There has been no short supply in sunshine this past weekend here in Israel. Today hit 27° C here in Rehovot and it has been a day full of smooth rides. Spring is already upon us it seems, and the country is beginning to bloom. Yesterday we made a little adventure to see this Spring in action:
For further information about the Anemone flower,
Did I mention that this past January set a new record for days with rain in several years? It rained a total of 29 out of the 31 days.
Thus the scooter had been in need of a good cleaning,
Tips for washing your scooter,
- You’ll need a garden hose, bucket of (soap) water, and a sponge/ microfiber towel.
- About the soap: If you choose to use a soap, use one meant for auto finishes. Don’t use a household soap/detergent. “Dishwashing detergent is meant to remove everything from the surface. That includes stripping the polymers off the paint surface… The effect is similar to what dishwashing soap does to your hands. Too much will dry the skin. On the surface of a car, the same thing occurs; dishwashing soap actually accelerates the oxidation process when used regularly.”
- The Honda Spray Cleaner and Polish seems to be the most popular with the Vespa crowd.
- Don’t ever use any kind of high pressure hose to spray your scooter!
- The goal is not to let any water get inside the body frame to avoid future rusting.
- Try to wash in a shaded area to prevent water spots. (Do not wash the Vespa in the Sun-especially in warm weather when the bodywork heats up. In these conditions the detergent will dry before the bodywork can be rinsed off. this can damage the paintwork.)
- Wax it about every 3 months. Be sure to do a complete wash of the scooter before the wax job.
- Start at the top front and work down and back. Leave the foot area and wheels for the end.
Also a random FYI, do not cover a hot Vespa. It creates condensation everywhere and eventually leads to possible corrosion and rust.
Take care of your Vespa, and it will take care of you!
Happy riding, folks.