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You can wash your motorbike, but not your car??

By johnboy - 25 May 2009 31

ACTEW have recently listed car washing as a “hot topic” on their website. After a poke around the linked page I found this text, not sure how recent it is, but certainly new information to me:

    No washing of any vehicle except at a commercial car wash that recycles water and holds an exemption allowing use of potable water. Boat motors may be flushed or rinsed after use.

    A general exemption exists for using water to wash a vehicle’s windows, mirrors or lights, and for spot removal of corrosive substances, and then only with a bucket or watering can filled directly from a tap (not by means of a hose).

    Under a general exemption motorcycles can be cleaned ONCE per month, and then only with a bucket or watering can filled directly from a tap (not by means of a hose).

So why are motorcycles so lucky?

What’s Your opinion?


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You can wash your motorbike, but not your car??
Joe Canberran 3:00 pm 25 May 09

BenjaminL said :

Time to test out that wet weather gear and go through the automatic car wash on my bike…

I am so tempted to try that =) I’d have to be tipsy mind you which as i don’t go near the bike if I’ve even had a wiff of grog probably rules it out from happening…

p1 2:57 pm 25 May 09

You can’t use a high pressure hose (like those at DIY commercial car washes) on exposed engine and brake components. It’s fine in a car where the engine etc is covered up, but bikes don’t have that luxury.

I have always been a little worried about this, ever since pressure cleaning the engine on my car, and having to dry it out to get all the cylinders firing. But the bike seems to handle rain no worries…

Steady Eddie 2:52 pm 25 May 09

Because motorbikes are cool.

Secret Squirrel 2:10 pm 25 May 09

You can’t use a high pressure hose (like those at DIY commercial car washes) on exposed engine and brake components. It’s fine in a car where the engine etc is covered up, but bikes don’t have that luxury.

Pommy bastard 2:05 pm 25 May 09

What do you mean by “wash your motorbike”? Why would you do that?

BenjaminL 1:48 pm 25 May 09

Time to test out that wet weather gear and go through the automatic car wash on my bike… Has anyone ever tried this? I’d be worried the laser guided spray would not see me and bonk me on the helmet or something.

Its not like bikes need a lot of water to clean, i mean the tank and faring on a bike would add up to… the bonnet on a family sedan?

p1 1:11 pm 25 May 09

I haven’t washed my bike since December and ride it almost everyday…

You grot

True. I think I might go wash it now. With a bucket of course.

Holden Caulfield 12:48 pm 25 May 09

johnboy said :

Plenty of cars can’t go through the commercial car wash either.

What sort of car cannot go into a manual washing bay at a commercial car wash?

Presumably, if someone wants to wash their car at home manually, they are capable of doing so at a commercial wash.

That said, I’d love it if car washing at home was sanctioned on one weekend per month basis, or something similar.

G-Fresh 12:43 pm 25 May 09

p1 said :

I haven’t washed my bike since December and ride it almost everyday…

You grot

Gungahlin Al 12:43 pm 25 May 09

Buy a rainwater tank and thumb your nose at water restrictions.

p1 12:14 pm 25 May 09

Maybe a push from the trail bike lobby. Can’t ride a unregistered trail bike to car lovers.

Although you can take it on the same trailer you use to take it out of town….

I haven’t washed my bike since December and ride it almost everyday…

Sammy 11:58 am 25 May 09

No problem washing a motorbike at most commercial car washes, provided they’re the DIY type with the high pressure hand-held hose.

johnboy 11:29 am 25 May 09

Plenty of cars can’t go through the commercial car wash either.

chewy14 11:27 am 25 May 09

Because the bikies made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.

Spectra 11:27 am 25 May 09

I’m guessing you’ve never tried to ride a motorbike through a commercial carwash.

It’s not new, it’s been a standard part of the restrictions since they were imposed.

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