Monday, March 16, 2009

Scooter Resource -- Motorcycle Washes

Automated Motorcycle Wash Stations Opening in April

Who says that cars are the only vehicles that need cleaning? Apparently, even motorcycles need one and come this April, an automated motorcycle wash station will be mass produced starting this April. First reported by Clutch and Chrome in September 2008, the Moto Express Wash was invented by Mark Harrell, a long‐time motorcycle enthusiast who got the idea several years ago after talking to Paul Teutul Sr. from Orange County Choppers and the cable TV series American Chopper.

The system took three years to reach this point, from perfecting the mechanics of pulling a motorcycle through and cleaning every nook and cranny, to finding the right cleaners.

From a distance the Moto Express Wash, which was tested in Speedway a city near Indianapolis, looks like a normal automated car wash bay. The motorcycle is ridden into the bay which is the same size as a standard car wash bay, the kickstand is put down and the rider dismounts.

The bike is secured through a computerized system that activates blocks at the kick stand and at the front tire, so whether you’re riding a Vespa or a chopper, the motorcycle is held in place in an upright position during the entire wash process. An arm moves across and over the bike for pre‐soak, wash and spot‐free rinse while at the same time, the front and rear wheels are being rotated and cleaned, and then it’s air‐dried. The whole process takes less than five minutes.

The Moto Express Wash™ will make its first industry appearance at the Car Care World Expo 2009 being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, April 1-4.

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