Fight The Dirty Grease

Text: Andi Seiler • Photography: Andi Seiler

There are a lot of cleaning products available, but none like this one. It cleans great and leaves a fresh natural smell at the same time. A company from Florida delivers "d-Limonene," a very special solvent, cleaner and degreaser for all kinds of purposes.

Almost every motorcyclist knows the situation: Sooner or later you have to clean your bike. Mud, dirt, dust and grease are all over the place (rat bikers shouldn't pay attention to these lines!). Just think about it: A dirty bike can never work perfectly, and while cleaning you easily discover other problems such as a lost bolt or a broken part. But how do we get all this greasy dirt off the motorcycle without getting cuts and scratches on our hands? The industry distributes a wide range of cleaners, even for your two-wheeler. And most of them work pretty well. But we know only one great solution that is so versatile: "d-Limonene" by Florida Chemical Company.

For several years, the sales staff from Winter Haven, Florida, sold their product as a general purpose cleaner, hand cleaner, a release agent, grease trap maintainer, a cleaner for concrete, parts washers, dip baths, printing inks, on marine vessels, as an aerosol ingredient and so on. The cleaner is all natural, biodegradable and 100 percent citrus extract. That sounds good enough to eat! So shouldn't it also be good enough for our bike?

You all know the very greasy spots on the rear wheel that come from the lube of the driving chain (shaft-driven motorcyclists can lean back for a moment!). It means a lot of work and dirty hands to remove these spots. One solution would be to use d-Limonene at full concentrate and a rag for the real heavy marks. After that you can use a waterhose to get the solvent and the absorbed dirt off. Really easy! For safety, always use rubber gloves and avoid eye and skin contact. Also, avoid prolonged breathing of vapors, because the fluid is concentrated and can affect your respiratory system.

Most of the time you don't even have to use this good smelling product at full concentrate. Just use a mixture of 10 parts d-Limonene, five parts common dishwashing soap (as an emulsifier) and 85 parts water. As soon as you hit the surface with the wet sponge you will feel how effective that stuff is. It degreases without a lot of effort and leaves a slight film of protectant on the rim. That will make the next cleaning a lot easier.

Many products exist in the market which use d-Limonene as its base solvent. These are widely available in hardware and auto parts stores (price: $ 4 - $ 6) with names such as Citri-Solve, GooGone and Orange-Glo. In general, if it smells like an orange, d-Limonene is the cleaning agent.

Of course, d-Limonene works great on all the other spots on your bike that will get dirty after a long time of riding. It doesn't affect your custom-paint job or other sensitive areas like chrome or polished aluminum. After cleaning you only have to think of lubricating your chain (or other parts that require lubrication) if the solvent gets on it. To be honest, we have never seen a cleaner before that did its job so easily. And the nice part is your bike will smell better. Maybe now you'll have the girls lining up to go on a ride with you. And by the way, you really should get rid of the dark spot on your garage floor from your last oil change!

Florida Chemical CO., Inc.
351 Winter Haven Blvd. NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881-9432

Phone (941) 294-8483
Fax: (941) 294-7783