Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Twin Cities, MN, USA
If you have the benefit of a center stand (worth the cost just for chain maintenance), but the bike up on the stand.
I use a small plastic scrub brush, think overgrown tooth brush (which would work, too). I put literally about one-two teaspoons of kerosene in an old spray paint can cap, dip the brush in the kero, and scrub a section of chain. Roll the rear wheel to the next section and repeat, until you've gone all the way around the chain.
Then I use those blue shop paper towels to vigorously scrub the remaining kero and gunk from the chain by hand. Caution- keep your fingers away from that rear sprocket!!! Get going to fast and you can get bit. But, I also try to get the rag near the sprocket teeth to get any accumulation off those as well with the rag.
After I'm done with that, I put the spray tube for the Dupont spray mentioned before right on the chain rollers along the bottom section of chain on the top/inner surface of the chain rollers, GENTLY press the spray button (so just a partial trickle of spray comes out, not full pressure to keep it from spraying everywhere, like on the rear brake) and run the spray tube down the chain. I also cradle the chain with a rag right where I'm spraying, to catch overspray. The spray lube is meant for chain roller-to-sprocket contact, and the Dupont lube has not only teflon, but molybdenum, which is a high stress metal-on-metal lube that you find in gear lubes, etc., so it's going to do a good job on the chain and sprockets. The chain has permanently sealed lube inside the plates and rollers, so the spray isn't critical here.
Roll the rear wheel a few times by hand to spread the lube, and rag off the excess quickly/lightly.
I do this about every 500-700 miles, and after you've done it a few times you'll have the job done in under 5 minutes.
A box of nitrile rubber gloves works great to keep the funk off your hands. Don;t use latex, they will dissolve fast from the kero and spray lube.
Twin Cities, MN, USA
'18 DL650XT, previously '07 DL650 and others
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