UNPASS Australia sent us some of their new ORAGE cleaning wipes. Zane is seriously impressed at how well they tackled our grubby Leoncino 800, all without using a single drop of water...
Washing your bike with a conventional sponge and bucket can be a real pain. Unlike cars, bikes have plenty of crevasses that dirt and filth love to pile up into where a sponge struggles to reach. UNPASS have a solution with their ORAGE cleaning wipes.
One of the “behind-the-scenes” things with bike testing is cleaning the bike when you get to the photoshoot spot. The bikes have to be spotless when you take the static images otherwise it just looks unprofessional and by the time we ride to most of our locations, the bike is filthy just from road grime.
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I carry a spray bottle and chamois with me but I’ve destroyed a few chamois’ in my time just by snagging it on a sharp edge or being far too dirty to clean afterwards. The UNPASS ORAGE wipes come in a pre-moistened tube allowing you to discard of them after you’ve wiped the bike down. Not only this but they give a carwash-like shine that the handy spray bottle and chamois can’t. UNPASS is a popular French and EU brand that is now available here in Australia…
The kit UNPASS sent me included the standard ORAGE wipes and a microfibre cloth to wipe the bike down with after. There’s no need to add any chemicals in the tube as the cloths come pre-wet from the French factory with a mango-peach fragrance.
My Benelli Leoncino 800 Trail is filthy, I’ve been riding it in the rain with some mild off-roading so I decided to put the ORAGE wipes to a proper torture test without even showering the Leoncino with the hose. It’s safe to say I’m impressed with the result.
Starting at the tail, you can see the bike has plenty of caked-up dry dirt. One pass over the bike with the wipes and they clear off all of it, I go straight over it with the microfibre cloth and what’s left is a better shine than what I’d be able to get with a bucket of soap and a sponge, at a fraction of the time.
As you can see below, the same wipe I used for the tail section easily tackles the swingarm, even with all the grease caked on…
Moving to the front of the bike and I swap to a new wipe. The front mudguard and forks always end up being the filthiest but it’s no match for the wipes once again as they chew through any dirt in the way.
The headlight had quite a few bugs on it and this is where the wipes have a slight disadvantage over a pressure washer. I couldn’t seem to clear all the bugs that were stuck to the glass, however, they did tackle most of the grime that covered the headlight and fairing.
The wipes show their strength while cleaning the exposed frame. Being able to shove the wipe in between the engine and frame allows me to reach spots that would otherwise be neglected by a sponge.
For pure interest, I decided to try and clean the headers, which were also caked with dirt, with an already-used wipe. I think they did a pretty good job considering how hard it is to clean headers regardless of a wipe or sponge.
Finishing off the rest of the bike and I don’t see any disadvantages to using the wipes besides the parts of the bike you’d just spray and forget with a hose. It leaves a nice shine on the swingarm where the chain has been flinging grease around and polishes up the plastics nicely.
I ended up using six wipes to clean the whole bike (bar the front wheel) but you can definitely use way less if you’re not stopping to take photos and allowing the wipe to dry out. For those who are earthly-minded, UNPASS claim they’re “eco-friendly” which would make them a better option than using heaps of water to wash your bike.
This was obviously an outlier test, you wouldn’t use them to clean a bike this dirty but you could if you wanted to. This is an excellent product for those who wash their bike after every ride or those who just want to save some time.
You can pick up the wipes and microfibre cloth combo off the UNPASS Australian website now for just $39.90. The container comes with 65 wipes so you’re absolutely saving time and effort over going to a carwash every time your bike is dirty.
UNPASS ORAGE Key Features
- Contains 65 wipes
- Great mango peach fragrance
- Removes insects, defecations, resins and tree sap on fairing, optics, headlight, plastic and mirror
- Cleans, protects and bring shines to chrome
- Leaves a water repellent film
- Eco-friendly: silicone oil free, non-flammable, low V.O.C content, no endocrine disruptors
- Suitable for matt or gloss surfaces
- Applicable on any part of the vehicle whatever their material; aluminium, glass, alloy, varnish, plastic or paints
- Also works on and protects leather, faux leather, alcantara, plastic, upholstery etc.
- Very long shelf life thanks to an airtight packaging to keep the wipes moist
- Made in France
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Product Review: UNPASS Orage Cleaning Wipes