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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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A dirty bike is a bad thing, but I never wash with a hose because water under pressure can penetrate where it shouldn't be so I only spot clean with windex or mild soap. I would not wash a hot or warm bike. It just doesn't make good sense. There are many good cleaners out there that don't require hosing down with water. 8)
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