MCN Fleet: Keeping the V-Strom clean - a dirty task!

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After a week’s heavy use, I resisted the urge to take the V-Strom out in the glorious weather yesterday and instead spent the afternoon giving it a quick freshen up.

It’s a bike that looks stunning freshly cleaned in the way the bright yellow paintwork glistens in the sun, but keeping it clean is quite a task. Of course, that glistening yellow is the biggest problem. It might look great once you’ve cleaned it but with it being so bright the smallest bit of dirt is glaringly obvious.

The plastic around the dash and the front of the bike cleans well with Muc-Off’s Motorcycle cleaner, but I struggle to keep the plastic engine guard clean, even after a wash it can look dirty and while some adventure bikes look quite cool with the bottom of the bike a bit dirty, the V-Strom isn’t one of them.


The other issue with cleaning the V-Strom is those lovely spoked wheels. While they’re one of my favourite things about the bike, they are an absolute bitch to clean and then keep clean. Dirt shows up easily on the gold, but they’re easily wiped down, but the spokes on the other hand are a completely different story!    

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing