Chain Cleaning Interval

Lurch

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May 5, 2014
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I need to go shopping for some bits for cleaning and lubing. If I get an oiler it won't be immediate, so might look at a heavier grease for now as it'll protect better in the wet as it's less likely to wash off. That make sense, or is my reasoning flawed?
 

EDcase

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Jan 26, 2016
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I need to go shopping for some bits for cleaning and lubing. If I get an oiler it won't be immediate, so might look at a heavier grease for now as it'll protect better in the wet as it's less likely to wash off. That make sense, or is my reasoning flawed?
I've heard mixed reports about the (auto)oilers in that they can be fiddly to get constant and if they over lube then will splatter oil everywhere off the chain.
This was a few years ago so probably have improved since then but look for some reviews etc.
 

EDcase

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While on the subject I'll mention that a wet bike shouldn't be put in a closed space like a garage as the moisture will stay in the air and can condense inside the engine at night*.
*Depending on atmos conditions of course
 

ChunksLife

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i personally use muck off chain lube and cleaner i like the silicone based wax plus it smells like sherbet i clean and re lube my chain every time i clean my bike the stretch in a chain depends on what kind of chain and how you ride and distance so i cant suggest when you tighten it i check my chain before i ride to see the slack .
 

SighBored

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I ride a
2012 Kawasaki ZX-6R
I am the worst when it comes to cleaning chain, but I do lube it regularly. I use the Q-Plus chain lube. Cheap, works well, doesn't get your under-tail all dirty with oil flicks. Currently running the chain for more than 32k kms, still going strong, but about time for a replacement, mainly due to the sprocket wearing down, but the chain itself is in good condition.

However I will changing the entire set, chain and sprockets when the time comes.
 

Reize

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Jan 20, 2016
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DRZ400SM / Shadow 400 ACE / ZX6R
I've always been taught to do a clean and grease every 500kms or after some wet riding. Its usually 2 or 3 weeks riding for me, so she gets a wash after degreasing the chain, then gets a grease. All set for her next thrashing lol
Placing arbitrary numbers is pretty pointless IMO. Good practice but pointless.

Especially dirt heavy roads, wet climates can shorten the intervals required, but cleaner asphalt roads and dry climates can increase the intervals. Also depending on how heavy the chain is used and the type of bike, sometimes you just don't need that much maintenance.

My 153cc FZ16 was made to withstand the dirt roads of India, but i ride in the cleaner streets of Singapore. I scrub and lube the chain once every 3 months and it's still going strong.
 

HappyRider

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Fort me its once every 500kms or so, clean and lube. Or if it rains then I clean and lube. I use chain wax since it tends to flick of less
 
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Clint Love

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I ride a
2007 Ducati 1098s
I use this DuPont stuff that works really well. Better than Chain Wax, at least for me. I add some any time I think the chain looks dry, usually right after a ride, so the chain is warm. No certain set of miles. I clean the chain and re-oil it every time I do the back tire, which is about 4000 or 5000 miles, give or take. I have it up on the stand with the wheel off, so it's the perfect time. The chain should be good for 10,000-12,000 miles, but I've had them last longer than that with no damage to the sprockets.
 
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Pigs

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Admin of a motorcycle forum and never lubed a chain before? Can we really trust this "lurch" guy?

I use kerosene($10 for a gallon which lasts forever) and off the shelf chain lube every 300-500 miles. I also use a grunge brush to clean

Chains do stretch and wear overtime(some people don't believe this) and before anyone says anything, no, WD40 is not a lube. Works great as a solvent and cleaning chains, but why buy a can of WD40(or chain cleaner) for as much you can get a gallons worth of kerosene(which service manuals say to use)
 

Lurch

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Hey! I bought a shaft driven bike, much less messing about, I've taken a step backwards to mingle with the peasants, just to improve myself, so you should be grateful ;)
 
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BluePixel

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ZX9R
I clean mine when I can be bothered. I use a chain oiler so it's always kept lubed and cleaned on the go so manually cleaning it isn't really a necessity but I do it now and again when cleaning the bike.
 

SwissMotard

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The oiler keeps it clean?!
Kind of.

You definitely still have to clean your chain properly, but not as often as the oiler uses a very fluid oil that flings off the chain more than waxes or sticky oils. In doing so it takes some of the crap with it.

It is 100% not a substitute for cleaning your chain though.
 

Lurch

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I don't plan on using it as a substitute for maintenance, but if it keeps the chain cleaner in general, then that's preventative between cleanings. Popped the Triumph to my local trusted mechanic for a once over yesterday, clean bill of health - but they cleaned and related my chain FOC for me while it was in which was very nice of them! Saves me a job for now :)
 

Lurch

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Other thing about oilers - my nuts and bolts are really close to the edge of the sprocket, hoping that I can actual safely fit one to it without the nozzle getting damaged.
 

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