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S100 Cycle Care Kit

Don’t bother assembling a cleaning kit. S100, the finish fanatics from Germany, already have. S100’s Cycle Care Kit contains everything you need for a clean bike except elbow grease, and their products promise to keep the need for that commodity to a minimum. The $54.95 package includes a bottle of cycle cleaner, a sponge, a drying towel and a tube of finish restorer, as well as a can each of corrosion protectant and detailer, all contained in a handy carrying case.

www.s100.com


Liquid Wrench 6-Pack

With this convenient 6-pack from Liquid Wrench you can equip your garage, shop or toolbox with all the essential aerosols with one swipe of your debit card. For $15 you get a 5.5-ounce can of lubricating oil, penetrating oil, silicone spray, dry lubricant, chain lubricant and white lithium grease. That’s enough variations of slippery to tend to any stiff pivot, stuck fastener or squeaky fairing panel on your bike. The chain lube isn’t formulated as O-ring safe, but it works great for lubricating control cables.

www.lowes.com


Fuel Filtering Funnel

The Mr. Funnel fuel filter funnel may have an unimaginative name, but it serves an indispensible function. Mr. Funnel contains a Teflon-coated stainless steel filter element that removes all manner of contaminates, including water molecules. Pouring fuel from a gas can through the filter insures only clean gasoline goes into your tank. Mr. Funnels are available in three sizes, starting at $22.98.

www.shurhold.com


Nikwax Waterproofing

Just because your gloves or boots weren’t designed to be waterproof doesn’t mean they can’t keep you dry in the rain. Nikwax’s waterproofing lotion coats textile and leather fibers with hydrophobic elastomers to create a flexible waterproof coating. The 4-ounce bottle is just $8 and has a foam tip for easy application.

www.aerostich.com


Eagle One Detailer

We haven’t done any testing to confirm it, but it sure feels like a clean bike runs better than a dirty one. Ok, maybe it’s just our imagination, but few products give as lustrous a shine (and perceived performance boost) as Eagle One’s Wax As-U-Dry detailer. Spray it on post-wash and then wipe your bike dry with a towel to produce a seriously deep shine. Wax As-U-Dry is formulated with carnauba wax and anti-corrosive agents to keep your finish looking great and is available in 22.2-ounce bottles for $6.49.

www.eagleone.com


Biodegradable Air Filter Cleaner And Oil

Motor oil is great at trapping dirt in foam air filters, but rinsing it out requires volatile solvents that have to be disposed of properly. With Yamalube’s biodegradable air filter oil and cleaner, you can wash and re-oil your foam filter on site with water and pour the effluence on the ground without harming the environment. The $15.79 air filter care kit contains enough material for a dozen cleanings, available at your local Yamaha dealership.

www.yamaha-motor.com

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