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let bike cool down before washing???

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Can you mess anything up by washing a bike that's up to temp? If I’ve been out riding I usually try to let the engine cool off for about 30 minutes before I wash it...sometimes I'll throw a shop fan on it to speed things up. Last time I washed mine there was steam coming off the cases and exhaust pretty good when I started spraying it down. I don't wanna crack the case or anything like that.
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I run my bike just long enough to get to where I wash it - about 30 secs. If the bike is really dirty I let it cool completely down and spray it down with S100, after about 10 min hose it down. After that I use a soft bristle brush using Dawn dish detergent then hose off again, then use a air hose to blow off most of the water then wipe down with micro fiber clothes - if the bike is not real dirty I use a waterless cleaner or windex. Spraying water on the bike from a regular water hose will not hurt it, just don't spray directly into the intake - eveything on the bike is sealed so if nothing is coming out nothing should get in.
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