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Offline CuddyBuddy

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Chain Maintenance
« on: October 23, 2018, 09:29:09 AM »
Been riding for many years, but it's been a long time since I had a chain.  Can I ask you guys your recommendations for chain lubing and chain cleaning?  So far I've been cleaning and lubing about every 1,000 kms (620 miles).  I picked 1,000 kms 'cause it's easy to remember.

Do you clean and lube every time you do chain maintenance?  Do you use a grunge brush when cleaning?  Anything else you'd suggest?

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Re: Chain Maintenance
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2018, 12:27:36 PM »
Every 1000 miles or so I clean my chain using a chain brush with paraffin as a cleanser, I also clean around the rear sprocket at the same time. I haven't cleaned the front sprocket area since owning this bike .... I have now covered over 5000 miles so the front sprocket is due to be cleaned, it's not difficult as I have done it before on my Mk1 Versys 1000........... Weljo has posted a good tutorial for this procedure which is invaluable

I use Wurth non fling chain lubricant from and aerosol and it works very well

I also keep an eye on the chain alignment and tension....  I check the alignment with a Proficat laser measuring guide... others are available
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Re: Chain Maintenance
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2018, 12:31:38 PM »

 I lube every 600 - 800 km and am very lax about cleaning. A few spins through a WD40 soaked rag every once in a while or after a very wet ride is about all mine get.

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Re: Chain Maintenance
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2018, 02:10:36 PM »
I clean and lube about every 500 miles...WD 40 as a cleaner and whatever chain lube is on sale when I buy it.... Ive used just about all of them :001:

lately Ive been using 75/90 gear oil...its a bit messier than actual chain lube but stays on better in the rain.

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Re: Chain Maintenance
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2018, 05:10:58 PM »
Its a Scottoiler for me, I know some don't/can't get on with them but they work really well IMHO and are far easier to live with than lubing every few hundred miles. Other oilers are available  :002:
Also do a chain clean with paraffin once or twice a year.

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Re: Chain Maintenance
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2018, 05:38:54 PM »
600 miles for me. Pull the chain through a T shirt soaked in mineral spirits til it's clean, another pull through some dry T shirt, clean the rear sprocket, Silkolene Pro Chain sprayed and rubbed in with a nitrile gloved hand, a ride to throw off what's going to throw off, then clean up the spatter with the same mineral spirits T shirt.

Everybody does it differently, but I reckon the main thing is, don't let it rust and don't let it load up with black sticky grit.
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Re: Chain Maintenance
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2018, 05:52:42 PM »
I lube my chain about every 500 miles. I clean the chain at about 3500 miles along with the front sprocket & cover.......https://www.versys1000.com/index.php/topic,16555.0.html
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Re: Chain Maintenance
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2018, 06:16:24 PM »
Every 400-500 miles I quickly spray lube the chain with either Dupont ChainSaver or Maxima Chain Wax.  (Takes about 3 minutes.)

Every 1,000 miles (As indicated by the bike's "Trip B" odometer.) I clean the chain with a Grunge Brush & kerosene spray bottle, then use a kerosene soaked rag to fully clean the chain and rear sprocket, finally using a clean dry rag to fully wipe the chain before reapplying lube & wax.  At this interval, I also measure chain slack and adjust as necessary. (Takes me about 20-45 minutes depending on if chain needs adjustment or not.) 

Every 2,000 miles I remove the front sprocket cover and clean both the cover and the front sprocket.  (Takes about 30 minutes.) 

Truthfully, this may be a bit of overkill.  The Versys is the first chain driven motorcycle I've owned since my late teens and I'm a senior middle-aged guy these days.  I'm thinking about stretching the cleaning intervals a bit as I don't ride in the rain or in dusty environments.
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Re: Chain Maintenance
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2018, 06:33:09 PM »
Let's face it: half of this is good disciplined maintenance, and the other half is, we just like to hang out in the garage and futz with the bikes.  :039: :008:
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Re: Chain Maintenance
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2018, 06:48:28 PM »
I don't have a fixed schedule.  More like when I feel like it, haven't done it in a while, chain starts "singing".

I lay down some puppy pads and spray the crap out of it with WD-40 while spinning the wheel.  I mean I really soak it.  Overkill.  I let it drip its grimy mess all over the puppy pads and walk away.  I come back after a while.  If it's stopped dripping, I wipe the excess off the chain with disposable shop rags, old t-shirt, old pair of shorts, whatever is handy and disposable.  Then I walk away again to let it dry.  Spray on some lube (currently Dupont ChainSaver) and that's it.  Oh, and I wipe off the rear sprocket before lubing the chain.  I don't get too particular about that.  It's mostly clean after the WD-40 soaking and just needs to be wiped off.

My theory in really soaking the chain in WD-40 whilst spinning the rear wheel is that the front sprocket is getting cleaned that way too.  Sometimes I use kerosene with a stiff brush before using WD-40 if I really want to go at it.  Why both?  Because I have a container of kerosene in my garage, and what else am I going to use it for now that we have electricity in my city?

These sealed modern O-ring chains don't really require much for longevity.  It's more the sprockets I worry about.
 The exterior of the chain needs to be free of rust, and gunk is an abrasive on the sprockets, so cleaning is good.  And a clean well-lubed chain makes me happy, so there's that.
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