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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mysticbus, Jul 10, 2018.
I used to use this on my mountain bike!
That is my favorite chain lube.
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You don't understand it? What, the twice-monthly need to squat down beside the bike, on a spool-stand, with an old toothbrush, chain cleaner, chain lube, paper-towel roll... to do the nasty?
The concern, on dirty roads?
The fear, when you hear that chain start sounding on its race?
You don't get, the LIBERATION of just changing rear-end oil once a season or whatever?
I use Walmart Dupont Teflon aerosol chain spray lube-comes in two sizes. I have a cheapo ebay Chinese chain brush for that once in season clean up but usually don't need that for pavement.
I absolutely despise chain lubes that fling off. I've been using Maxima chain wax for years, but on my Ducati Scrambler, its chain is just about toasted at 12k miles. I've never worn out a chain that fast. Still using Maxima every 500 miles, still keeping the tension correct. I don't understand why this particular chain is biting the dust so fast. My previous chains went 18-20K. This chain is shedding all of its o-rings and developing a ton of stiff links.
So thinking about changing chain lubes, but so many of them say they don't fling off but do. The BelRay super clean is good to go, huh?
That's interesting, think you might have an alignment issue?
I am meticulous about using the alignment marks on the swingarm when R&Ring the real wheel or adjusting tension. It's possible the alignment marks are innacurate. I need to buy a chain alignment tool to be sure I guess.
Try the other Maxima. Crystal Clear it's called. I soak the chain, let it fling off, wipe it down once & that's it. So it flings off, BFD
I got 38 K miles out of my 138 HP sport bike with it, but I think a lot has to do with the chain itself. Some guys do well with WD-40. Not going to try it.
Think 'lowest bidder" and suddenly, the picture will come into focus.
I used to do this when I was first starting out. How I cringe thinking back now.
Some of us ride much more than a typical rider, and thus a neglected chain will not last a few years. Maybe a few months.
I wondered that but was informed the stock chain is a DID.
Like every well respected name, there are products built to a price point. OEM's drive it way down.
Chain MODEL name should be on the side plates as well. Whatcha got?
I use the same math, but with one addition....I havent had to adjust the tension on my Africa Twin in 14k miles. I have not had to touch the chain in 14k miles, I think twice I cleaned it with wd40 just to make it shiny :) My chain is ALWAYS quiet. Here is my secret......
I also used the same oiler on my NC700 for 30k miles. Takes 10 minutes to install, no vacuum or electric parts:
I usually refill about every 3k miles. My swingarm or wheel has no oil residue:
Modern o-ring chains are pretty robust. A light clean/lube every 500 miles or so should suffice. Rain seemed to cause some rusting/kinking if I wasn't good about lubing afterwards.
I would expect a crap chain on a jap bike but euro trash usally comes with quality , my Duc had a did x ring , the KTM came with top of the line Xring , 30 to 40,000 mile chains on a high performance dirt capable bike I didn't ride th Duc long enough to ever look at what was on it . I think the Cagivas came with RK . I ran it aroud 25,000 but that was before I discovered bar oil so it got spray oil .
So you expect a crap chain on a "Jap" bike? Where do you think the best chains are made?
They might make them there to sell to you as aftermarket but the mc manufacturers do not buy top of the line to sell you when you buy your bike , that's up to you . I'd be willing to bet you a buck no jap bike will come with a X ring chain when new . But I don't know for sure , I've never bought one . All my bike were built with quality parts when I bought them .
So are the "jap" parts that come on every KTM quality ?
Edit . Looks like your Ducati even comes with "jap" parts .
They definitely do. Not all, I'm sure, but plenty do