The best motorcycle cleaning products

Whether it’s a necessity or something you look forward too, keep your bike spick and span with these products

Washing a Honda CBR650R

by Jim Blackstock |

For some, cleaning their bike is a necessary evil, on par with paying taxes or the last five minutes of Mrs Brown’s Boys while waiting for something good to come on.

But for others, it is a source of excitement, with the prospect of removing all traces of dirt and leaving the bike sparkling making them wake early.

For most, it’s somewhere between and keeping your bike clean is essential to make sure it stays bright and fresh for as long as possible.

There are both practical and aesthetic reasons for this; a bike that looks good means you want to ride it and helps keep its value.

It protects it from attack by dirt and salt from winter riding, for example, which can affect its ability to do its job properly. And you always feel a little nicer riding out on a clean, shiny bike than a filthy one...

Related: Worx Hydroshot Brushless review

Also depending on your preference is how you clean your bike. You should obviously give it a really good, deep clean from time to time, particularly if you are preparing it to tuck it away for winter, for example, or as you ride through winter.

However, there are also times when a quick once-over will be enough, particularly if you’re about to head out.

Here is a selection of cleaning products that will make your life that little bit easier.

It’s like the last part of a drive-through car wash, blowing water off the bike and out of hard-to-reach areas. I’ve tested it and it’s very effective, though it’s also a lot of money.

Best motorcycle cleaners

Muc-Off twin pack deals
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Half price on 1- and 5-litre twin packs, £21.98 down to £9.99 and £59.99 down to £29.99.

Muc-Off Nanotech Bike Cleaner
MCN Rated: The best disc brake cleaner

Tested by Simon Relph, 4 months - Quality 5/5, Value 4/5

Muc-Off Disc Brake Cleaner

"I still don’t know how I use to get by without disc brake cleaners, especially this one from Muc-Off. Very easy to use, simply give the can a good shake, then give the disc a good blast all over, concentrating on the dirtier areas and places where the dust collects in the hard to get at corners.

"Make sure this is down outside, or a well-ventilated space, as however nice it smells, it is still inflammable. Once the disc and calliper/pads look clean, leave enough time to dry off before wiping down with a dry clean cloth. Quick and easy to use, leaves everything sparkling."

Alternatively, if you don't have access to an outside power socket or tap but still want to blast

Worx WG630E.1 Cordless Brushless Hydroshot Portable Pressure Cleaner

Thing is, even if you do have a hose, this unit is still very convenient and simpler to set up than having to drag a corded cleaner out for a relatively small job. We've reviewed the Hydroshot Brushless and really rate it.

Pros:
• Convenient
• Easy to set up

Cons:
• Not as powerful as a corded pressure washer

A brush or sponge is the usual method for applying water and shampoo but this wash mitt from Gear

Gear Gremlin Wash Mitt

Pros:
• Great value
• Easier to use than a brush or sponge

Cons:
• Reviews say quite small

For a good-old bucket-and-sponge wash, you'll need a shampoo and this one from Autoglym is

Autoglym Shampoo

Pros:

• Easy to use
• Good value

Cons:
• No wax element

Sometimes, you just want to give the bike a quick once over and can't be bothered to get the

Greased Lightening Waterless Wash

It gets good reviews online and cleaning involves spraying it on, wiping it off and buffing up. Water beads nicely and it brings paintwork up well, apparently.

Pros:
• Gives the bike a quick spruce up
• Good reviews online

Cons:
• Need to be careful of grit on paint

A best-seller at Sportsbikeshop, this cleaner from Wurth will keep your chain as well as your

Wurth Brake and Chain Cleaner

Pros:
• Cleans chain and brakes
• Handy aerosol can

Cons:
• Doesn't appear to be biodegradable

A winner when sister title RiDE tested combined wax and polishes, this one from WD-40 sprays on as

WD-40 Wax and Polish

Pros:
• Polish and protection in one
• Great finish

Cons:
• Small can doesn't go far

If you are going for a bucket and hose wash and don't fancy a wash mitt, then a set of cleaning

Oxford Brush Set

Pros:
• A brush for every occasion
• Great value

Cons:
• None

Editor's Pick: We've tested this product and would spend our own money on it

Muc-Off's motorcycle cleaner can be applied using this spray pump or, as I do, using the company's

Muc-Off Motorcycle Cleaner

Pros:
• Biodegradable
• Smells nice

Cons:
• None

Billed as a simple spray-on, hose-off cleaner, this product from Silkolene is designed for road

Fuchs Wash Off

Pros:
• Developed for bikes
• Good price

Cons:
• Mixed customer reviews

Seal of Approval: We've tested this product and have found it performs well

This cleaner from SDoc is a gel that goes on thick and needs spreading out but once done, it cuts

S100 Total Cleaner

Pros:
• Works well on all dirt and grease
• High viscosity so stays where you spray it

Cons:
• Can't be used on bare aluminium

Seal of Approval: We've tested this product and have found it performs well

Winning a RiDE Best Buy triangle in the magazine's cleaner test, the M16 Extreme is another spray

M16 Extreme

Pros:
• Safe on all surfaces
• Dries streak free

Cons:
• None

Billed a Proper Cleaner 'by Guy Martin', this starter pack comprises an empty spray bottle and two

Proper Cleaner

Pros:
• Biodegradable
• Ships without water to reduce carbon footprint

Cons:
• None

This spray from Rock Oil will get rid of dirt, oil and grease, is biodegradable and contains no

Rock oil dirt blaster

Pros:
• Biodegradable
• Can be used in a pressure washer

Cons:
• Can't dry on polished surfaces

Clean plastics too

If merely removing the dirt and grime from your bike isn't enough for you, then look no further

SDoc100 Paint & Plastic Polish

Pros:
• Good value
• Ideal for plastics

Cons:
• Small can

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