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recently purchased a left-over (new) 2003 vtx 1800c. i was suprised when i looked through the owners manual & found a 600 mile interval for maintenance, but it was blank. first oil & filter change not due until 4000 miles? Etc.? the 1300vtx (2004) that i traded in for this bike had it's first oil change, valve adjustment, etc. due at 600 miles. also, which solutions are best for keeping my bike clean? sprays , wax, degreasers, other cleaners? what works best for bug splatter? Any advice is much appreciated. THANKS
 

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Yes, there is no 600 mile service for the 18. But we suggest a change of oil&filter plus a once over on all the fasteners just for peace of mind.

Cleaning is any good auto wash(NO DISH SOAP!!) and a good wax, I use Zaino Brothers. Dried bug guts, very warm water on a towel and let that towel sit on the guts for a minute to loosen the guts up before. Do not try to scrub them off, some guts will scratch the paint. 8)
http://www.zainostore.com/Merchant2/mer ... Code=Zaino
 

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My '96 GPz 1100 looked like it was right off the showroom when I sold it for above top dollar last month. That was 8 seasons and almost 9 years old. I washed it the same way since it was new. Now, that bike had a lot of plastic, so perhaps my method may need to change because now we are talking chrome and a much more refined motorcycle.
Here is my method (I hope it's still valid): with the bike cold, I liberally (it's the only thing liberal I believe in) spray unconcentrated Simple Green all over. Between 1/4 and 1/3 of a 40 oz. bottle I suppose. Immediately mist the whole bike with water, then rinse with lots of water from a garden hose (not high pressure). Then dry with a couple of bath towels. Of course, you'll need to do Chi-Spi's bug method and hand wash the wheels. I use Protect-All aresol on the wheels. It keeps them looking awesome and easier to clean the next time. On alternate washes, I polish the rest of the bike with Protect-All and Eagle Wet Look polish.

I will continue this method, unless someone tells me Simple Green is harsh on chrome. I don't think that will be the case. My GPz had a chrome pipe. No other chrome though. It didn't seem to effect it.

Simple Green rules.
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my 1800 is a year old now and I use Suzuki's bike wash. I tried some after a friend told me about it. Spay it on....let it sit for a couple of mins and even the hard bugs wash right off with just normal water hose spray. i always use compressed air for drying. This works great for me.
 

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As Spike says, Honda does not do an oil change on the VTX1800 and GL1800 (Gold Wing) until 4000 miles. But, as Spike also said, most will do an oil & filter change, plus a thurough once-over at 600 - 1,000 miles for the heck of it.

Some also recommend to check, if not drain & replace, the rear hub gear oil.

And then you can get into the never-ending debate as to which oil to use :roll:

http://www.vtxoa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=38931
 

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Honda Polish for cleaning is the only way to go in my book. I use a Mopar cleaner wax from work to wax my X.
 
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