What do I do with this damn chain?

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  1. mysticbus

    mysticbus Mysticbus

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    So I have had well over a hundred bikes in my 45 years of riding. When I was young they all had chains, and I did jack squat, I just rode the piss out of all of them.
    I got into BMW's around 28 years ago, and haven't had a chain since, so I have gotten quite good at final drive repairs and maintenance.

    I just recently bought my very first brand new motorcycle. A 2018 Africa Twin Adventure Sport DCT. And it has a chain.
    I have about 200 miles on it now, and it is about 10 days old.
    I have no idea what to do with this chain. Hard to believe something so basic has completely escaped me.
    How often should I clean and lube it... what should I use?

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  2. Bovino

    Bovino Been here awhile

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    Clean and lube as necessary. Look at it now - that's how it could look all the time. That's it.
    Slack as stated in manual, or the good old two fingers up and down.
    I don't do rain or dirt on my road bike, so one clean after 5k kms is enough. No rule if yer offroading the thing. Water crossings, sand etc. all come into play.
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  3. Sleepyc

    Sleepyc I have a Moto Boner!

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    On my bikes that have chains I follow this method. (Many people will do many different things, but this seems to work for me)
    If I am riding in the dry, clean... then lube every 500 miles with a nice chain lube.

    If riding in slop, rain, mud etc... I do one of the following. Keep a can of 4D-40 with me. (And NO it does not harm a chain, even o-ring, or x-ring) when I'm done riding if there is mud everywhere wash it off. Then spray with WD-40. If I'm out where i can't really wash the chain off, just do your best to get as much mud and gunk off and then spray with WD-40. This will keep the chain from rusting or going dry during your extended ride, or if you get home late and just want to sleep. Then when you get some time, give the chain a good cleaning and a good lube.

    Nice bike btw.
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  4. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Don't get into habit of putting bike on center stand and cleaning it in gear...

    I also ran with scissors when I was younger.
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  5. tominboise

    tominboise Long timer

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    I have several gallons of kerosene and a chain brush. I wash it down every now and then with the kero and brush. In between i will periodically lube with whatever leftover spray I find on my shelf. Leftover ATF on a rag works well, too.
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  6. mysticbus

    mysticbus Mysticbus

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    Gotta get me some Kerosene then, I guess figure out what kind of lube I want to use.
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  7. whisperquiet

    whisperquiet Motorcyclist

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    mysticbus Mysticbus

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  9. outty

    outty (☞゚ヮ゚)☞

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    Keep it clean, keep it oiled w/ whatever suits your fancy and keep it at the manufacturers recommended tension. Make sure to check the tension as instructed (usually unloaded on the side stand) and it should last you a long time.
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  10. nevermind

    nevermind Slower, then Molasses

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    On the sandbar called Florida, you need to keep the chain clean and adjusted. It is an o-ring chain and lubed internally. It doesn't help to coat it with sticky goo. You can use a teflon based spray or other spray that stays DRY in order to keep sand from becoming impregnated into the lube. You can use a light coating on exterior of the chain to help keep rust away, but a quick wipedown after washing will do the same thing. After washing, dry the chain off with a quick ride.

    https://www.amazon.com/DuPont-Teflon-Non-Stick-Dry-Film-Lubricant/dp/B018FTA5WA
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  11. mitchapalooza

    mitchapalooza Rider is Air-cooled

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    This.

    I did it too.


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  12. Johann

    Johann commuterus tankslapperus

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    You will probably be surprised how long modern chains last and little adjustment they need. Might need a tweak or two in the first 1000 miles, then probably nothing for 15-20k miles. At some point after that it will start to need regular adjustment which is the indication that it´s on the way out. That is for a bike used on road, if used heavily offroad the mileage will be less. I normally put on lube about every 200 miles, always at the end of the day, but doubling that wouldn´t be a problem depending on where the bike is used.
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  13. concours

    concours WFO for 44 years

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    I prefer chain lube with Moly.
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    Google it. Short for molybdenum.
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    Schmokel I got peed on today.

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  15. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    Do nothing.
    I sometimes hose the mud off of it, and spray some lube on it. But I don't think it is all necessary.
    Adjust tension as needed.

    There has been documentation of chains that have been maintained vs not. Wear was about the same.

    Further reading on this below. Non maintaned chain about 25% shorter life.
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    JeepDawg Long timer

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    You will also get to the point where you can hear the chain when it's dry. It just sounds different and noisier than when it's fully lubed.
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    concours WFO for 44 years

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    Or tents.
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  18. concours

    concours WFO for 44 years

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    Horseshit.
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    MrPulldown Long timer

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  20. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    OK I found the post where this was mentioned so that I could reread the details. Yes a maintained chain will wear better/longer. By about 25%. OP decided that it was not worth the effort. I have read other similar accounts. My take away was, do what you want with chain maintenance. But it is not super critical with modern o-ring chains, that they need to be cleaned and lubed religiously.
    https://advrider.com/index.php?threads/dr350-thread.230695/page-1994#post-29391047
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