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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-25-2016, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Chain Lube

This afternoon, I went on a long ride with a friend down A1A here in Florida (he rides a '07 Shadow 1100 Sabre). It was in the mid-70s here and sunny - perfect riding weather. Rode a total of about 200 miles over the course of maybe six hours, far and away the farthest and longest I've ridden in a single day.

Anyway, to cut to the chase, a couple days ago, I cleaned and lubed my chain. I used some spray chain degreaser to clean it, and once that was done, I used Champion Chain Lube Spray. It's white, so I assume it's lithium grease. But today, on the last leg of my trip, I noticed that my chain was squeaking, as though the lube had run dry. As soon as I got home, I applied a nice coat of synthetic motor oil to the chain, then went for a quick spin just to ascertain that this was the problem - sure enough, the squeak was gone.

So to that end, what are everyone's thoughts on using motor oil as a chain lubricant? I'm pretty sure I"m done using the lithium stuff, given how quickly it ran dry. Any particular types or brands of lube that anyone would like to wholeheartedly endorse?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-26-2016, 02:47 AM
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i use DUPONT chain degreaser and DUPONT chain saver dry lubricant. i clean/lube my chain every 600 miles and do 200-300 mile rides often but avereage 100 miles per ride. i've never had a "squeaky" chain but had to replace the original stock chain @ around 17,000 miles due to stretch. i also use a TIROX 360 brush to clean / scrub and a GREASE NINJA lubrication aplicator to put the lube on the chain.
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if you check the manual it says :
'use O ring specific chain lube. if it's not available use SAE 80/90 gear oil'.

Champion chain lube spray is actually multi purpose lithium grease. it doesn't even specify motorcycle.

by understanding the manual instructions we can loosely assume that SAE 80/90 gear oil is actually better than any other non o-ring specific chain lubes.

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I use Motul C2+ chain lube with teflon. However, I'm looking into installing automatic chain oiler this winter. It's definitely a worth investment.

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There are already a number of threads on what people use to lube their chains.

I found the best degreaser is kerosene. Cheap as and once you filter it through a rag can be reused. Kero does not affect the orings.

Chain wax is my lube of choice. one can goes a long way. Does not fling off.

Chain lubed every 500km.

Chain degreased every 1500 - 2000km

My chain has not required adjustment in 8500KM.

It is as simple as that.
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WD-40 is a good product to clean the chain with. I lube my chain with chain wax about every 200 miles or so. I often get 30,000 miles out of my chain and 60,000 miles out of my sprockets. I just flip them over at 30,000 miles. This bike is using a light duty 520 chain so I don't think I'll get that typical 30,000 miles on this chain. Probably be more like close to 20,000 miles. I find flipping the sprockets (been doing that for over 10 years) help save cost.

I tend to pile miles on bikes especially since I retired. Ride almost everyday these days. Have family/X military friends living all over the country, so I'm known to jump on one of my bikes and drive half way across the country, just for the **** of it, because I can. LOL.

I go through chains, oil, tires like tic tacs. I buy tires by who ever have the best deal and the best price on the net. Run back tires down to the canvas. Been doing that for years and never have had a blow out or one slip out.
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DuPont Chain Saver. Many bikes, many years. Teflon is the best. Why use the wax crap that holds on to dirt?


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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-26-2016, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Karl Hungus View Post
Any particular types or brands of lube that anyone would like to wholeheartedly endorse?
I use kerosin to clean the chain and ChainWax to lube. Attempt to do so every 1000km or so. I hear this is the best combination and many who land on it eventually agree with this. Very budget and effective.
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An alternative (not for the faint of heart) that is messy, but works, is lubing with ATF. I lube every 100-200 miles when just using the bike around town, and twice a day (~every 200 miles) when touring.

But, I have a centerstand, and carry a ziplock bag with a nitril glove and another one with a sock top and a bit of Delcron-type automatic transmission fluid (about $12/gallon for the house brand at WalMart), plus a small bottle of ATF to refill the zip bag with the sock top. The saturated sock top is used to lube the chain.

I also use the ATF to lube the clutch cable (dropping bottle) and replace the fork oil every two years.

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Motul chain cleaner and Maxima chain wax. You can't go wrong with this combo.
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