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Old 10-12-2009, 11:55 AM   #1
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This is not a thread about sissy bicycles. This is a thread about motorcycles.

I was just curious about what you guys use to clean and lube your chain with. Being this is my first season on my bike, I don't know alot of the stuff I probably should. I only recently discovered that lubing the chain is something you are supposed to do regularly. Now my chain is starting to get some minor surface rust and I'd like to get it cleaned up before I throw the cover on it for the winter. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 10-12-2009, 12:02 PM   #2
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Just a FYI..http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1855667

But to answer you question, go wash it off and lube your chain. Next is it injected or carbed? If carbed you will want to drain out the gas in your float bowls. Next add in Stable gas treatment to your tank.
Congrats you are now ready to store your bike.
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Old 10-12-2009, 12:11 PM   #3
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I'm aware of that thread. There's 4xx posts in that thread. I have skimmed through it, but maybe I'm blind and just didn't see it. What do you use to wash it off with? Just soap and water? Do you recommend anything to scrub it with specifically to get the rust off? My bike is FI. I made sure I got one that was FI so I wouldn't have to deal with carbs. I already planned on getting some stable.
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Old 10-12-2009, 12:14 PM   #4
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Car wash. As you are about to lube your chain it's ok to give it a blast. Make sure your chain lube is with you for after your wash. Also when was the last time you adjusted your chain?
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Old 10-12-2009, 12:32 PM   #5
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Ehhhh, adjust?
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Old 10-12-2009, 02:20 PM   #6
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carb cleaner is such a good degreaser it's not even funny. when i worked at the honda dealership i got good at cleaning bikes haha. put it up on a stand so the rear wheel is off the ground and spin it while hitting it with carb cleaner. then take a bistle brush/similar and spin the wheel again. you can actually buy a chain brush. it has 3 sides to it that are adjustable for different sized chains, it will get the top and sides at the same time. that should take care of the surface rust. then definitely lube it up after and just run around the block to get it worked throughout the chain. should be good to go.
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Old 10-12-2009, 02:59 PM   #7
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Cool, I'll check one of the bike shops around and see if they have one of those brushes. Thanks.
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Old 10-12-2009, 04:11 PM   #8
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This is not a thread about sissy bicycles. This is a thread about motorcycles.
So I can't post my pics of my super tight hipster pants in this thread
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Old 10-12-2009, 04:48 PM   #9
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Old 10-13-2009, 04:39 AM   #10
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I don't clean or maintain my chain
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Old 10-13-2009, 10:57 AM   #11
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Belt drive FTW. Less adjusting, and no lube. Not that that helps you out.

I know you asked about motorcycle chains, and have been given about as good of an answer as I can give, but I have used brake cleaner, with great results, on my sissy bicycle chains to get all of the crud off before lubing them. Just be careful with the carb cleaner or brake cleaner that you don't get them on any painted or plastic surfaces. If you do, get it cleaned off quickly before you damage the part.
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:21 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the input guys. I went out yesterday and bought some degreaser, chain lube, one of those cool looking 3-sided wire brushes, some stable and a bike cover. Sometime this week I'll have to head over to a car wash and spray it down. Again, thanks for the help.

I guess the next thing I'll have to figure out is how to adjust the chain.
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:31 PM   #13
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I use kerosene to clean the chain then just any kind of chain lube to lube it back up.
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:55 PM   #14
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I use the simple green concentrate and spray down the chain thoroughly. I take a cloth and spin the rear wheel by hand (bike is on a stand) and wipe off the chain. I repeat this process a couple more times. I then rinse the chain off and wipe it dry. I then start the bike up and put it in 3rd and let the wheel spin for a few minutes to warm up the chain a bit, and then I spray it with Chain Wax.
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i just look at mine and realize there is no belt or chain!
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Thanks for all the input guys. I went out yesterday and bought some degreaser, chain lube, one of those cool looking 3-sided wire brushes, some stable and a bike cover. Sometime this week I'll have to head over to a car wash and spray it down. Again, thanks for the help.

I guess the next thing I'll have to figure out is how to adjust the chain.
Just remember to check your chain slack after you apply the chain wax/lube. Also some chain lubes may damage o-ring chains. I use a chain wax on my o-ring chain.
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:02 PM   #17
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i just look at mine and realize there is no belt or chain!
Shaft driven.

How much chain slack is acceptable? I should be fine with the lube I picked out. It's Belray brand, SuperClean Chain Lube. On the front it says o ring safe. Although, when you say o ring, I'm not sure what you mean
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Old 10-14-2009, 01:34 AM   #18
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Shaft driven.
That's what she said!
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Shaft driven.

How much chain slack is acceptable? I should be fine with the lube I picked out. It's Belray brand, SuperClean Chain Lube. On the front it says o ring safe. Although, when you say o ring, I'm not sure what you mean
O rings are a rubber that helps to quite the chain and make it smoother for the ride.
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That's what she said!
That was too easy of a set up.
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Old 10-18-2009, 11:49 AM   #20
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Shaft driven.

How much chain slack is acceptable? I should be fine with the lube I picked out. It's Belray brand, SuperClean Chain Lube. On the front it says o ring safe. Although, when you say o ring, I'm not sure what you mean
The o-rings also kee contamination (ie.dirt and water) from getting in between the pins and the rollers of the chain. From what I have read a lot of the wear on chains is caused by this contamination wearing in between the rollers and pins, so an o-ring chain while being quieter will also usually last longer because it will not get as much crap in there to wear things out.

Good luck, and ejnoy the riding.
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