A big problem for most of motorcycle riders is a layer of dead bugs that builds up on every frontal surface. This bug buildup depends on how well your motorcycle wind protection is. The better the fairings are at their job, the less bug cadavers you’ll have to scrape off of your helmet and suit. It is easy to conclude then, that riders who will look the most like an all-you-can-eat insectivore buffet are the ones that ride naked motorcycles, such as Ducati Monster. Since there probably aren’t many motorcycle riders out there that have extensive knowledge in leather upkeeping, it becomes a problem to clean that very expensive leather gear. What is the best way to remove that extra protein layer of your body?
Some leather experts say that only the plain ol’ warm water is enough. Because, as they say, leather loses its moisture over time, it is a good thing to take a moistened cloth and to gently go over your leather gear from time to time. The same principle should be used when removing splattered bugs – take a moistened cloth and gently rub the leather until bugs are gone. It is unwise to use soap when removing insect remains because it might damage the leather. You should always rub the leather gently, as you are actually removing leather dye also. That means that stronger you rub, more leather is being scraped off. Some experts say not even to use any leather care product afterwards. This sounds a bit extreme because some experts will contradict that. Because of the harsh conditions motorcycle leathers have to go through, it might be a good idea to apply some sort of surface protection. A product containing beeswax should be a good pick because beeswax helps waterproofing and windproofing. It also replaces natural oils of the leather. In short, use a cloth moistened in warm water, gently rub, let it dry, apply some beeswax leather care product.
One other part of motorcycling gear that catches bugs more efficiently than a dozen of starving bats is, of course, a helmet. But, cleaning a helmet is a fairly easy job. Using some windex will free your helmet of these flying pests and also make it shine. The only thing you should be careful about is, when cleaning the helmet’s visor, not to damage the anti fogging foil lined on the inner part of the visor.
If you’re using your motorcycle frequently, it might get tiring cleaning your gear after every ride. Of course you shouldn’t do it that often, but it isn’t a good idea to leave the bugs on your gear for a long time either. Hardened bug stains are tougher to clean, and they might leave permanent stains on your gear. A jacket you can see on the pictures has been left for a long time before cleaning. The end result is a few stains that won’t come off without some professional care.
One other reason for getting rid of all those bug corpses as soon as possible is that you could find your gear full of small chalk outlines …if CSI Insecta finds out about the bloodshed.