Tiger Chain Lube interval ?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by jphish, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. jphish

    jphish Been here awhile

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    This is a short tail of 2 Tigers - I have a 06' 955 & 11' 800xc. The manual for the 955 stipulates in MAINTENANCE CHART (pg 53 of owners manual - yes, I actually read the damn things) every 200 mi - yet in verbage on "chain lubrication" (pg 63) suggests 500 mi ? So Triumph Manual is a bit inconsistant here. XC manual indicates consistant 200 mi interval. Anyway... my question is: For you experienced O'ring chain users (Up to now I've mostly had belt or final drives - Uly & ST1300) what is a reasonable interval on pavement / dry weather for chain lube ? I recognize dirt roads & wet conditions would necessitate more frequent lubrication... but 200 mi in dry conditions ?? Thats essentially every gas stop ?! Seems a bit excessive - but willing to consider more experienced council here. Thanks in advance for free advice. j
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  2. MK96xj

    MK96xj 100% Seat Time

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    I shoot for 500 mile intervals but do not get crazy about it. If I miss one I get to it whenever and do not miss sleep over it. My chains consistently last 18-20K mile which I deem pretty good.

    I guess the 200 mile interval is based on speculation of offroad activity.
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  3. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    The more dirt the chain sees, the more often it gets attention.

    I don't obsess about it, though.
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  4. Yukon PER

    Yukon PER Blacksheep

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    Using a chain wax, I lube mine every 250-300 miles. I replaced the original chain at 25,000 miles.
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  5. jphish

    jphish Been here awhile

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    Hey - Thanks fellow 'chain gang' members. I am using my first can of Dupont teflon multi-use dry wax lubricant. Sez "O-ring safe" on can. So assume, other than it's lubricating properties, it at least won't cause any damage. They (Dupont) apparently also make a specific 'chain lube" version ? But not many opt to use it for some reason. j
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  6. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    In my case, I had not used it because it (the chain-specific version) is more difficult to find. My nearby Lowe's stocks the regular teflon spray lube.

    I finally did run across the chain version at a local cycle dealership, so I snagged the last can on the shelf. Have yet to use it but will start to do so at the next opportunity.
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  7. jphish

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    Yossarian - What is the stuff called ? I've only seen (as per your experience) the Multi-use version in the store. I would ask them to order the 'chain' version if it is somehow supperior to what I currently have. Anyone have any experience / comparison with both ? I'm not looking for a 'miracle in a can' - but would like to get 15-20 k out of a set of sprockets / chain & avoid premature replacement.
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  8. Yossarian™

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    It is called Dupont Teflon Chain Saver.

    Here is a link to the product at Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/DuPont-Teflon...P63S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1318270997&sr=8-1

    I balked at buying it through AZ because of the shipping charges.
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  9. ILuvUMan

    ILuvUMan Great American

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    I use silicon spray (from my motocross racing days). Mud, dirt and dust just fall off your chain.

    Lowes is the cheapest, I've found to buy it.

    I just give my chain (where I can see it) a couple bursts of silicone each time I go riding. My chain has 8k on it and looks new. And I like riding in the dirt and mud too. :lol3

    There is also now a new Dupont Teflon Multi-Use Spray. I haven't used it, but I hear it's great.

    http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/motorcycle-chain-lube/dupont-teflon-chain-lube.htm
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  10. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    I've read elsewhere that the Dupont Teflon Chain Saver is the exact same stuff as the Multi-Use lubricant, just in a different package.

    I can attest to the Dupont stuff being a great product. I kept my original Wee-Strom chain lubed with it for over 30,000 miles before finally needing to replace the chain. I attribute this longevity to the Dupont lube.

    --mark
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  11. Yossarian™

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    According to the webbikeworld: "DuPont told us that the newer Chain-Saver lube also uses the same basic formula as the Multi-Use lubricant, but Chain-Saver contains more of both the Teflon and moly for added temperature and pressure resistance. DuPont says that both lubes can withstand temperatures up to 300° F (149° C), and both are listed as "O-ring safe".
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  12. jphish

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    Thanks all - good stuff. & thanks to "ILUVUMAN" for the link to WBW review of the Dupont line of lubes. Didn't know they also have a chain cleaner / degreaser that is well regarded. I think my search is over for a product - here it is. Also appreciate the sage, 'don't worry" advice on lube interval. I generally ride a leisurly 300-400 miles /day on trips (retired & like to smell the roses along the way) So lube at end of riding day, should be adequate. I will now be able to hear the purring of the tiggers, instead of chain noise. TTFN, j
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  13. atomic frog

    atomic frog pavement ends, YEAH!

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    I try to lube my Tigers chain at 500 mile intervals. I use Castrol chain lube. I have 38,000 plus miles and replaced the OEM sprockets and chain at 25,000. I never have had to adjust the chain. I do clean it w/kerosene periodically and relube accordingly.
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  14. tedesco886

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    I find that when I feel my bike is running a bit funny, not shifting or not as smooth as i'd like it, if I lube the chain, all problems are solved. I clean with white gas, rinse quickly with water, dry the snot out of it with air compressor and towel and finally re-lube with silicon spray...#feelsgoodman
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  15. Rob Dirt

    Rob Dirt More or less in line

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    I just bought a can of Dupont Chain stuff at Wal-mart. They had the cleaner too.
    I try to lube my chain every other gas fill up, unless it's visibly dry or kinking.
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  16. ILuvUMan

    ILuvUMan Great American

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    Yes, I read that too. Actually looking forward to trying that new stuff. A can lasts a LONG time and my chain looks like new and doesn't have all that oil dripping off it.

    Ever seen the back rim of those people who put those automatic oil chain drips on? Makes the bike and their chain look like crap.

    Here's a thread I ran into on that new Teflon Chain Lube, if interested... http://www.sportbikes.net/forums/general-sportbikes/355943-dupont-teflon-chain-lube.html
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  17. FishrCutB8

    FishrCutB8 Oh HAI!

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    Stoked that the DuPont is available at my local Wal-Mart. Nice.

    And thanks.
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    some call me...tim Been here awhile

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  19. FishrCutB8

    FishrCutB8 Oh HAI!

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    Crikey! "Hey, we have a winner - lets totally, mess with it." Well done, DuPont.

    The end of the link states:

    So our current favorites are now the Liquid Performance Chain Lube, the Original Bike Spirits, which was the winner of our 2010 Chain Lube Comparison or the Klotz KLR, winner of our 2008 Chain Lube Comparison.


    Thoughts on any of those in relation to the Tiger Roadie?
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  20. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I'm sure I'll get criticized for spending the big bucks, but I put a scottoiler on my bike and never think about. 16,000 miles, and my chain looks great. The best part is I never think about it. Ever. I fill the reservoir when it tells me to. About every 1500 miles and that's it. Did I mention I never think about it:lol3
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