How to Save Time Washing Motorcycles

Alright, I figured we would start with something simple that many people seem to struggle with in dealing with their two wheeled machines. The topic today is how to save time washing motorcycles. I personally receive compliments all the time on how great my motorcycles look when I’m at events or just out riding. Everyone always says, “It must take you hours to clean your motorcycle”. I laugh and say actually it only took about a half hour. No one ever believes it because they are use to spending most of their time spending pain staking hours cleaning their motorcycle to obtain an awesome finished product.

The truth is it will always take time and there are many products available that will help your motorcycle look good, although no product saves you time. Washing is basic, you just need to use a light detergent soap that can be found in any automotive section of a department store and apply that soap with a soft rag or special soap applicator. Make sure to wash small sections and rinse frequently out of direct sun light, preferably in the shade or in a garage. You don’t want to give the soap time to dry on your motorcycle since it leaves an ugly white residue on your chrome and paint.

Once you have completed the wash and rinse you are almost done. Here is the hard part, drying your motorcycle. Most people are firm believers that chamois are the way to go, I use to be until I found a better method that leaves an awesome finished result with no spots or water lingering in cracks and crevasses. Drying with a chamois takes forever and most of the time you will have water trapped in areas that you can’t get to and it eventually drips or runs on your chrome and paint leaving streaks. How upsetting is that after you spent quality time washing and drying and there are still water spots and streaks all over your finished work!

It’s really no secret and the way around water spots and streaks is using the right tools for the job. Using the right tools saves time, money, and unneeded aggravation. Years ago someone told me about using a leaf blower on my motorcycle and I thought they were insane until I got tired of wasting an hour or more drying everything on my motorcycle and tried using a leaf blower. I have to say it cut my time down in 1/3 with outstanding results. I have to admit that I still had to go around and wipe a little here and there with a chamois but the time savings was significant and the results were spectacular. Eventually I found another tool that works even better and faster with results that are remarkable. What I found was the Air Force Blaster Motorcycle Dryer. There are three different models of the Air Force Blaster; the 1.3 HP, 4 HP, 8 HP. Each of these models does an outstanding job turning the normal hour or better choir into 10 minutes or less removing every molecule of water off your motorcycle. There is no using a chamois when using the Air Force Blaster, just turn it on and let it do all the drying for you!

This tool may seem like an investment to you and you are right, it’s an investment to save time and effort to get superior results in the final look of your motorcycle. Any good motorcycle dealership has an Air Force Blaster model in their shop for their employees to use when the work is complete on a customer’s motorcycle and wash time begins. Why do you ask? The reason is simple, dealerships are in the business to make money while they also provide great service and products. If they want a customer to return with their motorcycle they are going to give it back to their customer in better condition than what it came in as. Washing only makes sense, although it is very time consuming and the customer really doesn’t pay for this service. Dealerships found the tool that saves their employees significant time and them a huge amount of money on wages, that right the Air Force Blaster! Air Force Blaster enables a dealership’s employees to wash 8-10 motorcycle in the time it use to take washing one motorcycle the old fashion way. The money they spent buying an Air Force Blaster provided an immediate return with phenomenal results.

I encourage you to try the Air Force Blaster out, any model will provide outstanding results with an immediate return on your investment. Time is money and you can never put a dollar amount on the time taken away from riding and spent on cleaning. Thanks for reading and please post comments, we always enjoy hearing feedback on our blogs and products.

Your Best Lambskin Leather Wear

Are you one of those slightly unfortunate people living in a geographic location close to the poles? If so then you are one of those who get extremely pleased on those days of the year when there is just about a bit of sun heat around, and you spend the rest of the year thinking how to keep yourself warm yet sexy.

The biggest problem which people like you face, if they are fashion- conscious, is with their dress. In the intense cold they don’t have much of a choice when it comes to dressing. However all is not that gloomy. If you are fashion conscious and like millions of the people around want to look good then you would soon turn your warm clothes into a style statement. You see nobody made a rule that warm clothes cannot be stylist and sexy.

Talking about warm clothes the first thing which comes to anybody’s mind is leather. If you are used to wearing lambskin leather then there is nothing more left for us to tell you. However if you are unaccustomed to wearing this fine category of clothing then there is much that you have lost on. Leather is very warm and soft. It is also amazingly sexy. Yes. Leather wear is very sexy. It doesn’t matter how your shape is, when you wear leather your body automatically get a very firm and curvy shape. There is an accentuation which your body gets under leather. Added to that leather is shiny. This means that you will not look dull no matter how colorless the rest of your dresses are.

