How to Buy a Motorcycle Dryer

Before you Buy a Motorcycle Dryer

One thing I have noticed about smart people is their shopping habits. Smart people typically evaluate four criteria when they spend their money. To them, everything is an investment. No one knows about an investment better than a biker. We have invested both time and money into our bikes. Therefore, the four things smart bikers will look for before they purchase are:

Best Quality in a Motorcycle Dryer

You want it to last; you want to know that your money was spent wisely and that shows in the quality of the product. I have found that the quality can be found in the small details. What kind of finishing touches were put on the product? Did the manufacturer do the big things right and the small things wrong? In our product, you will notice the black screws, nuts and washers we use to attach the rubber mounts. We could have used standard silver plated screws but then the product would not have looked as good. A cheaper handle would have worked just fine but it would not have looked as good or been more durable. We could have used blow-molded hose but then it would have cracked in about a year or two. We could have saved money and used a metal housing but then it would not have been as safe around water as molded polymer housing and after a few years, it would look old as the paint cracked and peeled. We could have used a shorter cord but then it would have meant that an extension cord connection could be in the wet area. All these decisions added cost to our product yet we made these decisions because we wanted to supply the best quality dryer to the motorcycle owner. Finally, we could have manufactured our motorcycle dryer in China and saved more money. Some of our competitors do this. They have to live with that decision. We chose to keep our manufacturing in the USA. To be able to mark our product “Made in the USA” is a thing of pride for us. We would rather be out of business than ship our manufacturing to China. Air Shammy motorcycle dryers are proudly made in the USA and will always be!

Best Performance in a Motorcycle Dryer

When you purchase a product, you want to know that it will perform the job that it was intended for. Does the product do what it says it will do? I always say that “the proof is in the pudding” which never made much sense to me (the actual quote is “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.”) The true value of a product should only be judged when it is put to use. Was the product designed for performance or cost? We designed our motorcycle dryer to give the best performance –heated-air, touch-free, spot-free and fast drying -at the costing we had targeted. As design engineers, we know how to properly design components to hit a target cost while not sacrificing performance or quality. Our motorcycle dryer design criterion for performance was simple: To get you on the road as quickly as possible with a clean, dry bike. We achieved that without a doubt.

Lowest Cost in a Motorcycle Dryer

I used the term “cost” instead of “price” simply because cost means so much more. There may be a lower price on a product 50 miles away but if you have to drive 100 miles roundtrip to buy it, did you actually save money? Factor in the 2 hours of driving, gas cost, your time, and the use of your vehicle and it probably cost you more to get that lower price. One customer asked us why and how we could sell our motorcycle dryer $100 under the competitors same product. The answer was enlightening to him and it made sense. There are typically three markups on motorcycle parts that occur when you purchase a part or accessory from your retail parts dealer – either at a store or online. The manufacturer takes his profit; the distributor (the big motorcycle catalog companies) takes their cut; and finally the retailer gets his percentage. At Air Shammy, the only markup you see is from us –from our manufacturing. We do not use a distributor or a dealer network. We believe that they serve a purpose but it was our intention to sell direct to the motorcycle owner through the internet or through trade shows we display at .One mark-up saves you over $100. Personally, I have a problem with three markups when all they are doing is reshipping the product. We bring you the absolute lowest cost. You will not find a better designed, better made motorcycle product for $122.77 anywhere. However, if you feel bad about our low cost and would like to pay us $230 for an Air Shammy motorcycle dryer, we won’t turn you down!

Free Shipping on Motorcycle Dryers

We now offer free shipping and no hidden handling charges on our Air Shammy motorcycle dryers. We currently offer free shipping to the 48 continental USA and a nominal charge ($12.50) for Canada, Alaska and Hawaii.

Best Service in a Motorcycle Dryer

What is service? Some manufacturers believe this is simply getting the product to you. We believe it is being certain you are happy with the product and that it performs to your satisfaction. We believe that service is also taking care of it in the unlikely event that there is a problem, that you don’t have to fight or argue or pursuade the manufacturer to replace the product. That is service. Customer service is defined by the customer-not the manufacturer. We intend on exceeding your expectations because your satisfaction is important to our company.

