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  • Offline Hartley   england

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    Well blow me down
    on: Feb 16, 2019, 09.51 pm
    Feb 16, 2019, 09.51 pm
    Where i live the water is quite hard, despite my best efforts when washing the bike invariably theyll be some water trapped somewhere that runs out after youve put the bike away and shammied it down. This may be a minor thing but over the years its left certain areas on my trusty 2002 XJR with water marks/stains.  The CT also has loads of nooks and crannies so ive been toying with getting a bike drier for some time.

    Theres several reviews online and a few specific driers about for upto £180.

    After doing a bit of looking about i came across pet driers, similar spec motors, some looking almost identical to bike driers. However,  it would seem that dog owners dont pay as much to get the pooch dry as we might to get our pride and H20 free. Generally these are going for around £60 on amazon.

    Couple of weeks ago i saw someone selling some for £39 on ebay so i bit the bullet and placed my order.

    Yesterday i got the first ride of the year under my belt and got the XJR out for a few hours, today i got to test the drier out for the first time.

    Guys, these are the way to go, certainly with retros, adventure bikes and anything that has loads of places for water to sit. After washing the Yamaha off i set to work with the drier, it has loads of power and is also heated and gets far better results than the compressor that i usually use. I didnt even have to shammy the bike off afterwards.

     I will say youre not going to be very popular with the neighbours if you dry your bike off early on a Sunday morning, these things make a hell of a racket. (Must scare the bejesus out of a dog)

    This is the one i bought:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0739LG2Y3/ref=as_li_ss_tl?psc=1&smid=A1Q2XP8HXBBWM0&linkCode=sl1&tag=themisfly-21&linkId=d9efac564fc772ce493ebb7184b52127

    There are some on ebay for around £45.

    Might be of use to someone.

    Paul





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    Re: Well blow me down
    Reply #1 on: Feb 17, 2019, 07.09 am
    Feb 17, 2019, 07.09 am
    I've used my petrol leaf blower to dry my bike, but no heat with that. And it is really antisocial.  Only two neighbours so not so bad.
    'I love the smell of two strokes in the morning'

    Your idea looks the best !  :152:
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    Re: Well blow me down
    Reply #2 on: Feb 17, 2019, 08.46 am
    Feb 17, 2019, 08.46 am
    Ive also used one of these for a couple of years now. Mine turned up with the casing a bit dented, made no difference to how it worked but got a refund so ended up paying £7.50 for it, which was a bonus. The amount of air that comes out of it im sure if you were drying a small dog you would blow it across the garden  :001:

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    Re: Well blow me down
    Reply #3 on: Feb 17, 2019, 07.06 pm
    Feb 17, 2019, 07.06 pm
     :460: Paul.

    I purchased the exact same dryer at beginning of last year and can certainly vouch for there effectiveness.
    They are certainly a much cheaper option than the “motorcycle specific” dryers that cost more than x3 that of pet dryers.  :028:

    Last Edit: Feb 17, 2019, 07.17 pm by Dave56
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    Re: Well blow me down
    Reply #4 on: Feb 17, 2019, 07.17 pm
    Feb 17, 2019, 07.17 pm
    Did the CT purr afterwards?

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    Re: Well blow me down
    Reply #5 on: Feb 17, 2019, 07.26 pm
    Feb 17, 2019, 07.26 pm
     :460:  :008:

    Tried it on one of our farmer neighbours cows.  :005:

    Last Edit: Feb 17, 2019, 07.38 pm by Dave56
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    Re: Well blow me down
    Reply #6 on: Feb 18, 2019, 08.03 am
    Feb 18, 2019, 08.03 am
    Nice one Hartley.  I have been thinking about something like this more and more as I hate putting the bike away "wet" after a shammying. Particularly the discs and calipers as they stick on overnight.

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    Re: Well blow me down
    Reply #7 on: Feb 18, 2019, 12.44 pm
    Feb 18, 2019, 12.44 pm
    Like another member already said, I have just been using a leaf blower (electric in my case...much quieter and lighter) for many years with good success.  I wonder how much 'heat' really matters as knocking the water out of the crevices only requires air force.  I still have to go over the bike to dry with a high quality microfiber drying towel.  She comes out spotless!