Sham Wow vs The Absorber – Product Review

Sham Wow is a Scam Wow

Guys know that when you wash a car or motorcycle you need to dry off the water before the sun to avoid water spots. I’m not sure if chicks know this. I’m not sure when or how I learned this; which leads me to believe it might be a genetic instinct.

To clean your motorcycle right you need a good chamois cloth. Chamois leather originated in the 1800’s when it was found out that if prepared properly the skin of the European Antelope known as Chamois would create a non abrasive and super absorbant cloth. Our genetic disposition to out perform each other means that today’s man (whether biker, hot rodder or boater) requires the edge on his competition. To outshine the other guy it is necesary to have a good chamois in your cleaning bucket.

Many of you are familiar with the Sham Wow from television infomercial fame. My findings at this point are that the Sham Wow is a scam wow.  Until well worn the new Sham Wow will leave little particles of orange sham wow hair on your motorcycle. Not a good side affect when you’re trying to reach the ultimate shine on your scooter. Chicks don’t dig a furry Harley. The Sham Wow does not absorb very well for the purpose of wiping down your bike after a good cleaning. In my opinion it barely works at all in this capacity. However I do believe that it will suck up a whole puddle of water it you let it sit there. But it doesn’t take the water off your mirror in a single wipe which is what you need for cleaning a motorcycle.

The Absorber

I find the typical synthetic chamois such as the commonly sold Absorber works a hundred times better. You can buy these cheap at most anywhere in a variety of colors. I have seen them at Walmart, K-Mart, automotive stores and at my local automotive dealer’s service department.

I apologize in advance for using the four wheeled Mustang as the backdrop for this product review. I cleaned it today and was inspired to finally write this piece on the crappy Sham Wow vs the all powerful synthetic chamois known as The Absorber!