A small pressure washer would be a great way to get the ingrained muck out of little corners and hard to reach places.

Exactly a description of me and my methods.

And as above, when I got a ZZR years ago, had I not hand washed it, I would not have noticed the two bolt exhaust bracket that was missing one of the two bolts and the other bolt had already lost its nut and was just hanging in there.

vmx1200, you’ll be happy :grin:

Oh there’s a downside. Leaning close, spraying a flat area flat on and getting your face sprayed! Didn’t help my glasses :grin:
http://www.kittos.co.uk
Best roads: 623 Burgos to Santander. A back road to Metz; can't remember which!
Tweety Pie, my F650GS
Ari, my 500 Classic
Gupta, my 350 Bullet.
Sold my Airheads, what an idiot.
Too many bikes have come and gone, trying to be sensible now!

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Re: Spray washer

Postby Mike D » Sun Nov 29, 2020 4:16 pm

Careful, or the next step you will be investing in:

https://www.bikedryers.co.uk/browse/Bike-dryers

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Re: Spray washer

Postby vmx1200 » Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:04 pm

Careful, or the next step you will be investing in:
How much?? I just use an air blow gun and my compressor O:)
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Postby Mjolinor » Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:34 pm

Careful, or the next step you will be investing in:
How much?? I just use an air blow gun and my compressor O:)
Towel works but gives you earache from SWMBO.

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Postby windmill john » Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:53 pm

Careful, or the next step you will be investing in:
How much?? I just use an air blow gun and my compressor O:)
Towel works but gives you earache from SWMBO.

You’re meant to let her get out of it first!
http://www.kittos.co.uk
Best roads: 623 Burgos to Santander. A back road to Metz; can't remember which!
Tweety Pie, my F650GS
Ari, my 500 Classic
Gupta, my 350 Bullet.
Sold my Airheads, what an idiot.
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Re: Spray washer

Postby Mjolinor » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:39 pm



How much?? I just use an air blow gun and my compressor O:)
Towel works but gives you earache from SWMBO.

You’re meant to let her get out of it first!
:afraid: That's enough for any man to not want the towel.

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Re: Spray washer

Postby Richard(Sande)Sanders » Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:37 pm

Careful, or the next step you will be investing in:
How much?? I just use an air blow gun and my compressor O:)
Towel works but gives you earache from SWMBO.
I don't see the problem,the boss lady has given me a few towels purely
to use on my bikes. Probably helps that she likes bikes as much as I do :smile:

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Re: Spray washer

Postby Mjolinor » Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:44 pm

Old towels are the best rags ever but the "old" is important to save your ears.

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Postby andys » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:44 am

I bought one of these.
Fits to the end of the hose pipe.
Highly recommended

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Postby windmill john » Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:48 am

To be honest Andy, I didn’t want to run a hose pipe from the tap at the back of the house to the road at the front.
And as I didn’t have a hose anyway, it seemed like a good plan.
http://www.kittos.co.uk
Best roads: 623 Burgos to Santander. A back road to Metz; can't remember which!
Tweety Pie, my F650GS
Ari, my 500 Classic
Gupta, my 350 Bullet.
Sold my Airheads, what an idiot.
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Re: Spray washer

Postby george baker » Wed Jan 06, 2021 7:30 pm

hi
it doesn't matter for this nozzle but it really pisses me off when you see a description that does not match the product when it arrives

here it says bronze and the packaging says brass

As I say it doesn't matter for this nozzle but sometimes it does, like the time i bought a gps speedo on ebay that said it provided an odometer and it was a cog version. Because of the delay shut down and subsequently trying to give the seller the opportunity to apologise and sort out the return ebay said that they would not enforce their money back guarantee.

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Postby Mjolinor » Wed Jan 06, 2021 7:59 pm

Bronze and brass are no longer used because they are both just known as copper alloys now. The deciding line was always blurred and giving them a common name removes that.

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Postby george baker » Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:57 pm

hi
i can live with that, but it seems the seller does not know that they are now "copper alloys", and nor did I, but I will try to remember

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Postby Mjolinor » Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:53 pm

hi
i can live with that, but it seems the seller does not know that they are now "copper alloys", and nor did I, but I will try to remember

George
I hope I am right. I do have a habit of engaging the fingers before the brain a lot of the time. :)

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Re: Spray washer

Postby andys » Fri Jan 08, 2021 10:32 pm

I've just been looking at that Karcher OC3 and it does look quite nifty.
They state that it's not a pressure washer as such, and is more the kind of thing for rinsing off your wellies and dog paws.
Personally I don't see the need for high pressure cleaners these days due to the advanced cleaning solutions now available.
I like the Auroglym motorcycle cleaner.
Spray it on, agitate into all the nooks and crannies with a wet paint brush and then just hose off.

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Re: Spray washer

Postby King Herald » Sat Jan 09, 2021 11:50 am


Spray it on, agitate into all the nooks and crannies with a wet paint brush and then just hose off.


That’s the problem, there are literally hundreds of nooks and crannies on a motorcycle, and the pressure washer is great for getting in right where your fingers don’t.

I think the Autoglym cleaner would work well, if assisted by a pressure washer every now and again. The couple of times I’ve used my new pressure washer I have sprayed soapy water over the bike, after it’s been wetted, then pressure blasted deep into the hard to get to bits.

In another life I would occasionally spend hours with a toothbrush, and maybe some rag wrapped around a steel rule, to get between engine fins and other places. Not any more though, my enthuse has waned over the decades. :oops:
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