It's been over 20 years since I've owned a chain driven motorcycle. What do you all recommend for chain maintenance for the new wee? Any recommended type / brand of lube? And how often do you use it? What is the lifespan of a chain if the motorcycle is driven moderately?
Thanks for any advice or information.
There have been several threads about chain maintenance and i think here is what you wil likely come across:
Facotry recommends cleaning with Kerosense and lubing every 600 miles/1000 KM
Many people recommend Using a Teflon based spray as it doesn't attract dirt.
Some people will not do anything to their chains
Some will use WD40.
When people give you the above (or any) recommendations ask them how long their chains last. You will probably find that most chains doing any of the above last in the 20,000 to 30,000 mile range. My first two chains on my 2006 DL650 lasted 21,000 and 23,500 miles following what the manufacturer recommends.
My third chain was replaced at 46,500 miles and had some useful life left in it. I never cleaned that chain as cleanigng the chain does nothing usefull, but lubed it with Wurth HHS2000 every time I filled up the tank and after every ride in the rain. The HHS200 makes a mess, but it works. (The forth chain is still on the 2006 with 35,000 miles and lots of life but the bike is essentially retired so may not see any more mileage.)