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Old Jul 26th 2016, 11:34 AM   #1
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Washing bike while hot?!

Hello everyone!

Lately I have been worried about a particular thing which happened to my bike. I purchased a few months ago a brand new (but left over) 2014 1199s. She still only has 500 miles on her. However a few days ago when I got back from riding my father thought he would do a nice thing and wash my bike for me.... He was hosing her down while steam was coming off the pipes for a few seconds when I heard this and shouted to him to stop.

How much damage would this have caused? I know it is detrimental to the metals of the bike to wash it while hot. Could it be that since the Panigale has fairings all over that the engine was not harmed? I do not care about the exhaust pipes much as Ill be replacing them anyways.

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Old Jul 26th 2016, 11:55 AM   #2
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Some places, they ride these bikes when it's raining.....

I've ridden plenty of dirt bikes from 90F air temp straight into a 2 foot deep stream and out the other side, no issues.

I don't think you have anything to worry about.

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Old Jul 26th 2016, 12:04 PM   #3
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Yes this is what I thought as well but my argument to this is that it is while the engine is running so it maintains a warm temperature, only fluctuating a few degrees. And it is less water.
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Old Jul 26th 2016, 12:05 PM   #4
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Not a big deal at all... You should of said thanks dad instead of shouted smh ... But people do ride these bikes in the rain.
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Old Jul 26th 2016, 12:10 PM   #5
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Buy your dad a beer. It's not big deal. And second, nobody keeps these bikes long enough to see damage.
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Old Jul 27th 2016, 04:01 AM   #6
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Just thought I'd chip in. I've ridden in the rain (not intentionally), and washed it whilst hot and I've been fine in all occasions.
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Old Jul 27th 2016, 09:45 AM   #7
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Riding in the rain is not the same as concentrating cold water on one place at a time, rain will waft over parts of the engine and pipe doing very little to cool dramatically a small area?
Cold water from a hose will concentrate on a section and for want of a better word supercool a small area, causing that part to almost shrink, I would be unhappy, my dad is no longer on earth to irritate me, but if it were him he would be in a home for the stupid after that.
Consider what we do when we case harden steel.....we warm it then cool it fast it changes the structure.....just my comments
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Old Jul 27th 2016, 02:24 PM   #8
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The Panigale is dry clean only people. Com'on
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Old Jul 27th 2016, 04:40 PM   #9
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I just dry wash anyway. I had a problem with my 916, when I started it after a wash (and waiting a short period of time to dry) it wouldn't shut off. Turns out it was a loose connection, but still since then I only dry wash.
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Old Jul 28th 2016, 10:57 AM   #10
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Can you describe dry wash? How do you deal with the odd bit of mud
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