i try to clean the chain on my 2009 wee after every other gas fillup which is generally between 300-400 miles.
sometimes i do a wipe down with wd40, other times with a motorcycle chain degreaser but this morning, for the first time, i used paint thinner.
i put on a pair of latex gloves (which is something i have just started wearing to keep my hands cleaner and to preventive funky stuff from getting on my skin).
i then soaked an old cotton rag-a worn white sock-and loosely held the chain as i spun the back wheel.
as i said, i have been pretty good with chain maintenance so my chain is never full of gunk but the thinner down right made it shine.
i was pretty surprised.
i soaked another spot on the sock and did another spin of the tire but this time in the opposite direction.
i then took the other sock of the worn pair and dried off the obvious residue of the thinner.
with the bike's rear tire raised by a pit bull stand, i ran the back wheel in 1st gear for five minutes.
with the chain sorta warmed, i then squirted my current chain lube, liquid performance, onto the chain in one direction and again, in the other.
liquid performance: Liquid Performance Chain Lube - webBikeWorld
i used a different spot on the second sock to lightly sop up any extra spray and then waited five minutes for the spray to dry.
after five minutes, i ran the bike again in first gear for three minutes as i cleaned up and i must say, the chain looked darn good, way shinier than before.
from start to finish including wait times and me standing to stretch, maybe 20 minutes.
paint thinner...who knew?