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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 too rarely use a water hose. The only time I spray water on the bike is when it is really dirty. I want to get the larger particles off the bike so as not to scratch it when wiping down with a damp cloth. Oh, of you have to ask about washing while hot then you've answered your own question. No point in chancing it.
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