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post #1 of 59 Old 08-03-2009, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Why do we clean chains?

Seriously,

I've seen different threads about how to clean chains, what to use to clean chains, and how often we should clean the chain.

What I'd like to know is just why we clean the chain? I mean, what do we acccomplish by doing so? What are the benefits of doing this?

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post #2 of 59 Old 08-03-2009, 10:05 PM
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Why ? It gets us out of the house and into our domain..... the garage !

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We clean chains to provide some degree of labor that helps us appreciate the joy of riding that much more. Many of us forsake that primitive ritual called washing our bikes, as well as that effete practice of constantly polishing chrome. And the sheer reliability of our bikes robs us of that practice of constantly tightening, adjusting, or replacing parts that is so common with many motorcycles. So cleaning the chain is the least we can do to repay our loyal steeds with all the joy we receive while other motorcyclists are stuck in their garages, toiling away.

Plus it also keeps the rag, brush, and clothing (since I always manage to mess up a shirt or pair of jeans somehow) manufacturers in business.

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Me: "Hi, my name is Terry and I don't clean my chain."

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I change my final drive fluid on the C14......does that count?

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I was very much surprised the other day when a buddy of mine was changing his chain on his klr with like 24k miles. I asked him what he used to maintain his chain. He told me he had never cleaned or lubed it...

I was stunned.

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I DO clean my chain. Not on a scheduled basis, only when I have driven the bike through some nasty stuff, or if I have the time, before I leave on a long trip. I have found that it does help lengthen the life of the chain and sprockets. I use kerosene.

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Chains suck by the way.........

So does replacing a shaft and a final drive, particularly when you are 5,000 miles from home.

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We were drunk and couldn't leave the house? We had an excess of rags that were begging to be defiled? Somebody told us that it would prevent "kinking"? The garage floor needed just the "right" spot? We were semi-drunk and felt the need to work on the bike but not so drunk that we knew better than to actually pick up a tool? Somewhere in there in that pile of pony droppings is the truth.
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I clean my chain every 500-700 miles takes maybe 15 minutes. I'm coming up on 26,000 miles and I'm still on the OEM, so IMO it definitely contributes to chain longevity.

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I DO clean my chain. Not on a scheduled basis, only when I have driven the bike through some nasty stuff, or if I have the time, before I leave on a long trip. I have found that it does help lengthen the life of the chain and sprockets. I use kerosene.
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What gets cleaned and how does it lengthen the life of the chain?

How long did your previous chains last?

..Tom

My Opinion:
Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

My Stroms:
2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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