If you are having genuine leather garments then there is need for you to take care of it. Followings are few ways of doing so.

o Polish: yes, this is the most important part you need to religiously do in order to keep your leather wear in good shape. This is what most people don’t do. But you must understand that if you don’t polish your leather it will not get any moisture and lose its shine very soon!!

o Watch out: when buying the polish make sure that you are not taking a polish which has mineral or petroleum in it and above all avoid polishes with coloring agents. Polishes are important for your leather but you must choose that right one else you will only be left with patchy stains of those expensive leather wears. Also try to avoid heavy and greasy polishes since they too are not good for your leather wear.

o No wax and silicon please: this is another thing which you will have to stay away from if you want keep that leather wear of yours in good shape. Animal fats such as mink oil etc. can be used but they have their own disadvantage. What is that? Well these oils tend to clog the pores of the leather and not just that, they also make the color of the leather a lot darker. So you will find yourself flaunting new colors of the same dress everyday!!

o Stay away from moisture: like all the above mentioned things, moisture too is not good for your leather wear. So better stay away from snow and rain. And if you by chance get them on your leather then make immediate efforts to dry the dress completely unless you want ugly patches on your expensive lovely leather wear!!

Now you are quite educated about taking care of leather wear. So what are you waiting for? Better make up for the neglect you have subjected your leather wear to for all these years.

9 Branding Traps We Get Caught In

In 1954, a unique being came into this world and the branding began. The baby was a girl, the first child of first-generation Canadians, granddaughter of refugees. Her Mennonite parents spoke German and ran a fruit farm. The nurses put a pretty pink bow in her fiery red hair and delivered her back to her mom. Five siblings would follow and she would grow up to become a nurse like her mom.

Although I’m still a red-headed female, the attributes that labeled me then are very different from the brand I’ve become.

Branding is essentially a marketing term used to categorize us and convey a specific message. It’s not who we are. It’s the perception of who we are and like beauty, it’s in the eyes of the beholder. As a child, my dad told me Del Monte meant “kill the farmer.” Obviously he was feeling squeezed by a giant food producer and that has stuck with me to this day.

It’s the tangible way we reflect personal philosophies and personalities. It reflects our values, perspectives and interests. Not only do we run impressions of people and things through our own filter and assign them a brand, we also label ourselves based on those that have been assigned to us. We immediately form opinions of the motorcycle – and its rider – based on whether it’s a BMW, Yamaha, Honda, Harley-Davidson or Ducati.

Just like preconceived notions can lead us to misjudge the appropriateness of a motorcycle, so too can we misjudge others. These elements on which a motorcycle brand is created, can become judgment traps.

  1. Size. While there is a correlation between engine displacement (cc’s) and power output, it’s not a given. Likewise, we can’t determine a person’s capabilities or personalities by their physical size and shape.
  2. Color. We joke about whether a black bike is faster/nimbler/prettier/more powerful than a blue bike. In reality, color makes no difference. Just like age, skin or hair color make no difference to who we are as beings.
  3. Functionality, features. There are all kinds of options that can be purchased over and above the standard bike but unless they enhance safety, that they’re available doesn’t mean we need them. Likewise, we often make our lives overly complex, just because advertising has convinced us we need something.
  4. Accessories. There are lots of gizmos and gadgets we accumulate and granted, they can add convenience, but they don’t speak to the capabilities of the machine. Similarly, choices we make can camouflage our brand.
  5. Country of origin. Just because you’ve had an unfavorable experience with a Japanese/British/German bike does not mean that all things Japanese/British/German are bad. Nor does a person’s heritage necessarily reflect who that unique individual is.
  6. Stature. Differences in seat height, center of gravity and suspension can make an 800 pound cruiser easier to handle at slow speeds than a 500 pound dual sport bike. Individuals vary too. Don’t form an opinion based on first impression without knowing all the facts. You’ll likely be wrong.
  7. Heritage. Even a new motorcycle has a legacy, depending on experiences with others in its brand. The family, culture and society into which I arrived on this earth were instrumental in shaping the thoughts, attitudes and beliefs that guided my early behavior. Traditions, role models, religion, fairy tales and myths all passed down from one generation to the next, set the expectations based on cultural norms,
  8. Stock issue. This is what our bike is – or who we are – before people start working on us. The setting we’re born into initially establishes our brand but as we become more self aware and evolve, we come to realize that often, the branding that’s been thrust upon us by others is not who we are. Like the ugly duckling, we sense we don’t fit and at some point strike out to find the tribe where we do belong.
  9. Reviews, opinions of others. People base motorcycle purchases on journalists reviews and experiences of others. It’s really good to do your research, but in the end, it’s important to realize that the opinions of others percolate through their filters, their thoughts and beliefs.

Our brand is one of our most valuable assets and we control it. It’s something we create to express who we are, not something we are pigeonholed into because of an arbitrary label.