Now a days everyone owns a Royal Enfield motorcycle,or at least wish to own.Those who own this fantastic machine often not bothers to maintain it.Here are a few tips to maintain your Royal Enfield motorcycle and add shine to it.
Washing of your Royal Enfield Motor cycles every week (take it to a water center when there too much hard mud so that pressure cleaning can be done, ensure he does NOT directly spray on the bike…ask him to use his finger so that spray is not direct the water should flow like a garden spray). It will shine up the bike and increase your road presence
1. Bucket and shampoo
2. Good towel which is lint free
3. Old tooth brush and paint brush and Kerosene or Diesel
4. Oil or appropriate lubricant
5. Plastic cover
6. Adhesive tapes
Don’t use any detergents like Nirma, Wheel,Ariel and Surf etc. They will just eat the latex coat (which gives the shine). The best solution is to use a Wax Based Car cleaning shampoo and the economic solution is to use a Shampoo like Sunsilk or Garnier if you prefer
1. Always choose a cool and shady place at the same time do not do this at night you might not see able to see the grim properly. Ensure that there is no direct sun light as sun light might leave hard to remove and ugly water stains.
2. Before you start the washing, take an old paint brush. Dip it in Kerosene or Diesel and apply to oil stained area or areas with strong grim such as under the chassis, crankcase etc. Kerosene or Diesel will ease the grim easily.
3. Pour the shampoo in the bucket and fill it if possible with warm water. Warm water removes stains and dust well than cold water.
4. Cover Silencer, Control Cables (handle bar), Spark plus unit with plastic covers to ensure that the water doesn’t get into it.
5. Remove keys and stick adhesive tape so that water doesn’t seep in.
6. Do spot stain checking and apply the washing shampoo to stain spots using toothbrush.
7. Start washing from top to bottom.
8. Wash her once and check for spots. If needed do it again.
9. Now spray plain water all over the bile again bottom to top.
10. Ensure that there no soap left.
11. Shake your bike or move it front and back to shake of excess water.
12. Now put her on side stand and let her idle for 5 mins and remove the plastic covers.
13. Now wipe her dry using Chamois leather.
14. Lubricate all joints.
Now your bull is spotless and clean
This is an interesting subject. Basically there are two types of polishes, Synthetic and Organic. Any polymer-based polish is an example of Synthetic type whereas any wax-based polish is an example of organic wax.
Now get a good wax polish. Apply it evenly in circular motion or as specified, some manufacturers prefer vertical straight motion. Leave it for a min and you will see the haze now (varies with polishes). Puff it in circular motion or as specified. Now the paint is shining and you can see your smile reflected
Rust is the best villain. Good polish like Zaino should protect your bull for 2 weeks and Carnauba based ones will protect you for 1 week. During this time they will have water repellant effect and will gradually weaken. So polish your BULL frequently.
What is Chrome plating??
Chrome plating , often referred to simply as chrome, is a technique of electroplating a thin layer of chromium onto a metal or plastic object. The chromed layer can be decorative, provide corrosion resistance, ease cleaning procedures, or increase surface hardness. Sometimes a less expensive imitator of chrome may be used for aesthetic purposes.Not going into technical analysis, chrome plating is nothing but coating a component or part of you BULL with a mixture of metals, primarily Chromium and Nickel. Chrome plating gives great luster and mirror like to finish. Some example of Chrome plated parts in your BULL are Handle Bar, Silencer, Crash Guard, Saree Guard and so on.
Note: The crankcase is Buffed Aluminum and not Chrome.
APPLYING CHROME POLISH
General Rule for any polish applies, first try in a small spot. If satisfied go ahead.
1. Apply the polish to the chromed region in circular mode or as instructed by the manufacturer.
2. Leave it for a min to form a haze (again check instructions).
3. Now wipe it clean and buff it with a clean turkey towel or any cotton cloth which is lint free.
4. Apply some wax.
Do the water test. The chrome parts will be as good as a Mirror.
Polished Aluminum’s life (life of the gloss not the metal) is less as it tarnishes because of oxidation. It becomes dull very fast and water based stains if not wiped immediately will stay for long.
This is what I am doing currently. I am using “Autosol” polish for Aluminum (It’s available in hardware shops).
1. Apply it on the aluminum part and rub in circular motion. You will see the cloth turning black (will explain this later).
