How to clean a motorcycle seat

Written by nick davis
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Motorcycles, like other vehicles, need cleaning regularly to keep dust, dirt and grime from building up on their surfaces. Maintaining the motorcycle's tires, windshield and other areas is a regular occurrence, but you may be lost on how to clean the seat on the motorcycle. When cleaning a motorcycle seat, you don't want to use a substance that is going to make the seat slick or damage it---especially if the seat is leather. Motorcycle seats need to be cleaned and conditioned regularly to keep sun, rain and other elements from damaging the material.

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Things you need

  • Soft, non-abrasive cloths (3)
  • Bucket
  • Mild automotive wash or soap
  • Warm water
  • Hose
  • Leather conditioner

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  1. 1

    Wipe the motorcycle seat with a soft, non-abrasive cloth to remove any loose dust and dirt from the seat.

  2. 2

    Fill a bucket with 1 tablespoon of a mild automotive wash or soap and ½ gallon of warm water.

  3. 3

    Dip a soft cloth in the soap mixture. Wring out any excess mixture.

  4. 4

    Scrub the motorcycle seat with the damp, soft cloth. For stubborn stains, scrub the spot with light force to break up the dirt.

  5. 5

    Rinse the soft cloth with cold water from a water hose.

  6. 6

    Rinse the motorcycle seat with the damp cloth to remove any soap mixture and remaining dust/dirt.

  7. 7

    Dry the motorcycle seat with a non-abrasive cloth.

  8. 8

    Apply 1 teaspoon of a leather conditioner to a dry, non-abrasive cloth.

  9. 9

    Wipe the motorcycle seat with the cloth soaked in leather conditioner until the seat is smooth but not slick.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also use a leather cleaner to clean your motorcycle seat. Read and follow any directions/recommendations on the leather cleaner's container before using.
  • Avoid using Armor-All, car wax or similar products on your motorcycle seat. These products will make the seat slick.

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