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9/23/2021

Cleaning Your Motorcycle

This article will provide an overview on how to wash the different components of your Indian Motorcycle. 

Notice: Do not use pressurized water to wash the motorcycle. Water may seep in and deteriorate wheel bearings, brake caliper assemblies, brake master cylinders, electrical connectors, steering head bearings and transmission seals. Do not direct any water stream at air intakes, exhaust outlets, electrical connectors or audio system speakers. Electrical components may be damaged by water. Do not allow water to contact electrical components or connectors. 

  • Before washing your Indian Motorcycle, make sure the exhaust pipes are cool. Cover each pipe opening with a plastic bag secured with a strong rubber band. Check that the spark plugs, spark plug wire caps, oil fill cap and fuel caps are properly seated.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners.
  • Rinse off as much dirt and mud as possible with water running at low pressure. Use as little water as possible when washing near the air intake or the exhaust pipe openings. Dry these components thoroughly before operating your motorcycle.
  • Clean the front fork tubes thoroughly to reduce fork seal wear and leakage.
  • After washing, remove the rubber bands and plastic bags from the exhaust pipes. Start the engine and let it idle for a few minutes.
  • Make sure the brakes are functioning properly before riding.

Windshield Care
If your motorcycle is equipped with a windshield, use Indian Motorcycle Instant Detailer & Shine and a soft cloth to clean it. The cleaner is part number 2863893 for 16 oz. or part number 2863900 for one gallon. You can also clean the windshield with a soft cloth and plenty of warm water. Do not use glass cleaners, water or soil repellents, and petroleum- or alcohol-based cleaners on the windshield, as these products can damage the windshield. 

Once done cleaning, dry the windshield with a soft clean cloth (part number 2863897). Remove minor scratches with a high-quality polishing compound designed for use on polycarbonate surfaces.

Notice: Be careful to avoid getting brake fluid and alcohol on the windshield, as these compounds will permanently damage the windshield. 

Engine Care
Indian Motorcycle manufactures an Engine Enhancer to preserve your motorcycle's engine and related parts. The Engine Enhancer is part number 2863894 for 16 oz. or part number 2863901 for one gallon. 

Matte Clear Coat Finish Care
Matte finish products are prone to trapping dirt, oils and other contaminants. Always clean this type of finish with warm water and a mild dish-washing detergent. Use a soft sponge to gently rub the surface and then rinse with clean warm water. For stubborn stains such as grease or oil, use a citrus-based cleaner. Spray the cleaner onto the area and rub gently with a soft sponge. Allow the cleaner to sit for a couple of minutes and then rinse well with clean warm water. Repeat as needed.

Notice: Never use a polishing/buffing wax or any sponge that has an abrasive surface when cleaning a matte finish. These products will buff the matte surface of the finish and result in a glossy finish. Never clean matte finishes with a pressure washer, as this will further imbed contaminants into the clear coat and may damage labels and decals. 

Gloss Clear Coat Finish Care
The clear coat finish system used on all Indian Motorcycle models provides superior protection against the elements. To maximize the benefits of this system, use the following guide to care for the gloss finish on your motorcycle.

  • During the first 30 days, when the finish is still fresh, clean the motorcycle with a water rinse only.
  • Do not wax the motorcycle for the first 60 days. Doing so can cause loss of the gloss. After 60 days, use only waxes designed for new clear coat finishes.
  • Do not use pressurized water to wash the motorcycle. When paint is still fresh, pressurized water could damage the finish. If using a pressure washer is unavoidable, keep the spray nozzle at least 24 inches (60 cm) away from the surface of the motorcycle.
  • Wash your motorcycle often, especially when exposed to salty, dusty, acidic or alkaline environments.
  • Use warm or cool water and a soft cloth for cleaning.
  • Use soaps that are non-abrasive and have a neutral Ph (non-acidic/non-alkaline detergents).
  • Do not use solvent-based solutions.
  • Do not use a dry cloth to remove dust.
  • Do not use a stiff bristle brush, which can scratch the surface.
  • Do not wash with extremely hot water.
  • Do not wash the motorcycle while the surface is hot. Avoid washing the motorcycle in the hot sun. Minerals in the water may be difficult to remove once dried on the surface of the motorcycle.
  • Do not allow spilled gasoline, motor oil or brake fluid to stand on the paint. Remove these substances immediately by rinsing with water. Use a soft cloth to absorb any remaining residue and dab dry.
  • To remove bug remnants or road tar, use only products that are specifically designed for this purpose. Follow the product manufacturer’s recommendations to prevent potential damage to the finish. Follow with a wash using the methods described in this article.
  • Always brush away any ice or snow. Do not scrape off.
  • Chips or scratches should be repaired promptly to prevent corrosion.

Polishing Your Motorcycle
Once your motorcycle is clean, you can use the Indian Motorcycle Spray Wax and Protectant to produce a durable, high-gloss shine. This product can be used on both wet and dry surfaces. 

The protectant is part number 2863896 for 16 oz. and part number 2863903 for one gallon. 

Infotainment Touchscreen Care
We recommend using a gentle detergent and water to clean your touchscreen. Wash and dry with a lint-free cloth.

Follow these guidelines when cleaning your touchscreen display: 

  • Do not expose to brake fluid.
  • Do not expose to gasoline.
  • Do not expose to DEET.

More Maintenance Products

White Wall & Wheel Cleaner, 1 gallon - part number 2863902
White Wall & Wheel Cleaner, 16 oz. - part number 2863895

No Rinse Wash & Shine, 1 gallon - part number 2863899
No Rinse Wash & Shine, 16 oz. - part number 2863892

For more information, see your authorized Indian Motorcycle Dealer. Find a dealer near you with the Dealer Locator.
Maintenance tips, procedures and specifications can be found in your Owner's Manual.
To shop cleaning and maintenance products, visit the Garage and Vehicle Care page
To find diagrams and replacement part numbers, use the online parts catalog.