2. Once it’s really black, change it and use a clean cloth and buff it as much as you can. There are two schools of thought one which says leave the polish for 1-2 mins before polishing and the other which says don’t leave any gap. I prefer the second school. Will try the first school and update later.
3. Leave it to dry and apply some wax.
1. Polishing Aluminum is little different. The skill here is the speed and not PRESSURE. That’s why they use high speed buffing wheels. SO the faster you polish the Shiner she gets.
2. I told about those water spots. There is a solution. Mix 1 portion of vinegar to 1 portion of water. Apply this mixture to then spots and leave them for a min. Now wipe it. Recent spots will vanish. Repeat this process again and again till the OLD spots disappear. This will not cause any harm for aluminum.
What is this Rust?
When iron combines with oxygen, it forms iron oxide, or rust. Iron oxide is a larger molecule than iron, so if iron oxidizes; it often puffs up and may even flake. This is because the rust requires more physical space than the original iron. Once rust is formed, there is mobile oxygen in the metal, and the oxygen can move deeper into the metal causing further rust.
This article gives you various ways rust can be removed. If the rust is quite old or if it has marked its territory deep, then the best thing to do will be to chrome plate it again so that it doesn’t eat the steel.
1. Aluminum Foil
Well you never thought of this right. Try this. Take Aluminum Foil and wrap it
around your finger and rub it until the rust disappears. Ensure that the shiny
side rubs the rust. Works on basic to medium rust.
Tip: Dip the Aluminum Foil in COKE for best results
2. Zinc Chloride or Chalk Powder
Soft rust can be removed by applying zinc chloride or chalk powder. Wet a piece of cloth and dab some powder and apply on the rusted area. Rub it until the rust is removed.
This again works for soft to medium rust. Prepare real think strong tea. Let’s say you should use 5 tea bags for 300 ml of water. Ensure it brews enough and that’s the crucial part. Now let it cool for 5-10 mins. Now soak the rusted part in the Tea for 2-4 hours or until the rust disappears. Wipe it, dry it and apply polish to it. Voila is sparkling.
Okay how does this work…see basically Tea contains tannic acid which attacks the rust.
4. Rubbing Compound
This is used widely but I am little worried because if not properly used it can eat the metal. Go to any paint store and buy some rubbing compound. The rubbing compound is an abrasive which basically eats RUST and sometime the metal also. Dab some compound on a cloth and rub it in the rusted part till the rust disappears. Now wash the area with mild shampoo and dry it. Apply some petroleum jelly and wipe it clean after one hour. This neutralizes any residue of the compound. Now polish it. Well keep watching this page I will give detailed study on Rubbing Compounds.
Usually we do not give much attention to this part which is as important as the bike’s engine. So now sit up and concentrate because a little attention on your wheels can make your bike look lot younger 100 times SEXIER. Keeping the wheels in top shape can bring a mediocre bull to Top shape. Now let’s cut to the cheese.
For cleaning purpose, wheel is divided into three parts: tyres, rims and spokes.
Now let’s look into each of them.
How important is the look of the tyre? Well you might wear the Giorgio Armani suit, a designer watch, imported shoes, the best fragrance and then if you have unkept hair which is shabby and colored in all possible ways with dirt and grease how will it look? That’s exactly how your bull will look if the tyres are not treated with respect. Also, just like how a well kept hair prevents Balding a well kept Tyre prevents cracking and improves the life of the tyre.
Of all parts, tyres are subjected to worst treatment. Heat changes due to continuous riding and stopping, bruising from the well laid Indian Roads, scuffing and so on. So please help them and keep them smiling. Here is how to do it.
Cleaning a Tyre:
1. First inspect for small glass pieces, stones, gravels etc and remove them. These little things impact the life of the threads.
2. Now take soft brush or sponge and wash the tyre with water.
3. Now using a mild soap solution (car wash solutions or mild shampoos) wash the tyre.
4. Dry them suing a soft lint free cloth.
Note: Never wash the tyres immediately after a ride. Give it a rest of 1 hour before washing. This will cool the tyre and make it ready for you.
Polishing not only improves the look but also the life of the tyres.
1. Select a non-silicone and non-formaldehyde tyre polish. Formaldehyde might cause harm in due course by separating the body ply from the side walls of the tyres.
