I take great pride in cleaning my motorcycle. I will spend hours brushing, scraping, polishing and spraying all sorts of products until my bike looks like it belongs in a showroom.
However, when it comes to drying the bike, a microfibre cloth and some sort of DIY stick underneath to get in between the engine fins is quite frankly an absolute nightmare.
This is why a good motorcycle dryer is the way forward; it will blow any water out of the deepest recesses to ensure it doesn’t settle anywhere and cause rust or corrosion.
So, let’s take a look at some of the best options available.
Bruhl MD1900+ Single Turbine Dryer
The MD1900+ from Bruhl sits in the middle of the range of their motorcycle dryers.
The total power of the motor is 2100W when used with the heat function, which is made up of 1600W Turbine power and an extra 500W for heat function.
The additional heat setting on the MD1900+ makes it a very practical dryer, the extra heat will help evaporate water that has settled in the deepest recesses in those hard to reach places.
Additionally, the heat function is particularly useful in colder weather.
The dryer comes with an extra-long lead, which is Hi-Vis, and the actual hose expands up to 3.5m.
Therefore, even those with the biggest of touring motorcycles should find the dryer capable of getting everywhere on the bike without too much trouble.
All the air blown through the dryer is filtered to ensure only clean air is hitting the bike.
While the motor is powerful it is surprisingly quiet when in use.
Quality is taken seriously by Bruhl and every component feels premium, the hose is sturdy and the unit itself while compact has a weight to it so it won’t fall all over the place as you work.
- Ease of use
- Heated air function
- Long hose and 3 extra attachments
- Bit Pricey
ZanGe Motorcycle Power Dryer
The ZanGe dryer has a powerful 2800W motor and you can adjust the air temperature from 30 degrees to 60 degrees.
It is a quiet dryer as the intended use is to dry pets, but this is a little bonus for those of us who want to keep a level of calm when working on our bikes.
The hose extends to 2.5m and you get 3 different nozzle attachments.
You also have a 2 stage airflow setting, so you can turn up the power if you are trying to get to a tight spot behind a fairing for example.
The airflow and heat adjustments make it easy for you to be able to use the dryer in multiple ways and not just for your bike; if you have a dog, it could be the perfect addition for after bathtime.
The power lead could be longer, so you will likely need to use an extension lead.
- Adjustable heat and airflow settings
- Excellent value
- Power lead on the short side
Bruhl MD2800 Pro Dual Turbine Dryer
Bruhl made our list with their top of the line dryer, the MD2800 Pro which features a dual turbine system.
I can hear some of you now, why would you need a twin-turbine?
Well, some of us aren’t satisfied with just one motorcycle and therefore this dryer is perfect for those who have multiple vehicles to get through.
It has a beefy industrial design, built to be hard-wearing and put to good use.
The MD2800 Pro does not have heat assist settings, but that is because the twin turbines generate heat as the air passes through into the hose and so the air is warmed naturally through the process.
The hose length extends up to 3m and it comes with an extra-long Hi-Vis power lead.
Maybe you have a big Harley Davidson Road King, or you have a family of dirt bikes in the garage, or a pristine 1966 BSA alongside your car collection; in any of those scenarios the MD2800 Pro might just be the dryer for you.
- Industrial level quality and design
- Excellent amount of power
- Great for use with multiple bikes/vehicles
Gravitis 3.2HP Motorbike Dryer
The Gravitis Motorbike Dryer is another pretty good option with 2800W of power, 3 nozzle attachments and it is also equipped with speed/temperature settings.
The long length power cable is 8m in length and the hose can expand to just over 3m.
This makes it ideal for use without any extension leads, and the hose should be able to get around most motorcycles with no bother.
One note is that the hose does get hot quickly when using the hot air setting, so it is best to take a break in use if working over a prolonged period of time.
This dryer also is quite loud compared to the other options, some people may find wearing ear protection is the best bet with this dryer.
- Long hose and cable
- Hose gets quite warm
There are just a few things to consider when buying a motorcycle dryer including whether you want it to blow hot air and how powerful the motor needs to be.
To help you make the right choice we have pulled together some key things to look out for and to take into consideration before you make a purchase.
Here are my top tips for buying a motorcycle dryer:
Hot air/cold air or both?
Having a dryer that can blow warm air is beneficial especially in colder weather as the heat will help to evaporate any water on your bike as well as blow it away; it will also keep your hands warm when working in the cold.
However, it is not essential as providing the dryer has a good quality motor then it will get the job done by blowing the water away regardless.
Power is key, you don’t need a dryer that could be used as a leaf blower for your whole street, but you do need it to be effective.
Upwards of 2000W is where you should be looking as a guide.
Other things to look out for is how long the power lead is, how long the hose is, and whether the dryer has a handle for carrying.
It is these kinds of features that make all the difference between the job being done quickly and efficiently or becoming annoying.
A dryer that has multiple nozzle attachments is super useful as it means that you can concentrate the air in certain directions to fully dry your motorcycle.
Adjustable attachments, heat and air settings will also mean you can find other uses for the dryer, such as drying your car or your pets.
In some ways, a motorcycle dryer is something you never knew you needed until you take the plunge and buy one.
After that you will never look back, it is the best way to keep your bike protected from water damage and also from scratches etc. from towelling the bike dry.
The Bruhl MD1900+ is a great dryer that will get the job done with no fuss and is a quality product that will last you a long time.
If you don’t want to spend quite so much, the ZanGe is a solid alternative with adjustable settings offering good value for money.