i use filter cleaner from the local bike/parts shop.spray it on let it soak for 10 minutes and rinse it off with the water hose-envirementally safe too.i dont like the smell or the hassle of any mineral spirits or such,i would rather spray it on/hose it off.some use some soap and water mix.i also use the spray can filter for the oiling of my filter afterwards.
I use a product from K & N. Its there air filter cleaner it comes with Two cans one cleans it ( spray it on wait 20 minutes wash it off ) when its dry the other one sprays on a thin layer of oil. It works very good and doesn't cost very much.
I have a DuraBlue foam dual filter, (same as Banshee). I wash it in petrol, leave it to dry for 20 mins, then I soak it in filter oil. I also put on a filterskin over it "dry" to catch all items over 0.005micron.
I must say, they have never found a spec of dirt inside my carb at service time. I also clean the filter after every 10 hours of riding.
I am told the reason the manual says no gasoline, is to prevent an accident and Yamaha being sued. It works well and evaporates quickly, which is important before you oil it!
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