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How to clean a motorcycle seat

Updated February 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

  7. Dry the motorcycle seat with a non-abrasive cloth.

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

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

  10. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Nick Davis

Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.

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