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By James - 5/4/2005

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I was listening to CarTalk this weekend and a woman called in about the amount of time is OK to leave bird poop on the car paint. This subject hit close to home for me since I park my bike under a tree and because this morning I went out and saw three direct hits on my tank.

The car talk guys basically said that you should clean it off once you have a chance. If you have to worry about it every 5 minutes then you are too obsessed with your car. As bikers we have a little more attachment to our vehicles. Unless you ride a rat bike, we all care about looks about as much as the functionality of the bike. A blemish on our motorcycle is a blemish on our image. Nobody wants to ride an ugly bike. So we usually pamper our motorcycles a little more than most car owners.

A few months ago I let a big turd (could be squirrel or bird) sit on my bike for about 4 days. It bothered me the whole time but I was so busy that a good washing was out of the question. Once I eventually washed it off and then waxed it I could still see the inconsitancies in my clearcoat where the impact was. I don’t know much about the chemistry of avian defacation but I guess it eats away at the paint. On a single color paint it is harder to see where the poop eats away at the paint but on a custom paint job you can see it easier as the light shines differently off of the different colors. Luckily after another wash and wax or two I couldn’t tell it was ever there.

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    I’m glad the ‘blemish’ was washed out. My wife and son make fun for the amount of times I have washed my bike. I have washed a truck that I have now owned for 6 months only once, I never washed the windows to the house I have owned for 2 years…. but the bike is washed with frequent regularity. I have no real good reason - other than I know it looks so much better with the chrome clean, and I feel so much better on it when she shines…

    I clean bird poop off immediately if possible… I rarely wait pass 24 hours with the bike…. a car or truck - a week. If I was you I would get a fake owl to hang in the tree and scare the birds away, or a pellet gun and a good rotisserie for the grill :)

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    Chuck (In The Scene) — 5/10/2005 @ 11:59 am

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