S100 Total Cycle Cleaner
before washing with S100 Total Cycle
after washing with S100 Total Cycle Cleaner.
From "D.B.": "I have
been using this product for the last
couple of months now and i would like to
add a few comments regarding this
product and your take on these types of
products in general.
I believe that you wrote that you don't
find this product and others like it to
be particularly useful. I agree
with you that, for the most part, you
can always do a better job with a bucket
and a wash mitt. And certainly
even the highest quality car/motorcycle
wash soaps are MUCH less expensive per
use than products like S100 Total Cycle
Cleaner. But, overall, I have
found S100 Total Cycle Cleaner to be a
VERY useful product.
Why do I like it? Well, I have
found that this product STRONGLY
enhances my ability to clean my bike in
Firstly, S100 DOES do a pretty good job
of cleaning my bike. I would say
that it does almost as good of a job as
the regular method. One can clean
one's bike rather quickly in places that
you just don't have access to a bucket
and sponge, etc. When on a trip,
just about any hotel/motel will lend you
their hose to clean your bike.
So carrying a small bottle on a road
trip will allow you to continually clean
your bike without a bucket, etc.
If you don't rinse the product off both
quickly and thoroughly, you will get
some spotting. However this is
also true of most car wash solutions
anyway. Hand drying the bike with a
chamois or microfiber towel will also
take care of any spotting.
However, where this product really
"shines", is that it can GREATLY speed
up how long it takes me to wash my bike
AND help me do an even better job than I
could without it. It does this by
easily cleaning parts and places that I
either can't clean at all, because I
just can't get my hand or an implement
in there, or by very quickly cleaning
many parts of the bike that I can clean
but would be VERY time consuming.
A perfect example of both if lies in
the spoke wheels of my VTX1300S.
For the most part cleaning these wheels
can be done by hand, but it is not a
pleasant job and quite frankly I can
think of better ways I'd rather spend my
Sunday afternoons (like riding for
example). As well, the hubs of all
spoke wheels are very hard to clean and
there are certain places on my VTX
wheels, like the back of the rear rotor,
that are almost impossible to clean.
S100 Total Cycle Cleaner cleans the
wheels, hubs, rotors, etc. both with a
minimum of time and effort but still
does a very, very good job. There
are many other places on my bike that
are nearly impossible to clean properly
by hand that Total Cycle Cleaner cleans
also cleans easily and quickly.
So, in conclusion, I would say that S100
Total Cycle Cleaner is a very useful
product to have in your wash kit.
My recommendation would be to first use
Total Cycle Cleaner on the parts of your
bike that are hard to clean by hand or
that anywhere else you feel this product
would be beneficial, and then go on to
rinse, wash, rinse, and dry your bike in
the normal fashion.
Using this product this way would
also help keep its cost per use down to
reasonable levels as you may find that
you don't really get too many washes
from a $10 bottle if you use it to wash
the entire bike.
Additional note: Recently, I have only
been able to find this product in a
non-aerosol pump container, not the
aerosol container that was originally
reviewed. It does not come out
foamy like the aerosol, but comes out as
a liquid instead. However, I have
found that the pump container does not
have a good nozzle and is not capable of
applying the product in a fine mist as
recommended by the manufacturer.
Instead, the product is dispensed rather
As a result, I have found that you
can now expect at best only 5 or 6
washes per bottle when washing the
entire bike. This, of course,
makes this product ridiculously
expensive. Hopefully S100 is aware
of this and will address this issue in
the very near future."
|S100 Total Cycle Cleaner for Motorcycles
||Retail Price: $9.95
|Type: Aerosol can, 21 oz. (595 ml)
||Made In: Germany
|Category: Motorcycle wash
Claims - "Clean your bike faster than
ever." "...modern detergent technology...
For Use On - Paint, chrome, stainless, aluminum, plastics,
rubber, bearings, O-rings (O-rings? - Ed.).
Claimed Features -
Removes film, oil smear, brake dust and insects.
Contains corrosion inhibitors. Biodegradable.
- Spray on
cool surface, rinse quickly with high-pressure stream of
water until "squeaky clean".
S100 Cycle Care Products is not affiliated with the S100
brand owned by
O.K. Wack Chemie GmbH
We seem to take more heat about products we don't like than for products we
do, which is exactly the opposite of what we assumed when we started
reviewing motorcycle products about 4 years ago.
Believe me, we don't make
this stuff up just to get on people's nerves. We tell it the way we
see it, after using a product as directed over several trials. In the
end, it's better to take some heat and to tell the truth. You won't
find a more detailed set of motorcycle product reviews on the Internet or
anywhere else, and that's why webBikeWorld visitors keep coming back.
So here goes...
We're just not big fans of these "quick wash" products, whether they come
in a spray bottle or aerosol. They're expensive and none of them, in
our opinion, work as well as the much cheaper old standby - a bucket o'
Heavy dirt and grime need physical action for removal. This should
be done with either a clean terry cloth towel or a sheepskin (faux or
otherwise) wash mitt on a thoroughly wetted motorcycle.
Spending 10 bucks on a spray can seems extravagant. We're not sure
what it really saves. Sure, it does an OK job, as do some of the other
motorcycle quick wash products, but compared to what? Spray some soap
on a motorcycle and hose it down and chances are it's going to look better
than it did before. But what does that prove?
S100 cautions that the motorcycle must be cool, and the S100 Total Cycle
Cleaner spray must be hosed off immediately with a high pressure spray.
So if you have to drag out a hose anyway, what's the big deal about throwing
a capful of soap in a bucket?
I can buy nearly a lifetime supply of liquid car wash soap for $10.00.
We average about 45 grams of S100 Total Cycle Cleaner for each motorcycle
wash. That yields about 12 to 14 washes at somewhere around $0.70 each
on the low side.
The S100 Total Cycle Cleaner comes out in a powerful foamy spray that
blasts all over everything. Lots of foamy spray "dust" in the air, so
don't use it on a windy day. It immediately starts to "disintegrate"
on the surface, and must be hosed off or it will leave streaks.
S100 says to make sure the bike is rinsed thoroughly, until it's
"squeaky" to the touch. I'm not sure if it's the polish we use, but it
never felt squeaky clean to us on any of the 4 different motorcycles we
washed with it.
Our advice: save $10.00 and use a hose, water, liquid car wash and a
sheepskin wash mitt for the best motorcycle wash around.
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