A little elbow grease goes a long way in restoring your bike after a full day of riding, but sweat and exerted energy are nothing without a healthy supply of cleaning products. Enter Motul's new MC Care product line, an 18-product lineup that's divided into four separate categories for easy purchasing based on rider needs. As of late, we've been using the M (Motorcyclist and Equipment Care) products, which include the Motul Helmet Clean, Perfect Leather and Hands Clean.
Motul's newly formulated helmet clean was the first to be put through the wringer and was necessitated by a suicidal swarm of bugs on hand for the Kawasaki ZX-6R press launch. Fortunately for us-and our new AGV lid-Motul's Helmet Clean is infused with an anti-insect agent that's intended to dissolve organic residue and rid the helmet of whatever bug guts you've managed to accumulate over the course of a ride. A few sprays were enough to coat the shell of our helmet in a fine mist that was easy to wipe off with a microfiber towel. Motul recommends that you let the liquid set for a few seconds before wiping it off, although our overzealous-selves found that the formula was strong enough to wipe nearly all the debris away at a moment's notice. Bug remnants that'd been left lingering for a while did require a little more patience, but overall we are impressed with how aggressively the Helmet Clean formula works for a product that Motul claims is developed to be "neutral and non-aggressive."
It seems like it'd be hard to botch a helmet cleaning formula, but various sprays we've tested in the past have either been too thick to wipe off with ease or too weak to cut through the grime. Motul's Helmet Clean is evidence that some companies simply do it better than others; the spray has a nice citrusy smell to it, and it doesn't leave the helmet feeling greasy or impregnated with streaks. Sure, a bottle of general purpose spray may half-heartedly get the job done, but the Helmet Clean is clearly a better choice based on its purposeful blend and obvious potential when it comes to restoring your helmet to that fresh-out-of-the-box look.
Motul's Perfect Leather wasn't necessitated by any one swarm of insects, but rather by two month's worth of daily commuting that'd left our leather jacket changing from a white hue to brown. Reversing the damage was simple enough thanks to a generous supply of PL, which uses olive oil soap in combination with various other oils to not only clean but also nourish the leather.
We used a clean microfiber towel to apply the Perfect Leather cream to the most heavily affected areas of our jacket (the white panels primarily) and found that most residue was no match for the formula. The cream didn't require Arnold Schwarzenegger-sized bicep muscles when it came time to rub it off, and small circular motions were enough to break through grime that we at first expected the Perfect Leather to have trouble with. The cleaner's smell should have been a slight indication of how strong it would perform; the Perfect Leather smells like it's come straight from the mix labs of a professional upholstery shop.
Motul claims that the Perfect Leather formula is capable of nourishing the leather and prolonging the life of the material, although that's not something we'll immediately be able to put to the test. We can say now however, that the cream works extremely well to break through the grit and restore the leather to its original color. Our jacket in particular looks five-months newer and without much effort. Perfect Leather also works on boots, gloves, saddlebags and more, meaning we won't be vacating the bottle any time soon.
Shop foreman Michael Candreia put Motul's third and final Motorcyclist and Equipment Care product to the test after a few long days in the garage. The product, Hands Clean, is developed to dissolve grease, oil and dirt, and proved just as effective as any other hand cleaner we've used over the years. There's no need for water either; simply squirt a quarter-sized sample in your hand and start rubbing.
The cream breaks up the grease well and leaves your hands dry, claims our shop czar. But while Michael doesn't have any complaints on the cream's odor, we'll admit that the Hand Clean doesn't necessarily have a pleasant aroma. And while the cleaner works well to clean your hands, everything that it removes from your grimy fingers ends up in a pile of flakes on the floor. Put simply, don't expect to clean your hands in the kitchen sink and not be yelled at by your significant other for making a mess.
Motul's MC Care product line clearly has some standout products, and while we tested just three of the different offerings, we weren't disappointed. The Helmet Clean, Perfect Leather and Hands Clean all performed admirably thanks to their task-specific formula, and we found it hard to fault any of them based on how easily they complete the task at hand. There's something to be said about keeping it in the family too, especially if you're already using Motul's many other motorcycle-specific lubricants.
|Motul Helmet Clean Retail: $6.99|
|Motul Perfect Leather Retail: $7.99|
|Motul Hands Clean Retail: $5.99|