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    Washing question: F800 seat

    Seat on my new F800ST appears to be a vinyl material. So...when I wash the bike, it's OK to wash the seat, too...right? What about long term preservation...any treatment needed? I can't imagine putting anything on the seat that might cause it to become slick...

    All info appreciated...thanks, all.

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    Made to get wet, it's OK.
    Leather preservative if you don't like the slippery/shiny.
    Don't buff it, ride it!
    Enjoy.

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    There's your first problem. You don't wash it, you ride it. Seriously, I don't think washing your seat will hurt it. It is designed to be out in the weather. I have never done anything to my BMW seats other than wash them with the same soap I'm washing the bike with. I'm not sure what that material is, but it is not leather.

    Glad you brought this up though, because I just sent my seats off the Rick Mayer to be redone - in leather. So I will now have to care for them a little differently. And I hadn't thought of that until just now.

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    Thanks. Washed it with car wash soap...same as used on the bike. Did wonder if some water might soak through into the cushion material underneath. Might want to limit how much water I use, to prevent any problems with the cushioning material. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyrider View Post
    Did wonder if some water might soak through into the cushion material underneath. Might want to limit how much water I use, to prevent any problems with the cushioning material. Thoughts?
    I don't remember any seams on the top of a ST seat, so water getting to the foam will not be a problem.
    Back in the 80s I had a Russel Day Long seat with a lot of stitching on topside and water would soak into the foam. With that seat I had to use a seat cover when riding in the rain or washing the bike.
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    No...no seams on the ST seat. Thanks for the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyrider View Post
    Thanks. Washed it with car wash soap...same as used on the bike.
    Thought: dont' wash your bike OR your car with "car soap."

    Water is plenty fine, especially if painted parts are waxed ... as they should be.

    Wash anything painted with a soft-bristle brush, i.e. don't rub the dirt into the paint, making your cloth or similar just like sandpaper.
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    I had a fair amount of heavy rain (and some snow) fall on mine. It never hurt it. But the climate is very dry here. Washing shouldn't hurt it at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Thought: dont' wash your bike OR your car with "car soap."

    Water is plenty fine, especially if painted parts are waxed ... as they should be.

    Wash anything painted with a soft-bristle brush, i.e. don't rub the dirt into the paint, making your cloth or similar just like sandpaper.
    Why not with soap?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Thought: dont' wash your bike OR your car with "car soap."

    Water is plenty fine, especially if painted parts are waxed ... as they should be.

    Wash anything painted with a soft-bristle brush, i.e. don't rub the dirt into the paint, making your cloth or similar just like sandpaper.
    If I go for a day ride and just want to get the bugs off the front of the bike, I'll use a soft bristle finish brush while running water over the fairing.
    If the bike is really dirty, like it would be from riding in the rain all day on dirty roads, I want car wash soap to help lift the dirt and also slick thing up so the dirt does not scratch the paint.

    Flyrider, make sure you use car wash soap if you like to wax your bike. Dish soap will remove the wax.
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