ChopperDetaling Newsletter

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by Scott Sharer

Greetings. In 1 of this article we discussed elements of the Wheels and Tires offer the Detailer of any vehicle, motorcycles, an opportunity to provide yet critical Safety-Checks and procedures. As in this Part 2 of 2 of “Detailing = we will look at a number of and elements that are beyond the and tires.

Let’s get right to

Beyond Wheels and Tires

The very next elements we as we clean are what I generally as the “ Nuts—Bolts” and “Connectors”. We try to very sensitive to any missing or fasteners, no matter what are actually fastening. Common are often found in loose or missing clamps for pipes and

One Harley Trike I cleaned had one exhaust pipe bolted at the flange-mount only the two other that should have the pipe to the frame along the and to the rear were completely (this was a pipe just to fall off from a smack of pavement, possibly cracking the in the process). On another bike, a I found that the left controls (the “shift-peg” were being held in by only one small set-screw out of a of 4 screws.

On yet another memorable I found that the wiring for the and the front turn signals was only laying loose on top of the member under the gas tank owner had added some Lights himself). By simply touching this wiring cleaning the small “bundle” of low-voltage wires, that had no heat-resistant sheathing, actually down on top of the rocker box where it no would have quickly most of it’s thin outer insulation (it would quickly melted away), wire-to-engine-metal in direct contact one another, completely shorting-out the

Suffice it to say: As you clean and a bike, report any “holes” it seems there should be a or bolt, or any missing or loose nuts or clamps, and have replace or tighten them. there are bolt-holes that are no longer being used the bike has been modified, but it safe and ask.

Likewise after “modification” the assembly for some portion of the may have changed, and some may even no longer be in-use. way, any loose wires or connectors need to be re-fastened and / or modified to a different arrangement. In all Ask a qualified Service Technician or when you find these of things don’t guess.

be afraid of looking foolish in of people in the shop be proud of Safety conscious. In my case, in the day, after pointing out the screws to the foot control on the and having one of the great LCC technicians them, I asked George owner of LCC), just in chit-chat, how he was doing that day and he “Great, now that you found problem before the bike down the road”.

Lights: It only a moment for the Detailer to the key for any bike to the “on” position, at the running lights (headlight, turn signals, etc.), use the and hand brake to verify the lights, and use the turn signals to that all turn signal are working and can be seen . The last words of that sentence are the “key”. At (with exceptions) we generally find the lamps (the light-bulbs) on the are all functional, and the lights and indicators are in working order.

We often however, that the bike has modified or added-to by the owner may have added saddle-bags, an pouch or different seat and configuration) and the lighting elements may become obscured or obstructed. have to be physically and electrically and they must be seen by motorists if they are to be part of the systems for the motorcycle.

A less element of the “lights” on the motorcycle, is becoming more of a problem is the haze or general “fogginess” occurs as plastic lens-covers over time. More and manufacturers are using plastic for the headlamps where there to be either no cover or a glass

As the plastic lenses and plastic or lens-covers “age”, especially exposed to the UV rays from they begin to haze-over, restricting the amount of light can penetrate from the light or “bulb” to the outside world. In cases we have seen that have lost than 50% of their transmission dramatically hampering a clear and view of the road ahead for the

On certain bikes the hazing is by water vapor that inside the lens. Remove the cover and clean this then wipe with a wax or chemical element to prevent build-up on the inside surface of the (even Windex has a “no-fog” that can help with Re-install the lens cover and sure it is well-sealed from the

In many instances, however, the of haze and fogginess happens on the of the lens. In that case you need to use special cleaners to the clarity and transmissiveness of the cover. A we are very pleased with is from Bling Masters We already use and recommend their product (see “Products We on the web site), but they a lot more than just one product for your motorcycle.

have a full lamp and restoration kit that is an “easy simple buff and wipe of nano-particle cleaner and protection, and the kit with all of the elements, including the wheel for your drill for buffing the product to a perfect You can find them on the web at

The important thing related to the and signals on the motorcycle is this — these not only you visible to others on the road, and you to see the road and other motorists they are generally also by law. Having them in condition and operation might save you the expense of a ticket.

All motorcycles get greasy and dirty, and all of have the appearance of fluid-originating from time to time due to that spill during work or liquids that are in the environment. The key here is to determine if you are fluid stains and excess-liquid has come from the environment or if you are fluids or grease that are from inside the motorcycle.

