Many of us have a pride of ownership when it comes to our motorcycles. We want it to look its best, as if preparing it to win “Best In Show” awards as soon as the garage door opens. In order to have it in tip-top shape a good washing is needed fairly frequently. Bugs, soot, and dirt. There are all sorts of debris looking to stick to your windshield, fit into the crevices of your rims, or splash all over the underside of your fenders. A good sponge can scrub away the imperfections and ultimately end in a lustrous shine, so we’ve gathered up a variety for such cleaning uses.
The Big Classic Sponge
A classic absorbent sponge like this one from Creative Hobbies is perfectly adequate for the weekly wash. This pack consists of four large 7.5 x 5 x 2-inch sponges that are easy to hold. It is long lasting, which allows for a multitude of washes. It may seem odd, but I have a nostalgia with a sponge like this. My father would coax us kids into washing the family cars and we would use this style of sponge. It always seemed to get the job done just fine—and if I was lucky, I got an extra buck of allowance in my pocket afterward.
Dense And Soft Sponge
Another option is a porous sponge like this one which holds and distributes soap well, limiting the amount of times you go back to the bucket. Its cross-cut pattern is touted to pull dirt from the painted surfaces of your motorcycle or car and reduce marring—after all, a sponge is meant to rid your vehicle of flaws, not create more.
Bugs Be Gone
They may be small, but sometimes a bug is a stubborn sort when it’s splattered across your windscreen or headlight. And rather than using your nail or other means of removing that stubborn insect, you could just use a microfiber mesh sponge like this one from Viking. With the claim that it can even work at removing tree sap, this sponge is a promising contender for removing your caked-on debris. It is safe to use on glass or paint and can be used time and time again since it is also washable and reusable.
Devil’s In The Detailing
A sponge wrapped in a microfiber cloth is a great way to keep your motorcycle sparkling. No lint left behind. Primarily used to apply wax, sealants, or polishes, this eight-pack of microfiber sponges from Chemical Guys can be used to finalize the cleaning process. Regardless of your thorough scrubbing, this sponge may still uncover some grime, so it would be a comfort to note that they are machine washable as well.