Cleaning the bike.
One of issues that really annoys me is having a clean bike. Maybe I have OCD but I am constantly making sure my bike is up to showroom standard. Even on the trips I tend to visit the nearest garage close to our overnight stay and give it a quick spray over with the jet washer. Something that I have learnt recently is to buy a good cleaner. There are many brands on the market - MucOff is one of the most common - but recently I discovered SDC100 Motorcycle gel. This is a thick green/yellow gel that you apply to your bike and let it soak in for about 1/2 hour. Rinse away and it takes 95% of the dirt with it. For stubborn dirt or stains such as flies give it a gentle rub with a sponge or soft brush. For me this really is excellent stuff but its not cheap. For a litre bottle its about EURO 12.00. Link to buy SDC100 in bulk is here
I've been always a bit septic about these. Do they have the right protection? Totally useless if it rains and what about protection? Recently during my trip to Southern California in 40 degrees of heat in the desert I really did feel as though I could have been better off with a pair of quality jeans. So I started my research and one name kept coming back up: Rokker.
Rokker is a Swiss company that specialises in motorcycle jeans that are protective and waterproof and probably the best money can buy. They are by no means cheap, at just under EURO 500 a pair you'll understand what I mean. I have taken the plunge and gone for it. Don't underestimate what you are getting; breathable fibre, 100% waterproof, - yes 100%, just like my Rukkan ArmaS trousers. You get this strange feeling of being cool in the warm weather but when it gets cold they seem to retain heat. I am no expert but have a look at the video below and make up your own mind!
Top notch these jeans!