Be sensitive to any physical connections on the or any ports or parts that an unusual amount of fluid appears reasonably “fresh” or Old oil fluid will be thick, and filled with road-dirt. leaks will seem “wet”. Try to determine, as you clean any off of the bike, what the point of might be, and then suggest any actions that might be to fix the leak.

We look for leaking oil, leaks in front brake-fluid leaks in the lines or the assembly, unusually excessive after wheel mounting and and any coolant leaks from a if the engine is water-cooled instead of Leaks can result in an unnecessary to the owner if they cause the or other elements to fail or prematurely, and in the case of leaking or brake-fluid leaks any resultant can be life threatening if it occurs the bike is underway on the highway.

At the least, a motorcycle that is anything will not remain and good-looking for long, and it adds to the road surface that a hazard for everyone. The first towards “going-green” is, in my mind, which means keeping the for any vehicle, including motorcycles, they belong — inside the vehicle, not on the road or in the

Chains and Belts: Except for motorcycles that are shaft-drives the Vulcan Mean Streak my Sandra, rides), all bikes either a chain or a belt transfers the engine energy from the transmission to the rear It is usually best to have a Service Tech check and the safety of these items. The however, can often alert the to possible problems.

On a chain look to see that there any deformation to any of the links, and that the all move around the pulley and clean, without sticking the transport release point of the Also make certain the chain is properly lubricated. are several different chain that people might

Check with the Service and find out which one is best for a motorcycle, and then, after the Detailing, go ahead and lube the After lubrication remove any so that it will not get thrown-off and your newly cleaned

At times lubricating the chain even be considered a required in the Detailing, since some of work to remove grease and from other elements the chain may have also inadvertently, some of the chain If the drive is a belt-drive . then the belt to make certain are no gashes or worn areas the edges of the belt, and that all of the of the belt are in good shape.

check of both chains and will include checking the of “slack” that should be on the lower portion of the assembly as the or chain moves towards the sprocket and on the upper portion as it the rear sprocket. If you are not sure or are not trained in these elements, ask the folks to check this teach you how to use a ruler and measure the state yourself.

For those of you who operate a Cleaning and Detailing some of the items I have in this article may be costly in both time and associated materials that you will to charge an additional fee to perform the service. Price this and fairly. For those of you who take motorcycle to a Detailer, bear in that they need to profitable in order to be there for you and your ride safe

At we work at a flat until it comes to an element will, by its very nature, add time (more than hours) beyond the normal and 5-hour detail. Restoring “de-fogging” plastic lamp or housings, repairing spokes, new wiring or replacing clamps on exhaust systems these all a direct cost to us in terms of and materials, and we get prior approval passing those costs

Many items we have in this article, however, we do in the interest of Safety for everyone. tire pressure, tightening or quickly re-routing a short wire-harness all take only a or two, and we do these as a matter of encouraging the owners of the bikes to do things themselves at regular and intervals.

Finally — If you run a and Cleaning service, one way to think of Safety service is this if customer wrecks their you won’t have anything to or anyone to clean-for. In the interest of repeat business, the Detailer a role in making certain the customer can actually return, an intact motorcycle that can be Clean and Safe.

That is it for this discussion of “Detailing = This is a topic that go on and on, and I hope that all of you find helpful and informative, and that joy with riding and caring for motorcycle is enhanced as a result. keep these lessons in as you clean and care-for your or as you clean motorcycles that to others.

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The Reason For This Article

One unfortunate note from I have been in the “thought” of ever since November of this past year, the prior-to the week of Thanksgiving. On the of November 15, 2007, Herb, one of the “Old-School” and modern motorcycle Technicians ever, and the one-time tech at Low Country Customs, was when around mid-night, no fault of his own, his Harley off the road at high-speed and into a of pine-trees.

Herb was … instantly, and I think that who knew him also died a that night and during the difficult days that the accident. His passing left a in many hearts that I do not can or will ever be filled. was his own man, hard-living to the end, and a and dear friend to some very special and fortunate who knew him well.

I knew him for only a year, but in our interaction at Low Country Customs he was helpful to me, he was kind to the other Detailers who work for me, and he was always to answer even my most questions without making me like a complete …. To individuals at LCC and in the Savannah biker who had known Herb for many he was a real Brother, one they Loved with all of their

Herb will be sorely and this article is dedicated to his

Goodbye, Friend and Brother.

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