2. Apply the tyre polish evenly in circular motion and leave for 1 min (or as instructed by manufacturer).
3. Wipe the tyre and wait for 2 mins.
4. Now shine it for a rich and great luster.
Rims are mostly chrome plated. Refer to the section on chrome to know about polishing as I will concentrate on just cleaning.
1. The most important part is the place where the spokes are attached to the rim. This is where most of the rust and grime settle. Take a toothbrush and kerosene and apply it in thejoints. Scrub them lightly.
2. Now take some mild soap solution (For me diluted Prill works well). Using the toothbrush apply them in the joints and also on the rim surface and sides of the rims. You can also use a small sponge for this. Leave it for a minute.
3. Now rinse them with clean water.
4. Now apply chrome polish as described in the article.
Tip: Using a brass brush helps in removing rust and also minimizes scratches.
They can make your bull exotic or crap, there is no two ways about it. With proper care they will shine for long time. The OEM spokes for RE is not chrome plated and do not have a mirror finish. They are made of Mild Steel and have mild shine. The Hub is made of Aluminium and not buffed to shine. Oil and grime are frequent visitors to our spokes and hubs. If left unattended, they will encroach space and settle there as Permanent guest which is not Good.
Let’s see how to take care of them.
1. Based on the grime or how bad your spokes are, decide on what you need to
use. If it’s really bad then use Fine Scotch Brite. If not then use Sponge.
2. Kerosene is a very good grime remover. Use the Scotch Brite/Sponge and
apply kerosene on the spokes and rub till the grime is removed.
3. Now clean the HUB using a toothbrush and some kerosene.
4. Now take some mild soap solution (for me diluted Prill works well). Using a rinsed scotch Brite/sponge wash the spokes till it’s clean.
5. Wipe it clean with lint free towel.
6. You can apply all purpose metal polish or chalk powder. Refer to the polishing section for more details.
7. Buff them clean for a good shine and big smile on your face.
Tip: You can polish the Hub using a Metal Polish such as Mr.Metal, Autosol, Mother’s or Eagle’s Aluminium Polish. Refer to the polishing section for more details. Since they are powder coated will take a long time.
You don’t need to do that, take it to any sticker shop and ask them to remove it.
Doing it by yourself will lead to scratches and dull finishing.
1. Bird Droppings: Use warm water instead of cold water, warm water (NOT HOT WATER) will ease the process. First wet the bird dropping and leave for 2 mins then add little shampoo and gently rub wipe with a soft cloth.
2. Do not use SPONGE to wash your BULL. Sponge by default is coarse and small mud particles tend to collect in the small pores. This will result in minute scratches which over the year will dull the paint. Use soft cloth and keep rinsing it.
3. For drying the best is Chamois leather. If it ain’t available, use Terry-cloth towels.
4. The best indicator to determine if your bike needs waxing is WATER. Drop little water on the petrol tank. If it runs away without leaving a trail then your bike is perfect. If stays as drop or leaves trial, its time to WAX her. This is a real good test during rainy days to determine if you bull needs a wax coat.
5. Ouch there is a deep scratch. Apply Petroleum Jelly. It will keep the rust at bay till you paint it.
6. Removing Stiff OIL grime: The best solution is Kerosene/Diesel (I prefer diesel as it doesn’t leave a trail). Take a brush and apply kerosene. It will loosen the grime. Now wash the area will your shampoo. It’s as clean as a white horse.
7. Shampoos will leave strain if left for long. The best will to wash your bike is clean one side of the bike and rinse it, then move to the second side. This will you can eliminate the soap from drying.
Going for a Vacation?
If you are going on a long vacation (10 days or more), do the following:
1. Clean you bike completely.
2.Apply polish to the painted area, BUT DO NOT BUFF OR CLEAN, leave it like that. This will form a good protection.
3. Apply automotive wax or furniture wax to chrome and aluminum areas.
4. Apply petroleum jelly to electrical points.
5. Inflate tyres and apply Tyre polish or Kiwi Wax Shoe Polish (Not liquid ones).
6.Open your bike’s spark plug and pour 10 ml engine oil into it and put the spark plug and kick the lever several times.This will protect your cylinder head walls from rusting and jamming of piston.
Note:These are only for the external maintenance such as Paints, chrome and aluminum not for the Bull as such.