Selling Your Motorcycle? Here’s How to Clean It Up

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If you’ve decided that it’s time to sell your motorcycle, you’re going to want to spruce it up, so that it looks its best and attracts more attention than the average cycle for sale. Here are some simple motorcycle cleaning tips to help you do just that:

WD40 is Your Friend

If you want your used motorcycle to be as impressive as the new inventory from American Motorcycle Trading Company, then you need to use liberal amounts of WD40. Spray it on the plastic and metal of your motorcycle and then use some good old-fashioned elbow grease to remove all of the dirt and gunk that has built up over the time you’ve enjoyed your bike. After you’ve used WD40 to clean your brake callipers, it’s important that you also use brake cleaner to remove any oil residue

Give Your Wheels Some TLC

Taking the time to really make your wheels shine is a great way of making your motorcycle look much more attractive. You can get your wheels looking like new by buffing them with furniture polish after you’ve given them the once over with some WD40.

Make Your Screen Shine

Ensuring that your motorcycle’s screen is completely free of dirt, scratches and marks is very important if you want it to look its best when it goes up for sale. Luckily, there are lots of great products that will clean up the screen and fill in and scratches to leave it looking as good as new.

Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush

Using an old toothbrush is a fantastic way to clean the little nooks and crannies that might not seem too important, but which will almost certainly be looked at in detail by potential buyers who are in the know, such as the nose fairing and footpegs. You should also clean these areas with something like Autosol to get rid of any accumulated rust.

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Remove Stickers

If you’ve put stickers on your motorcycle, perhaps to hide any scratches and marks, it’s always a good idea to remove them before sale, because being honest and upfront about the condition of your bike is the right thing to do and will prevent any angry exchanges once the bike is sold.

To get rid of stickers, first, peel them off and then spray furniture polish on to the residue. Leave for a few seconds before using rubbing off with a stiff cloth. Then, buff with brake cleaner to get rid of any residue that might still be left over.

Buff the Brakes

Use a Scotchbrite sponge and a little furniture to buff up the center of your brakes until they’re shiny When cleaning the outer parts, just use the sponge without any polish. When they look good, use a little brake cleaner to get rid of any leftover residue from the polish.

Make the Engine Sparkle

Using both Autosol and WD40 on the engine is the best way to clean it up thoroughly. It’s important that you do this because the engine will, of course, be looked at very closely.

Good luck selling your motorcycle!


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