LustreLab LXR Motorcycle Wash
We're nearing springtime here in the northern
hemisphere, and that means that motorcycles will come
out of storage to get cleaned and prepped for another
We've been using a truckload of
motorcycle wash, polish and cleaner products over the
last few months, and we'll be reporting on them with a
series of short reviews over the next several weeks.
But the first thing that many owners will do is to
wash their motorcycle to clean off the dust collected
during a winter's hibernation.
Bugs are attracted to motorcycles like iron dust to a
magnet, so a good motorcycle wash product is useful all
season long. I resent having to spend time washing
and cleaning my bike, but it's an unfortunate necessity
because the bugs, grit and grime just have to go.
I dislike a dirty ride more than I dislike washing it,
so anything that can make the job easier is alright by
The LustreLab "Acrylionic" motorcycle wash
products are proclaimed as a "5 in 1" solution: a
motorcycle wash, wax, wheel cleaner and degreaser and
polish (that is five, no?). The manufacturer
claims that LustreLab TBC (in the spray bottle in the photo) is a wash
and a polish, with a "unique ability to clean, degrease and shine
multiple surfaces including: stainless steel, rubber,
vinyl, glass, aluminum, plexi-glass (sic), fiber-glass
We've tried many products that claim to be an "all in
one" wash/polish, which I guess means that there are
lots of other motorcycle owners out there who dislike
washing a bike as much as I do. Unfortunately, not
many of them actually work as claimed.
We tried the LustreLab LXR car wash and the LustreLab
TBC spray cleaner (TBC = "Total Bike Care") on several
different motorcycles. The directions call for 4
oz. to be mixed in a pail with water and used like any
other soap-type car wash.
The directions for the LustreLab TBC spray instruct
the user to wet the motorcycle with water, then spray
the solution on the dirty surfaces. It is
recommended that a sponge or wash mitt is used to remove
the dirt, grime and bugs.
LustreLab claims that their "Acrylionic" chemistry
"safely clean and shine all surfaces but also applies a
protective acrylic coating which helps repel dirt, bugs
and grime. This protective coating is better than wax."
The manufacturer also claims that the TBC spray product
"removes dirt embedded in the divots and cracks of your
bikes surfaces and replaces it with a clear protective
acrylic coating...It also helps eliminate water spotting
caused by dirt accumulation that is trapped in water
beads resulting from traditional waxed surfaces".
We used the products as we always do, explicitly
following the directions. The LustreLab LXR car
wash mixes well with water, and it works just like you'd
expect a car wash to work. It has a slightly
slippery feeling, and it does seem to work well at
removing bug residue, but we did notice more streaking
than other car wash solutions we've tried, despite the
manufacturer's claims that the product reduces streaking
We also tried it on motorcycle wheels, seats, engines
and just about every surface. It's hard to
determine if the product is better or worse than its
competitors -- the bottom line is that it works like a
car wash, as expected.
We also used the LustreLab TBC spray to wash several
motorcycles that had various coverings of road grime and
bugs. The user is directed to first
wet down the bike and then spray on the TBC product,
then proceed to wash the motorcycle with a sponge or
mitt. It's slightly difficult to pump the
sprayer on the TBC bottle, as each pump squirts only a
small amount of the solution. We found that our
hands would cramp by time we finished spraying the
entire motorcycle. Our opinion is that the TBC
spray works about the same as the LXR car wash solution.
We can't verify the manufacturer's claim that the TBC
product "applies a protective acrylic coating which
helps repel dirt, bugs and grime". We haven't
noticed any apparent difference in the amount of grime or bug
residue after riding the motorcycles and using the
products. The LustreLab
website has a statement that reads "never wax your car again", but we
honestly don't think the results are dramatic enough
that one would never have to wax or polish a motorcycle
after using either of the products.
The LustreLab website lists various studies or claims
regarding the effectiveness of their wash products, so
we'll leave it up to you to determine their efficacy.
LustreLab offers a 30 day guarantee, which helps reduce the
risk. The products are relatively expensive,
especially when compared to "over the counter" car or
motorcycle wash solutions.
It's nearly impossible to take before/after photos of
motorcycle wash, wax, polish or cleaning products that
display any type of meaningful comparison with the
limitations of computer monitor screen resolution.
Nevertheless, we took a couple of before/after photos
for the record:
|Triumph engine, before.
||Trimph engine, after
washing with LXR and TBC.
|Close up of Triumph
engine casing before.
||Close up of Triumph
engine casing after.
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Review: LustreLab LXR & TBC
Retail Price: LXR Wash - $19.95 + $6.95 S/H. TBC =
$10.95 + 4$.95 S/H.
Comments: Motorcycle wash products. Hard to tell
the difference between these products and other car/motorcycle wash
solutions. Relatively expensive.