Best Value in a Motorcycle Dryer

All these things add up to “Value” – the actual worth of a product or service. Before you purchase a motorcycle dryer from us, we want you to consider these points. After reviewing our website, you will be convinced that the Air Shammy motorcycle dryer is the best designed, highest quality, and best performance USA-made motorcycle dryer in the industryBuy an Air Shammy dryer today and see for yourself. And when you get off your bike at your local biker hangout, you will be strutting around as everyone admires your clean, spot-free ride. Go ahead and strut, you earned it.

The Perfect Biker Present

Shopping for a Biker?

If you are on this page, you are shopping for a biker. Husband, boyfriend, son, wife, girlfriend or daughter. Here is all you need to know on one page:

Quality in a Motorcycle Dryer

Is the product you are buying a quality product? Does the company stand behind it? How is their customer service? These are all viable questions to ask before you buy. We did not and will not cut corners on quality. The quality of a product is the result of quality components and great engineering design. We stand behind each and every Air Shammy motorcycle dryer we make and are committed to taking care of our customers. The proof is in the pudding – even if our “pudding” is full of hot air!

Ease of Use of a Motorcycle Dryer

We designed it and use our Air Shammy regularly. The carry handle is heavy duty and the unit only weighs 3.5 pounds. Nothing is easier to use! Our new XP model features an extension tube that reduces bending over the bike and a carrying strap system for easier use.

Designed by a Biker

The best parts and accessories for bikers are designed by bikers. Can you imagine a biker designing products for Mary Kay? Just wouldn’t go over well would it? Bikers know what bikers want because we live it. We use our own parts and products. Only a biker knows what a biker wants in a product.
We first designed the Air Shammy Motorcycle Dryer for our own bikes – a Harley and a custom chopper. We know the challenges of washing and detailing a bike because we do it ourselves.

We Guarantee that your Biker will Love it

Before you buy, isn’t it nice to know that the company you buy from assures you that your biker will love their Air Shammy motorcycle dryer or we will refund your money to you? No one has taken us up on this offer yet!! Bikers love to ride and they love to ride clean and dry bikes – and that is why they love the Air Shammy dryer!

Quick Shipment

We typically ship within 2-3 business days UPS. Once you have ordered, we will send you an acknowledgment via E-mail on our current shipping schedule (Give us a few business hours to confirm back with you). Once we ship, we will send you the UPS tracking number so you can track the shipment if you like. We ship in a plain brown box with only a “Made in USA” sticker on the outside. So no need to ship it elsewhere if you don’t want your biker to see what you ordered!

Free Shipping and No Handling Charges
We have free shipping to the lower 48 USA states with a nominal $12.50 charge for Canada, Hawaii and Alaska.

Question?

If you have any questions, check out the entire site. We have tons of pages and loads of information. We have tried on this one page to give you a summary of what you need to know before you buy any motorcycle dryer. If you have any questions beyond that, email us or call us.

Ready to Buy?

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You can read about the technical stuff on the other pages if you like and we challenge you to find a better designed, better made motorcycle dryer than the Air Shammy. You can’t beat our factory direct price either – only $122.77. Compare this versus $180.00 to $230.00 units advertised on the web or the Harley model at $230.00 retail!

How NOT to Dry Your Motorcycle

How Not to Detail Your Motorcycle!

Some people have told me that they use an air compressor and see no need to purchase an Air Shammy dryer for their bikes. As an engineer who has designed seals for pumps and components, I can tell you that using an air compressor is the worst thing you can use. The pressure coming out of an air compressor is so great and so concentrated that you can actually push water under a gasket and by an O-ring. You can put water where water should never be. Like in your wheel bearings or under a chrome cover. Water there will contribute to rust and rust is no good for your bike. And water in your wheel bearings is dangerous. Secondly, air compressors can shoot out oil and wet air. Who wants oil on their paint? As an engineer, my advice is to NEVER use an air compressor on your bike. $122.77 for an Air Shammy dryer seems reasonable now doesn’t it?

Recently, I found a post on a biker website that said we trashed our competitors product because it put out too much pressure. Wrong! What we warn you against is using an air compressor to blast the water off your bike. Personally, we think our competitors make fine products – as long as you like them priced at $230.00 or made in China!! (Hey we had to tell you that!)

Bottom line – DO NOT USE AN AIR COMPRESSOR TO REMOVE WATER FROM YOUR MOTORCYCLE! Ok, now that we have that clear, don’t spend another minute drying when you could be riding!

