May 15th, 2013 by Jason Giacchino
Springtime riding has arrived. What was piles of snow a few weeks ago is likely now piles of mud. Those April showers bringing on the May flowers have caused streams to swell, puddles to become swamps and turned trails into endless ribbons of muck.
Is This a Bad Thing?
Absolutely not. So long as you don’t mind getting good and dirty. We here at ATV Connection often have to return ATVs to the dealership when we get done with them and quads that look more like statues than modern machinery are generally frowned upon in the situation. We also hear there are riders out there who simply like to keep their ATVs clean and sparkly. Either way we discovered a detailing product that delivers the goods.
Enter Formula 1 High Performance Bike Clean Motorcycle Cleaner- yes we realize that nowhere in this product’s title will you find the terms ATV or UTV; take comfort in knowing that many of the same materials that comprise the modern street bike can be found on your quad or side-by-side.
Shake it up a little bit, point the 16-oz bottle toward your machine and pull the trigger. Formula 1 Bike Clean is a liquid in the bottle but it foams up as it traverses the air between the nozzle and your ATV. Let its frothy goodness settle on the surface of your machine then wipe it off with a clean rag. That’s it, no water or hosing required.
Just because the words High Performance are found within its title, we don’t just assume it means we’ll be dazzled by its performance. Fortunately, it’s not just hyperbole in the case of the Formula 1 Bike Clean. The stuff flat out works. Because it’s formulated to target stuff like road tar and splattered bugs, rest assured that it loosens up caked on dirt, grime and grit without any presoaking or scrubbing.
What’s really nice is that foamy liquid has a tendency to work its way into all of your machine’s many cracks and crevices; into those spots where no rag and fingers can possibly go. Surprisingly, we’ve had great success in using the product to eliminate that unwanted layer of surface dust and waterspots after a good hosing with the pressure washer. Because the stuff adds a nice deep shine to plastic, it works as a detailer as well as a cleaner.
No, not really. We usually pick the stuff up at our local Autozone for about $8 a bottle and it lasts us anywhere between three to a dozen+ cleanings (depending on how crudded up the machine in question happens to be). The spray & wipe formula is really nice if you happen to be camping, away from civilization or out on the dunes. There are times when caked on mud is going to have to be sprayed off before using Bike Clean but by and large, it cuts through most of the stuff you could possibly pick up in your travels. A light misting and a quick wipe down not only restore factory luster to plastics, it may actually surpass it with reflectivity. It doesn’t fill in scratches but it does make the surface shiny enough for them to be quite unnoticeable.
Hit up www.formula1wax.com for more information.