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.
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.
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!