Motorcycles are a worthy companion to most people, and all of these aficionados must realise how dangerous it is to ride without proper gear. Your motorcycle and gear is exposed to the elements which means regular maintenance is required. Following are some ways to clean your helmet and other gear without leaving behind any nasty scratches:
- First up, all the removable armour – shoulder pads, elbow guards, back protector – and also knee guards if you're cleaning your riding pants, need to be pulled out. Remember to pull them out carefully without damaging the shell of the helmet or internal mesh of the jacket.
- In order to clean the helmet, you would need a microfibre towel and a cleaning fluid. Microfibre textile is essential as it does not scratch the visor or the gloss paint of the shell. Make sure the cleaning fluid is not detergent based and has mild concentration instead of harsh. Do not apply any cleaning fluids on a matte finish helmet as you might end up with a gloss finish, no point investing in one, is it!
Spray the cleaning fluid generously on the helmet shell and wipe it all off twice.
To clean the internal pads, remove them with a soft hand. Have a bucket of water ready and add a mild cleaning agent to the water. Dip the pads for a few minutes, gently massage them in water and rinse. Do not wring the pads as it may affect the lining or the structure. Allow them to dry naturally, preferably in morning or evening sunlight.
The visor is the most critical part and getting it scratched is easy. Use a clean microfibre cloth and avoid any dust around the area. Spray it with a good glass cleaner and allow it to sit for a while. This would remove the bug splatters, grime and dust.
- Moving on to the Jacket and Pants, depending on the material, clean them using a recommended cleaner. For leather, a good leather cleaning solution is good. However, before cleaning them, remove all armour and keep it aside. This would enable you to clean the gear more effectively.
- Boots are the easiest to clean due to the simple structure. Since it does not have any removable armour or pads. Use a good leather cleaner to clean the boots. Textile shoes are easier as a wet cloth with some detergent will do the trick. Toe sliders should ideally be removed if they can be for efficient cleaning.
Cleaning riding gear is as imperative as cleaning your motorcycle. Choose regular intervals in which you can clean your riding gear.