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Thread: I am doing a motorcycle detail clinic this weekend!

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    I am doing a motorcycle detail clinic this weekend!

    Spring has sprung around here and people are starting to contact me to bring the shine! I am always trying to come up with ideas. Here's the latest:

    A friend at work hired me to come to his house and detail his 2008 Vulcan (lots of bling) and a newer Suzuki (not sure of model.) So I asked him, do you have any friends who would like to bring their bikes and I will put on a clinic? So far, 2 more bikes are coming and hopefully more! I am going to charge $75 per bike and the owner will do most of the work. I will provide tools, product, instruction, and supervision. I would have charged my friend $150 for his 2 bikes (friend price) but now I am going to gross at least $300, with less work!

    Anybody have any super special motorcycle product recommendation, tricks or tips?

    Getting all packed up:


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    Re: I am doing a motorcycle detail clinic this weekend!

    Having owned numerous bikes over 35 years I still use S100 as my go to "total" cycle cleaner. It is great on the entire bike. Just use lots of water to rinse thoroughly. If you have a bike with raw aluminum or a Harley where the clear has come off the wheels and/or front forks, watch out for strong cleaners or you will dull, etch, screw up the aluminum. Watch the cheap plasticized chrome on metric cruisers, be gentle. On Harleys, I have totally transformed Chrome with CLR and some 0000 steel wool. Try to avoid the obvious, like silicone products on tires or seats. Also, keep high pressure water from chains or wheel hubs.
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    Re: I am doing a motorcycle detail clinic this weekend!

    Cool idea!!!

    I think I'd go buy a pack of Kirklands or two though, I'd probably end up slapping someone if they were using the Super Plushes on some grimy areas.
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    Re: I am doing a motorcycle detail clinic this weekend!

    Awesome, thank you. I am going to go waterless for this situation. Temps are going to be about 65 degrees. So far, all the bikes are reportedly more "dusty" than dirty.

    I have a buddy who wrecked his Harley wheels with an acidic cleaner. He has asked me if I can do anything to restore them. I have not seen them yet. Any recommendations?

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    Re: I am doing a motorcycle detail clinic this weekend!

    Quote Originally Posted by KirkH View Post
    Spring has sprung around here and people are starting to contact me to bring the shine! I am always trying to come up with ideas. Here's the latest:

    A friend at work hired me to come to his house and detail his 2008 Vulcan (lots of bling) and a newer Suzuki (not sure of model.) So I asked him, do you have any friends who would like to bring their bikes and I will put on a clinic? So far, 2 more bikes are coming and hopefully more! I am going to charge $75 per bike and the owner will do most of the work. I will provide tools, product, instruction, and supervision. I would have charged my friend $150 for his 2 bikes (friend price) but now I am going to gross at least $300, with less work!

    Anybody have any super special motorcycle product recommendation, tricks or tips?

    Getting all packed up:

    make sure you dilute everything.just kidding that's great easy money.
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    Re: I am doing a motorcycle detail clinic this weekend!

    Speedmaster Daytona brushes for cleaning in hard to reach places.

    If I still has a MC, I would use rinseless washes more often than hose. Good call for your dusty bikes
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    Re: I am doing a motorcycle detail clinic this weekend!

    I'd suggest using a motorcycle jack to facilitate cleaning/polishing of the wheels and tires. Getting the wheels off the ground so you can rotate them makes the job easier, faster, and better.
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    Re: I am doing a motorcycle detail clinic this weekend!

    Just finished. Had 3 guys and 4 bikes. I broke the lens on my camera phone so the guys are going to send me their pics. I will post some pics soon.
    Had one bike with tons of swirls-mtallic blue. The owner didnt notice the swirls until I pointed them out. When I disappeared them, he was very impressed hahahaha!


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    Bummer on the phone. Looking forward to the pics

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    Re: I am doing a motorcycle detail clinic this weekend!

    Excellent. Let me know when the micro shipment arrives. Nor cal from C5. Look forward to the pics

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