cleaning bugs off helmet visor and bike

How to clean bugs off visor and motorbike

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If you’ve ever been showered with bugs on your ride, you will know how difficult they are to remove from your helmet visor and your motorcycle.

That’s because the wind quickly dries them out and they become very hard and stick like glue to any surface.

Cleaning bugs off your bike

While bugs on a motorcycle are mainly a cosmetic issue, they can interfere with the performance of your headlight or clog up oil coolers and radiators.

We suggest trying to remove most of them from headlights and coolers with water from a service station while out on the road.cleaning bugs off helmet visor and bike

You won’t get them all, but you should remove enough to be able to continue riding.

Leave the rest of the bug removal until you get home as it’s only cosmetic.

We suggest using a special bug remover that you can buy from most motorcycle shops, service stations or auto shops like Supercheap. There is little difference we can detect between specific motorcycle cleaners and car cleaners.

cleaning bugs off helmet visor and bike
Motul insect remover

Visor cleaning

As for your visor, bugs can create substantial vision impairment which is a serious safety issue, so it’s important to remove them while out on the road.

Never try to wipe bugs off your helmet with your glove as you will only smear them and create a mess.

Wiping dried bugs can also create almost invisible scratches which may not appear to be a problem … until you are riding into the sun or at night and all you can see is a “spiders web” of scratches!

I carry a small Specsavers pump spray that I rinsed out and filled with Motul helmet & visor cleaner at $14.90.

The original Motul spray bottle is simply too bulky to carry in my jacket pocket.

Some people say Windex is ok, but it is suitable for glass only. It includes ammonia which is harmful to plastic visors.

You can also use other specific visor products or plain water.

I also carry a small soft rag that came with my Skram riding sunglasses.

If you don’t have a sunglasses or prescription glasses cloth, any soft microfibre cloth will do.

Spray a liberal amount of the solution on the visor and let it sit for about 30 seconds. Don’t rub straight away, but also don’t leave it long enough to dry.

This softens the bugs and loosens them from the surface.

Then gently wipe the bugs away with one side of the cloth. Don’t push too hard. You may have to repeat this process.

When they are mainly gone, give your visor one more spray, then wipe it dry with the other side of the cloth.

Crusty demons

If there is a thick crust of bugs on your visor, call into a service station, rest area or anywhere you can get water and toilet paper or a paper towel.

Soak the toilet paper or hand towel in water and then place it on your visor and let it sit there for about 30 seconds. You can also use a soft cloth such as your hanky or neck sock soaked in water.cleaning bugs off helmet visor and bike

Peel off the wet paper being careful not to rub the surface as some paper towels can be fairly abrasive.

Then apply your cleaning solution as per the instructions above.

cleaning bugs off helmet visor and bike
Never use a servo windscreen squeegee

Never use the windscreen squeegee provided at service stations as they may have been dropped on the ground.

They can have oil, diesel, fuel or small particles of gravel and dirt in them which can smear and scratch your visor.

  1. Hydrogen peroxide gets all organic stuff off instantly.
    Be careful what you spray on your visor – I put rainex on a shark one and it reacted with the coating and destroyed it.

  2. I live in Florida in the US. We have serious love bugs 2 a year that cover your visors, windshields, and bike or car body. They are almost impossible to get off after being in the sun, and they destroy your paint. Secret here in dryer sheets. Try wiping them off with the sheet dry first. If that does not work wet them and they pretty much wipe right off.

  3. Mr. SHEEN – Spray heavily, let soak 20 – 30 secs and wipe off with Super soft cloth – Second quick spray for the stubborn biggies and then Polish it off – Mr.Sheen leaves a Silicon Coating and everytime you use it – IT makes the Bugs stick LESS to the Visor, Glass Headlight and Other Alloy and Plastic components, Been using Nothing else since the early 70’s – Works a TREAT …. Inexpensive too – Toss a can of it along with a Nice Soft rag or two into the backpack OR Saddlebags – Anytime Anywhere, No need for water OR PAPER – NEVER use PAPER of ANY KIND … it Scratches the polycarbonate terribly … Soft Rags made for the purpose – small bag of soft rags in Wooiles for about $8 and then you can rotate them and reusable and Washable …
    Cheap – Simple – Reusable and FUNCTIONAL …

  4. I find soapy water works every bit as well as the fancy visor cleaners. The soap helps dissolve the fats etc. from the bug bodies. Just make sure you rinse it all off wit clean water.

  5. Good article. I have been using the wet cloth method for decades, as a practical method at the end of the days ride. If you can just leave the screen dirty till you get home.
    One other thing, even with the best care you never really know how scratched you visor is till you ride at night and perhaps a bit of rain, then every micro scratch shows up when you face oncoming headlights ….. time for a new visor.

  6. I use rain-x every day. Rain or not. On a chux, wipe on let sit for a couple of minutes then paper towel off. Bugs come off pretty easily, even after they have been on visor all night.

    1. The Rain-X instructions explicitly state not to use on plastics. If you are using that and wiping with a paper towel, I hate to think how often you have to replace your new visor.

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