How to Save Time Washing Motorcycles

Alright, I figured we would start with something simple that many people seem to struggle with in dealing with their two wheeled machines. The topic today is how to save time washing motorcycles. I personally receive compliments all the time on how great my motorcycles look when I’m at events or just out riding. Everyone always says, “It must take you hours to clean your motorcycle”. I laugh and say actually it only took about a half hour. No one ever believes it because they are use to spending most of their time spending pain staking hours cleaning their motorcycle to obtain an awesome finished product.

The truth is it will always take time and there are many products available that will help your motorcycle look good, although no product saves you time. Washing is basic, you just need to use a light detergent soap that can be found in any automotive section of a department store and apply that soap with a soft rag or special soap applicator. Make sure to wash small sections and rinse frequently out of direct sun light, preferably in the shade or in a garage. You don’t want to give the soap time to dry on your motorcycle since it leaves an ugly white residue on your chrome and paint.

Once you have completed the wash and rinse you are almost done. Here is the hard part, drying your motorcycle. Most people are firm believers that chamois are the way to go, I use to be until I found a better method that leaves an awesome finished result with no spots or water lingering in cracks and crevasses. Drying with a chamois takes forever and most of the time you will have water trapped in areas that you can’t get to and it eventually drips or runs on your chrome and paint leaving streaks. How upsetting is that after you spent quality time washing and drying and there are still water spots and streaks all over your finished work!

It’s really no secret and the way around water spots and streaks is using the right tools for the job. Using the right tools saves time, money, and unneeded aggravation. Years ago someone told me about using a leaf blower on my motorcycle and I thought they were insane until I got tired of wasting an hour or more drying everything on my motorcycle and tried using a leaf blower. I have to say it cut my time down in 1/3 with outstanding results. I have to admit that I still had to go around and wipe a little here and there with a chamois but the time savings was significant and the results were spectacular. Eventually I found another tool that works even better and faster with results that are remarkable. What I found was the Air Force Blaster Motorcycle Dryer. There are three different models of the Air Force Blaster; the 1.3 HP, 4 HP, 8 HP. Each of these models does an outstanding job turning the normal hour or better choir into 10 minutes or less removing every molecule of water off your motorcycle. There is no using a chamois when using the Air Force Blaster, just turn it on and let it do all the drying for you!

This tool may seem like an investment to you and you are right, it’s an investment to save time and effort to get superior results in the final look of your motorcycle. Any good motorcycle dealership has an Air Force Blaster model in their shop for their employees to use when the work is complete on a customer’s motorcycle and wash time begins. Why do you ask? The reason is simple, dealerships are in the business to make money while they also provide great service and products. If they want a customer to return with their motorcycle they are going to give it back to their customer in better condition than what it came in as. Washing only makes sense, although it is very time consuming and the customer really doesn’t pay for this service. Dealerships found the tool that saves their employees significant time and them a huge amount of money on wages, that right the Air Force Blaster! Air Force Blaster enables a dealership’s employees to wash 8-10 motorcycle in the time it use to take washing one motorcycle the old fashion way. The money they spent buying an Air Force Blaster provided an immediate return with phenomenal results.

I encourage you to try the Air Force Blaster out, any model will provide outstanding results with an immediate return on your investment. Time is money and you can never put a dollar amount on the time taken away from riding and spent on cleaning. Thanks for reading and please post comments, we always enjoy hearing feedback on our blogs and products.

Business Excellence in the Automotive Industry

Business excellence is an ideal that all good entrepreneurs strive to achieve.  In fact, many organizations are devoted to honoring those businesses that best exemplify this concept.  However, business excellence cannot be strictly defined.  Rather, it varies from one industry to another.  For example, in the automotive industry, business excellence includes customer commitment, quality control, efficient supply, and innovative management.

Leaders in the automotive industry understand the need to form a strong bond with customers.  Perhaps more than other sectors, consumers are more likely to make a decision regarding an automobile purchase based upon their experience with those in the industry.  Thus, entrepreneurs need to be concerned with two key features relating to customer commitment.  The first is meeting the needs of the consumer, financially and socially.  People need automobiles that meet their economic means.  This not only means getting a good initial purchase price, but also finding a vehicle that will require minimal repair and maintenance down the road.  Consumers also want to purchase automobiles that will not require excess money to be spent on fuel.  Therefore, business excellence includes finding more cost-efficient production and distribution processes, and subsequently passing these savings on to the consumer. 

The second aspect of customer commitment is meeting societal needs and desires.  This means staying informed of what vehicle features are most important to consumers.  Such information can be garnered using formal surveys and demographic research.  Once you understand the buyer, you are more capable of catering to him or her.  For example, people in some regions are especially concerned with the environmental impact of their purchases.  Thus, the automobile industry would need to show those people they are committed to using recycled materials and alternative fuels.  Additionally, many consumers want family vehicles that are safe and comfortable for children.  Therefore, excellent automobile entrepreneurs will focus their attention on crash test results and extra amenities.

In addition to customer commitment, business excellence must include exceptional quality control measures.  This means ensuring that automotive vehicles are safe and easy to maintain.  Appropriate testing should be undertaken for each new product model, and the results of these assessments need to be made public in a timely manner.  Additionally, individual dealerships should take care to ensure every vehicle is inspected prior to sale and stored under ideal conditions prior to purchase. 

Efficient supply is an aspect of business excellence that is frequently overlooked.  The balance between supply and demand is vital to the automotive industry.  Producing too many vehicles can lead to severely diminished profits.  It can also lead to a waste of resources that could have been better utilized for vehicles more likely to be purchased.  Meanwhile, a supply that is too short can cause companies to lose customers.  When an individual needs to purchase a vehicle, he or she may not be able to wait any extensive period for a desired product to come into supply.  As a result, they will simply find an alternative automobile to purchase.

Finally, business excellence in the automotive industry requires innovative management.  There are several parties involved in the manufacture and distribution of vehicles, and financial as well as labor resources need to be managed from the top down as well as controlled on a micro-level.  Thus, not only do large factories need to communicate with business executives and the dealerships that asses supply, but individual sales representatives need to be appropriately trained and supervised at each individual dealership.

Changes in the Automotive Industry

This may be old news to some of you but the automotive industry is not what it used to be. The days of car manufactures making new cars, slapping an expensive price tag on them and then watching happy go lucky customers drive off the lot in large numbers has passed long ago. With the economy being in the worst shape that it has been in in a very long time, people just don’t have money to waist on vehicles the way that they did once upon a time.

In recent months thing have began to stabilize a little more than the last twelve months. In what was being called the automotive crisis many people lost jobs as almost no cars were being sold. Household names Like GM, Ford, and Chrysler all looked to the government for help. A big reason that the crisis took place was because the automotive industry was weakened by a substantial increase in the prices of automotive fuels. With virtually no fuel efficient models to offer consumers the “Big three” of the American automotive industry watched their sales quickly decrease.

While car companies from other parts of the world had been focusing on making cars targeted at fuel efficiency for many years, most American automobile manufacturers were way behind and therefore suffered the largest loss in sales during the global financial downturn. Hope full the mistakes made by these companies served as a lesson in economic to these companies. Sadly, from the looks of the cars that they are still producing they haven’t.