Cruddy Akrapovic

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - On the Bench -

Q: I’ve just bought a Kawasaki ZX-9R C1 with an Akrapovic ti­ta­nium ex­haust and I need ad­vice on clean­ing it. The head­ers are quite bad from the block to half way un­der the en­gine. It looks like rust but as far as I know ti­ta­nium doesn’t rust so it must be baked on road crud. What is the best thing to clean them with and the best method as I have no ex­pe­ri­ence with ti­ta­nium? I’ve heard about bleach but don’t know if it’s safe on ti­ta­nium be­cause in all the videos I’ve watched they’ve been clean­ing stain­less steel.

Dean Vowles, email

A: Alan See­ley says: Give them a good wipe down with cel­lu­lose thin­ners then Mr Mus­cle win­dow cleaner, the one that says it has vine­gar in it. Avoid abra­sives.

Cel­lu­lose thin­ners and Mr Mus­cle do the job best

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