Bike detailing is nearly as specialized as aircraft detailing and therefore motorcycle detail training is a very important step for both detail shop owners and motorcycle dealerships.
On modern day bikes, its common to find a variety of paints, metals and varied surfaces. bike owners are seriously protective of their bikes and demand a far greater level of professionalism on the finished product then they would on even a collector car.
A wide range of bikes
with the popularity of custom and semi-custom bikes, those performing motorcycle detailing must be educated professionals. detailing a motorcycle can involve dealing with a wide range of surfaces such as base/clear paint, some single stage paint, powder coated paint, billet aluminum, chrome, brass, leather, exotic skins and a host of other "not the norm" surfaces.
for decades Harley and other bike manufactures have been adding extras to factory bikes that make these bikes far more challenging and time consuming to detail. Aluminum wheels and accessories can add a new dimension to not only the esthetics of the bikes but adds a degree of complexity to the detail process.
Classic bikes add a new dimension to the motorcycle detailing challenges. much like concourse detailing for automobiles, the detailing technician must have an understand on how that bike should look when completed. in addition, classic motorcycles have original parts that can prove to be delicate to work around and the meaning of these "factory" parts are of huge value to both the owner of the bike and the bikes overall value.
Sport bikes are a great bike to detail and can be a profitable avenue within the wholesale markets. but, current trends within sports bikes are increasing the difficulty in performing advance detailing services to even these once "easy to detail" bikes.
dirt bike owners are not a huge customer base for us but we do have high-end clients and wholesale accounts that we clean dirt bikes for. a service that was once easy has proven to be a little more difficult as even using the wrong degreaser can damage aluminum parts on any of the bikes listed on this page including dirt bikes!
motorcycle detailing is a total niche within our industry of niches. some markets are prime for bike detailing while others will offer little support for a business that plans on building their customers from the local bike crowd. proper training in motorcycle detailing takes three days and is very involved. As you can see to the right, if you look at the top section of the heads, minimal rust while the lower sections are covered in rust...thats what you learn...how to properly clean up a bike!
look at the far right side of the primary and then compare to the left...we made this primary a mirror while it was on the bike! Of course this was a $600.00 motorcycle detail but the customer wanted it...attention to details was able to deliver. The above are some of the largest challenges within detail.