A well-loved motorcycle is not treated kindly by the road, so from time to time it is necessary to clean out the small places that tend to build up filth. Even though headlights are relatively safe from getting dirty because of their shape and configuration that generally keeps bugs and dirt out, they do tend to get slowly dirtier over time. Yellowing of the lens happens, foggy films and residues can slowly set in, bugs and dirt do eventually find a way in somehow – it is inevitable. As sealed up as it seems to be, the headlamp will slowly build up enough gunk over time where you will not notice until it is probably pretty far along, and visibility is starting to dim. So now, you are stuck wondering how on earth you should clean your headlight. We can help! There are quite a few options and solutions for your headlight problem.
Do It Yourself
Many a brave DIY’ers have embraced this task and owned it so why can’t you? It really is not a terribly difficult task. The most important thing is to not damage the light or use the wrong solution or cleaner on the light. It may be a trial and error process but here are a few recommended home-made solutions to de-filth your headlights:
- Take a cloth and wrap it around a coat hanger or a similarly shaped object. After that, spray your fancy new home-made polishing tool with Windex or glass cleaner and wipe the surfaces of the lens and the reflector. Be careful not to wipe the reflector area too hard because the solution can either take off the coating completely or damage it.
- Remove the lens assembly completely from your bike and then let it soak in soap and water. After letting it soak for a while, you can rinse it in tap water. Then soak it in Windex and then rinse it in water again. This is a very gentle method and preferred by many.
- Soak in laundry detergent and warm water (dish detergent leaves a filmy residue, so it is not recommended) then rinse and let it air dry.
- Toothpaste is actually a recommended method for polishing the headlight. It is not recommended for use on the reflector area, but for the actual clear headlamp part, it can work wonders.
There are special cleaning kits that you can buy that are relatively inexpensive and have all the tools and cleaners included that you will need to clean, polish and restore your headlights. They can be simpler than other methods of headlight cleaning because they are made for bikes and come with instructions. These kits are also more likely to not damage your lights since the chemicals and ingredients involved are actually meant to be put on the different areas of your headlight. Moreover, the tools are specifically designed to fit in spaces that need cleaning without doing damage to the light fixture.
There are also cleaning solutions that come without a kit, but they are essentially the same thing because they are made especially for car and motorcycle headlights. You will just need to find or make your own tools to use with it.
If you are concerned about damaging the light or your bike, it may be a good idea to take it to get cleaned professionally. They usually do not charge very much because it is a simple process, but they know how to do it well. If they damage it, they will probably just replace it. It is generally recommended that you go to a place that details bikes and cars rather than a dealership because they will tend to do a better job and are more knowledgeable about how to do it in general.
Replacing The Lamp
Although it is much more expensive to replace the headlights on your motorcycle than just cleaning them yourself or having them cleaned professionally, another good option is just to replace those suckers. Depending on how old and hard ridden your bike is, it could be hard to restore the headlamps to a dazzling brand new condition. Our recommendation, if you are on the fence with this, is to try polishing and cleaning them yourself. Then if that does not get the results you want, take them in to be replaced. For honda cbr600rr motorcycle parts visit Extreme Fairings and save 25% on selected products.