How to Wash Your Motorcycle

Everyone has their own special way to wash their bike. Some will swear by certain chemicals or techniques. We at Air Shammy motorcycle dryer believe in keeping it simple and not complicating the job.

Here are our suggestions for washing, drying and detailing your motorcycle:

1. Remove all parts that are easily detached – windshields, T-bags, etc. Clean these items separately.

2. Pick a good location for starting your washing. Good drainage, within 10′ of an electrical outlet for your Air Shammy motorcycle dryer.

Hint: We use our Air Shammy motorcycle dryer to blow off dust and dirt before we even begin washing. This prevents us from possibly scratching our paint during washing from dirt particles.

3. We are sure that there are a lot of good washing solutions out there. We use a simple solution that was made for cars.

3. Whenever possible, wash your cycle in the shade. This will give you some time to dry it off without the concern for water spots forming. Secondly, waxing is easier when you are not battling the sun also.

4. Use lots of water to rinse your bike off and loosen any dirt or grime that may be on it, in it, or under it.

5. Use a very soft large sponge or a sheepskin mitt (these are really soft) and use lots of suds to wash your bike. Be careful not to rub the sponge too hard since you may be micro-scratching your paint with any dirt particles in the sponge. Therefore, rinse the sponge out frequently to clean it.

6. Rinse your bike off with lots of water. Be sure to get the soap suds out of every area.

Motorcycle Drying

1. Well, yes you guessed it, you need an Air Shammy motorcycle dryer to do this job right!

2. Starting at the top of the bike (ape hangers, mirrors), blow the water off the bike using an up and down motion. The idea is to be sure that, as you work your way down the bike, that water continues to be removed from the bike.

3. Use your Air Shammy dryer on every part of your motorcycle – wheels, motor, paint, chrome, leather.

Motorcycle Detailing

All the water is now off, the paint and chrome look good. We have found that if we use some one-shot wash/wax solutions, then we can Air Shammy our cycle and it leaves a just-waxed finish.
More details on this section will follow. Bookmark us and check back!

How to Properly Wax Your Motorcycle

Why Should I Wax my Motorcycle?

You can have the road dirt, dust, ultraviolet rays, rain soaked with smog and bugs attack your paint or attack a layer of wax. Which do you want? All that wax does is sacrifice itself instead of your paint taking the punishment. Think of it as semi-permanent SPF-40 protection for your paint. Just like suntan lotion protects your skin from damage, so does a good coat of wax.

What kind of Wax Should I Use on My Motorcycle?

Nature seems to always have the answer for us on many things. For some reason, we cannot invent something that God hasn’t already perfected. There is a plant that grows in a very hostile environments on the planet. This plant just happens to secrete the best wax known to man.

Carnauba Wax – The Best Wax God Ever Made!

Carnauba is a wax derived from the leaves of the carnauba palm tree. This tree grows only in northeastern Brazil. The wax coats the leaves of this palm tree and is collected by literally “beating the wax” off the palm leaves. The wax is then collected and refined for use in many applications including ours (motorcycle wax) and lipstick (so think about that next time you kiss your wife, girlfriend or bike!.)

Carnauba wax in its purest form is harder than concrete. Therefore, it must be mixed with solvents in order to be useful for our application. The best Carnauba-based waxes contain no cleaners or abrasives that could damage your paint. Carnauba wax is also very expensive if it is purified to a high grade level (#1 white or yellow are the highest). Many waxes on the market advertise themselves as “100% Carnauba wax”, this is completely misleading since 100% Carnauba wax could not even be applied to your paint!

While chemists have tried to duplicate the natural properties of Carnauba wax with polymer waxes, in my opinion they come up short on two levels. First, they tend to absorb water thereby causing clouding on the paint. Secondly, you have no idea what is in them, how they will react to touching rubber, acrylic windshields, chrome, billet or leather. It is personal preference, but I have tried a bunch of products on my bike and find Carnauba wax to give my paint the deepest shine -especially on dark paint (black especially).

Paste or Spray Wax for my Motorcycle?

Again this is personal preference but I go with the paste wax for my motorcycle. The reason spray wax is easier to work with is that it contains a much smaller amount of Carnauba wax and a higher concentration of solvents in order to get out of the spray can. Since there is not a lot of paint on a motorcycle, the extra time I use in rubbing the paste wax onto the surface is really not that much. This concentration-issue is also the reason why the paste wax is more expensive than a spray bottle of wax.