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Old 07-30-2014, 01:11 AM   #1
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MAINTENANCE : air filter & chain degrease/lube : how often?

Hello gents

I realize that if I've only been on the road (I've a dual sport street legal KTM 500 EXC) I don't need to change air filter or degrease & lube the chain.

I'm wondering about after doing a desert ride.
I did an hour yesterday at the desert.

I checked the filter while washing the bike. It was still 90% in the original oil color.
I.e: I could tell the oil coating hadn't depleted much.
So I skipped a filter change.


So how often do you gents change the air filter & degrease/lube your chains?

I'm not lazy & have no issue doing the above after every desert ride. But maybe it's overkill?
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Old 07-30-2014, 04:43 AM   #2
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degrease- never. just wipe it off with wd40 on a rag and reapply used motor oil, wipe off excess and ride.

air filter- if it's not bright shiny red (oiled) after the last ride it gets cleaned and oiled.

filters are the engines life on display. chains, blah, they need replacing when they need replacing.
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Old 07-30-2014, 05:08 AM   #3
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degrease- never. just wipe it off with wd40 on a rag and reapply used motor oil, wipe off excess and ride.

air filter- if it's not bright shiny red (oiled) after the last ride it gets cleaned and oiled.

filters are the engines life on display. chains, blah, they need replacing when they need replacing.
I see your point.

I think we come from different schools of thought.

The manual says to clean and then use chain spray.
The KTM boutique said degrease (clean) and lube (chain spray).

I guess we're not disputing the method.

I'm curious about the frequency.

What are people's habits generally?
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:04 AM   #4
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if it's dry, clean and lube
if it's wet, wipe off excess.
if it's dirty start over.
the preride check does wonders
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:28 AM   #5
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I clean the filter every time I wash the bike, which for me is any time I ride for about a full day in the dirt. Same deal with the chain. I only clean it with wd-40 after I wash it, otherwise I just spray it with chain lube before I take off.
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