One of the worst things about motorcycling is getting dirty. I find it a chore to clean the bike after an enjoyable ride, quite often putting it off until the next day but never actually following through and letting the bike sit there dirty.
With this in mind, I am always looking for an easier way to wash the bike with better results, for less time and effort spent. This allows for more time out riding, and thus, means more time cleaning. It’s an infinite loop.
Previously I have always used a hose and sponges, but this is rather annoying as I don’t have an outside tap. It means running the hose through the house, and often gets me told off.
I was sent a tub of Vulcanet wipes to try. They are a cloth roll impregnated with a cleaning solution. It is as simple as wipe on, give it a few seconds to work away on the surface, then wipe off and buff.
Suitable for all materials and finishes on the bike, it works a treat. Heavy deposits are easily wiped away with the wet wipes and polished up to a shiny lustre before being buffed off with the supplied cloth. Brake dust on the front wheel isn’t an issue, and chain lube on the rear wheel wipes away easily.
Vulcanet recommends four wipes to do a complete bike, this I have found does depend on how dirty the bike is. If it’s just a quick touch up then one can do it easy, however, if the bike is filthy, then four is sufficient.
Also, perfect when out for a photo shoot, the bikes often get dirty travelling to the locations, the Vulcanet wipe kit comes with a travel pouch, which holds a few wipes. Perfect for when on location to give a good wipe over before getting the camera out.
At first, I was apprehensive about them. I wasn’t sure how long the tub was going to last, especially sharing the container with Ben who loves to keep the SV looking mint. Luckily the 80 wipe tub lasts plenty long, and if you do the maths, 80 wipes, at four wipes per wash, that’s 20 washes, possibly more if you are tight and use three wipes not 4.
RRP is £40 a tub, which is slightly expensive in my opinion, but weight that up against time saved and its a good possibility for future use. three