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    Windshield Care

    Shortly after I bought my bike I realized that I needed something to clean the windshield. I had seen various sprays and cleaners at the bike shop and questioned why Plexus was so expensive...$25 for a 13 oz. can. Their response was "It's good stuff". After using it for a season I think that was an understatement as I think it's GREAT stuff. Does a wonderful job cleaning protecting and removing static. I use it sparingly but on an almost daily basis and I still have half the can left. Just passing along my experience.

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    Use Lemon Pledge. You get about the same results for a far cheaper price. Be sure it is Lemon.
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    I use Plexus as well and wouldn't think of using anything else. I use it to wipe bugs off the face shield after every ride and they still look like new when time comes to replace the helmet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osbornk View Post
    Use Lemon Pledge. You get about the same results for a far cheaper price. Be sure it is Lemon.
    Same here.

    I bought a can of Plexus once. It is good, but it isn't anything special, and certainly not at that price.

    I use professional ultra-fine polish and my buffer when it comes time to turn my windshield into a new one again.

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    I'm also a fan of plexus for cleaning my windshield when on the road. It comes in small, convenient bottles.
    I had never tried it on my helmet visor, but after reading about these comments, I 'm going to try it.
    Rob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROBERTSI View Post
    I'm also a fan of plexus for cleaning my windshield when on the road. It comes in small, convenient bottles.
    I had never tried it on my helmet visor, but after reading about these comments, I 'm going to try it.
    Rob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GlobalRider View Post
    Same here.

    I bought a can of Plexus once. It is good, but it isn't anything special, and certainly not at that price.

    I use professional ultra-fine polish and my buffer when it comes time to turn my windshield into a new one again.
    I've sampled some 'backyard brews' when it comes to cleaners, but always went back to Plexus. Now, it's all I buy.

    Price can be very appealing from a volume dealer, as the quantities they order are often reflected in the cost to you.

    Just got back from 4 days of riding around the scenic mountains of Colorado with my son, including making it up past the timeberline to 12,600 ft. on Pike's Peak before snow and high winds made for a prudent decision to turn back. Stopped in at a MEGA-dealer just south of Denver on Arapahoe Road - by mega I mean 350+ NEW motorcycles on display - kid you not. Had to get my son's rear tire replaced (ran over something at 75 MPH on I-25 - pretty rapid deflation - he got over to the shoulder safely though - I plugged the leak but he opted for a new tire - got a PR III - nice rubber!) at this Honda/Ducati/KTM/Kawasaki dealer - Fay something?

    Plexus and the protective chemical '303' are both usually expensive items at smaller businesses. Not here - both cheap - he stocked up.

    Since I flew out there (rented from Denver EagleRider), I opted not to buy Plexus in bulk, as I didn't want to piss off the TSA. They were already annoyed in Milwaukee by my helmet bag - searched twice - told it resembled a pressure cooker in dimension - really - really?!).

    Try to buy Plexus at big motorcycle dealers - price could be better. Home-made concoctions not in the same league - just frugal imitations unlikely to show up at the US Patent Office.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenwald View Post
    Home-made concoctions not in the same league.
    Lemon Pledge isn't exactly "home made".

    I've used both and the difference isn't worth talking about...if there even is one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlobalRider View Post
    Lemon Pledge isn't exactly "home made".

    I've used both and the difference isn't worth talking about...if there even is one.
    Glad the Pledge works for you. Not 'dissing' your choice.

    Just wanted to inform that Plexus can be had for a lot less than normally charged, if you can find a big enough dealer.

    May our shields be forever clear and the wind always at our back!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ralwhite View Post
    Shortly after I bought my bike I realized that I needed something to clean the windshield. I had seen various sprays and cleaners at the bike shop and questioned why Plexus was so expensive...$25 for a 13 oz. can. Their response was "It's good stuff". After using it for a season I think that was an understatement as I think it's GREAT stuff. Does a wonderful job cleaning protecting and removing static. I use it sparingly but on an almost daily basis and I still have half the can left. Just passing along my experience.


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    Only stuff that will ever touch my faceshields and windshields!
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    Thumbs up Another opinion

    The least expensive and from my point of view the best: 50/50 water and hydrogen peroxide from a small spray bottle (about 6 oz) that packs neatly. Hydrogen peroxide attacks the protein which essentially bugs are, and almost dissolves them immediately. Wipe off with a soft cloth and you're good to go.
    I also spray the front cowl and front of side cases if they are bugged up.

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    I've used the Plexus, hydro peroxide and Lemon Pledge.

    I carry the Plexus because I cannot find a travel sized can of Pledge. Lemon Pledge is the only thing we use on the aircraft plexi.
    Too damn many bikes to list

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    Same here.
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    $$ vs., old school:)

    Plexus is an overpriced gimmick and ya'll can buy it if you have $$ to waste, imo! Its a fine product in a fine package alright, just you've bought an advertising/tall story. I use a very soft diaper with hot water when available. Lemon Pledge is so OLD an idea, I am shocked everyone has not heard this one already and its a FINE solution for windscreens, eye glasses, etc., found everywhere we shop. I too a pilot. Another a favorite of mine is "Honda Cleaner/Wax" in a spray can is equal to ALL the high priced options, hands down. 5$ usually buys the Honda product. I am not such a frugal spender, just know what works with age and years behind me. I have had(still have) friends my equal still buying all the pricey Plexus and the like, I just smile. I'll buy lunch and shine for the same $$$ spent. Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralwhite View Post
    Shortly after I bought my bike I realized that I needed something to clean the windshield.
    I've only ever used water and a soft cloth on my windscreens and helmet visors. Cheap and available pretty much everywhere.

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