05-11-2013, 12:29 PM
World Superbike Racer
Joined: Apr 2012
From: Bowling Green, VA
I Ride: '09 ZX6R
Originally Posted by redsmartie
This isn't a question about what you use rather how you do it.
I just find the wheels pretty inaccessible and I'm sick of rolling backwards and forwards to expose what feels a small part of the wheel in one go.
I only have the side stand too so the right side gets more attention than the left because its easier to get to.
I don't have wheel stands yet... so far there's little need for them. To clean the wheels, I use liquid car wax on a rag and wipe down as much of the front and rear wheel as I can comfortably get to.
To clean the rest of the rear wheel, I tug on the seat to pull the bike onto the side stand, which unweights the rear wheel. If you have it in neutral, you can use your other hand to rotate the back wheel about a quarter turn. Do that two or three times, and you can get to any spot on the rim.
Works well for lubricating the chain, as well.
The front wheel, I simply pull up on the front edge of the wheel, so the bike tries to roll backwards. That locks the side stand in place. When you pull up, you unweight the front wheel, and it will spin nearly a quarter turn.