Winter, we all hate it but while most people tuck their pride and joys away break the trickle charger out, and find a winter hobby for a few months, I quite enjoy getting out and about when it’s cold and dark.
One problem is roads are normally salted. Salt is great for popcorn, but not good for motorcycles due to its extremely corrosive nature.
I am not a chemist, but salt is made up of two parts, a Sodium part and a Chloride part, it’s these Chloride parts which cling to the metal on your bike. The Chlorides allow Oxygen in water or the air to attack the metal, by forming nasty Hydrogen chloride. which itself is used to make hydrochloric acid. This cycle of Chloride attack followed by oxygen Attack, over and over again causes parts to tarnish or rust, depending on the material. This repeated cycle is what causes the damage over time, damaging your pride and joy. As well as the salt, copious amounts of mud and grime are left all over the roads quite often leaving a horrible mess after rides.
Muc-off were very kind to send me a bottle of their lovely pink Nano-tech motorcycle cleaner to help with those after ride baths (for the bike, not me).
Having heard rave reviews about it and friends recommending it left right and centre I was looking forward to giving it a go. Normally I use a generic car cleaner (whatever is on offer), a bucket and sponge so it is nice to have some a dedicated motorcycle cleaner.
What is the Nano-technology, and what does it actually do?
Muc-off claim that the nano-technology breaks down dirt and grime at a molecular level, and regardless of what kind of grime it is.
Quite a claim. Safe to use on all surfaces and finishes including stainless, anodised, painted, plastic and carbon fibre.
Muc-off recommended rinsing the bike first. I gave the bike a good rinse with the pressure washer wetting everything possible including myself.
Next up applying the muc-off. It comes in a handy spray bottle, the trigger is large and sturdy and hopefully, it lasts longer than others before the seals break down. With the product being safe on all materials I do doubt this will be a problem.
The bottle works upside down which is handy for getting under the tail section and in and around those awkward areas including wheels.
Advice is to spray on and leave to attack for 3-5 mins. With 3-5 mins being slightly vague I opted for 4 mins of letting it do its thing whilst I went and made a brew.
With brew gone, it was time to get back to work and attacking it with a soft brush to get some sud action.
The suds change from a white to a dirty brown when worked with the brush, this was very apparent on the wheels, with the cleaner eating up huge amounts of grime, brake dust and chain lube.
The GSXR was absolutely minging before I started, but that is the perks of winter riding. The front end covered in brake dust, dead bugs, and lots of generic road spray from the horrible winter conditions was quickly made good again, as was the ever painful task of removing “flung” chain lube which settles on the rear wheel.
Rinsing off afterwards was really easy as it blasts off well with the pressure wash. Normally when I have used generic washes, the suds get all over and tend to take ages to blast away, and drying off afterwards with a towel the results are impressive.
The cleaner itself looks very gentle as the layer of wax underneath looked unaffected as water still beads nicely. It left no streaks or clouding on the paintwork.
The 1-litre bottle costs £9.99 (RRP), and I could easily get another 8 or 9 washes out of what’s remaining in the bottle, even with me being trigger happy. If you are pretty frugal with the cleaner I’m sure you can get more.
Muc-off also does bigger bottles to decant into the smaller bottle, for a better value price, and plenty of bargains and offers can be found easily too, making the savings even better.
Overall, this product is wicked and I can easily see why it is held in such high regard within cycling, and motorcycling circles. Prices are very reasonable and I love the fact it can be used everywhere on the bike.