A well-kept machine is always a pleasure to ride just as one which is neglected and uncared for is very often unpleasant to use and more likely to let down the rider. In the course of regular cleaning, small matters needing attention are noticed and can be dealt with in good time and in the reasonable comfort of the garage instead of at the roadside.
The engine and gearbox are best cleaned off by brushing down with paraffin, and finishing off with petrol, which will dry off readily.
The enamelled parts must not be dry cleaned by brushing or wiping off dried mud. This treatment dulls the enamel and wears it off. Soak off mud and dirt with plenty of water from a sponge or soft cloth. If a hose is used do not use a jet. This will be harmful as it will force water and grit into parts such as the brakes, magneto, dynamo, and carburetter. Use only a slow trickle of water. If a bucket is used a little household detergent washing powder (" Surf " or similar brand) will help remove grease and oil from the surfaces to be cleaned.
Dry off with a chamois leather and finish off with a good polish such as " Chemico 49." (Makers : County Chemical Co., Ltd., 561, Stratford Road, Shirley, near Birmingham).
Plated parts may be cleaned with a damp leather, and during the winter protected by wiping over with a little " Tekall." (Makers : 20th Century Finishes, Ltd., 175-177, Kirkgate, Wakefield).
In some climatic conditions a deposit resembling rust may be seen on plated ferrous parts. This is a salt deposit, not rust, and can be removed readily with a chrome cleaner such as " Electro." (Maker : Jackson Brown, Meadow View, Winsor, Woodlands, Southampton). Do not neglect these deposits otherwise deterioration will progress rapidly. Do not in any circumstances use ordinary metal polish on chromium plate.