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Washing Your Motorcycle - Kawasaki Z1000 2014 Owner's Manual

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MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT
system, brake components, electri-
cal components, muffler outlets, and
fuel tank openings.

Washing Your Motorcycle

Rinse your bike with cold water from
a garden hose to remove any loose
dirt.
Mix a mild neutral detergent (de-
signed for motorcycles or automo-
biles) and water in a bucket. Use
a soft cloth or sponge to wash your
motorcycle. If needed, use a mild de-
greaser to remove any oil or grease
build up.
After washing, rinse your motorcy-
cle thoroughly with clean water to re-
move any residue (residue from the
detergent can damage parts of your
motorcycle).
Use a soft cloth to dry your motorcy-
cle. As you dry, inspect your motor-
cycle for chips and scratches. Do not
let the water air dry as this can dam-
age the painted surfaces.
Start the engine and let it idle for sev-
eral minutes. The heat from the en-
gine will help dry moist areas.
Carefully ride your motorcycle at a
slow speed and apply the brakes
several times.
brakes and restores them to normal
operating performance.
Lubricate the drive chain to prevent
rusting.
NOTE
After riding in an area where the
roads are salted or near the ocean,
immediately wash your motorcycle
with cold water. Do not use warm
water as it accelerates the chemical
reaction of the salt.
This helps dry the
After drying,

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