Best motorcycle cleaning brushes

Cleaning products are one thing but applying them properly is quite another

Using a cleaning brush to scrub a motorcycle fork

by Jim Blackstock |

It’s always nice to be able to spray a cleaning product onto a bike, let it dwell for a little while and then, simply rinse off; we all love it when cleaning the bike takes no more effort than that to bring it up spick and span.

However, the reality tends to be a bit more involved. Road muck, dead insects, mud and grime can all cling to the bike with determination and mean that some form of agitation is necessary to get it to loosen its grip on your pride and joy.

This is where cleaning brushes come in. You should know this from various walks of life, not least of all the washing up; stubborn grime needs a combination of proper chemicals and agitation to get rid of.

Because there are various different areas of the bike that need slightly different cleaning regimes, you may find you need several different types of brush. For example, you may need a stiff shaped version for wheel spokes, that you won’t use on paintwork as it will be filthy with chain-fling, brake dust and all sorts of other debris.

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Similarly, a chain-cleaning brush is a very specific tool that will help bring your chain up nice and clean, ready for lubricating and protecting once again. And you need a nice soft brush for paintwork, for example, so that the dirt is carried away but not held on by the brush and scratch the paint.

Here is a selection of the best types of brush to keep your bike nice and clean.

1. Saibangz Nine-Piece Set


This all-in-one kit might be aimed at bicycles as well as motorcycles but there are plenty of

Saibangz Nine-Piece Set

There is a detail brush as well as a soft brush and a microfibre washing mitt, perfect for delicate paintwork, dials or seats.


Great value

All you need in one kit

Good reviews online


Durability may not be the best

2. Oxford Scrub And Brush Set


This kit from British kit and accessory giant Oxford may only contain four brushes but it will get

Oxford Scrub And Brush Set


Quality kit

Basics to get you going

Good reviews


No chain brush included

3. Muc-Off Five-Piece Set


One of the other large players in the bike-cleaning market, this kit from Muc-Off includes five

Muc-Off Five-Piece Set

In addition to the previous kit, it also includes a detail and component brush that will help with wheels or chains – though not a full chain brush.


Great starter kit

Renowned brand

Rubberised handles for grip



4. Bike-it Bristle And Foam Brush


Weu2019re now getting into the realms of specialised brushes and this one from Bike It comprises a

Bike-it Bristle And Foam Brush


Bristles and foam

Abrasive for stubborn dirt

Long plastic handle


Specialised use

5. Kungfu Mall Chain Cleaning Brushes


Notwithstanding the dubious name, there is little not to like about this two-brush set of

Kungfu Mall Chain Cleaning Brushes

The three-sided end is perfect for cleaning drivechains ready for re-lubricating and protecting against the elements.


Simple yet effective

Handy double pack

Good value


Highly dodgy name

6. Bike It Claw Bristle Brush


An odd-shaped brush this one but another handy addition to your cleaning armoury. The bend prongs

Bike It Claw Bristle Brush

This would make it ideal for cast-wheel spokes as well as swing arms and if you need a bit more clearance, you could always splay the prongs or close them up.


Great value

Useful addition

Long handle


Limited use

7. Armorall Wash Mitt


While admittedly not a brush, this wash mitt from cleaning giant Armorall effectively replaces the

Armorall Wash Mitt

It has two surfaces – microfibre on one side and mesh on the rear - to help get dead flies off screens, for example.


Easy to use

Microfibre and mesh

Great value


Hands can get cold when wet

8. Oxford Tyre Brush


Another reasonably specialised brush but this one from Oxford is perfect for cleaning the

Oxford Tyre Brush


Clean tyre and wheel together

Rubberised edge prevents damage

Impact-resistant handle


Fairly specialised

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