Originally Posted by 2door
I don't paint my pipes, I polish them and pipes aren't the engine.
As far cleaning the engines, use quality gasket materials, check the torque on your fasteners and the engine will stay clean with no need for aggresive cleaning materials.
Any excess chain lube or intake blow back will wipe off easily with an absorbent cloth.
I live down 3.5 miles of very dusty caleche dirt road, my chain and engine, actually most of bike stay quite dirty all the time, I use brake cleaner for cleaning chain and around the carb where the blow back oily residue forms and mixes with caleche dust that almost sits up like concrete, very hard to get the stuff off, high pressure water wont hardly touch it, thats why I use the carb cleaner and the brake cleaner to clean on mine.
If all I ever rode was pavement, that would be a different story but make two trips down my roads out here and you'll be getting out some chemicals to clean things up...LOL!