Ride More, Wash Less With These Waterless Cleaning Sprays

Three ways to spend less time washing your motorcycle and more time riding it.

Because they’re so acidic, bug guts are particularly pernicious to a motorcycle’s finish. So it’s important to wipe off the remains before they have time to do any damage. There’s nothing like a good hose-down to really get your bike clean, but who has the time to do it as often as summer’s peak bug season demands? To keep your motorcycle looking its best between washes, turn to quick and easy waterless cleaners. Plus, you can use the old excuse, “I need to clean the bugs off my bike,” to justify shuffling off to the garage to ogle your pride and joy.

Muc-Off High-Performance Waterless Wash

Muc-Off High-Performance Waterless Wash
Muc-Off’s waterless wash was developed to clean and polish in a single step.Amazon

Muc-Off, the UK-based brand that sponsors Isle of Man TT racer James Hillier, is known for a host of motorcycle products, from chain lube to helmet face-shield cleaner. We’ve been using its waterless wash for some time. It does a great job of cleaning dead bugs off fairings and leaves a streak-free shine. And it kind of smells good too.

S100 Special Surfaces Cleaner

S100 Special Surfaces Cleaner
Available in a non-aerosol 10.1.-ounce bottle, S100 Special Surfaces Cleaner is a nice size to take along on a long-distance trip and stash in a tank bag or saddlebag.Amazon

S100’s line of motorcycle-cleaning products are so popular that the brand’s name has practically become a proprietary eponym, like Kleenex. Some of us have even exclaimed on our way out the door, “I’m running to the dealership to pick up some S100,” when we’re really after any quality polish the store may stock. S100’s Special Surfaces Cleaner is a waterless cleaning product that’s safe on easy-to-scratch polycarbonate and acrylic surfaces, like face shields, gauges, and windshields.

3D Waterless Car Wash

3D Waterless Car Wash
3D wash is also available in a 16-ounce bottle, but we like the cost savings of purchasing a gallon jug.Amazon

3D’s Waterless Car Wash is available in a 1-gallon jug, which represents a heck of a lot of “washes.” Pick up an empty spray bottle from your local auto-parts store for easy application, and you’ll be on your way. 3D’s formula is said to be biodegradable and free of harmful chemicals. It’s also made in the USA so you can feel especially good about having a clean motorcycle.