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post #1 of 10 Old 09-13-2009, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaned and Lubed the Chain - 1st time

As a recent owner of an 08 Vee, I've put a little over 500 miles on since purchase and thought it was time for this maintenance. First bike I've owned that has a chain and I've read all the various "how to" posts here. So here was my method.

Put the bike on the center stand and let it run at idle in 1st gear. Liberally sprayed WD40 (yes I've read all the +'s and -"s) on inside and outside of chain, then let the chain run through a clean cloth. I was very careful not to get the cloth snagged. A lot of black dirt came off the chain and after several minutes the chain looked very silver. I then used a similar application method using Dupont Teflon.

After a few hours I took it out for a ride and it "seemed" to run and shift smoother. Since this was my first time with this, is my method ok, it seemed to work, any issues with it.

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post #2 of 10 Old 09-13-2009, 10:28 PM
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A clean chain is a happy chain and it will last a lot longer. Just a word of caution though, and not meaning to be critical of your methods, but if you're cleaning it with the bike in gear be very careful of you may just end up with some part of you in a sprocket. It best to just put the bike in neutral and spin the wheel by hand.

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I second Silverstrom's suggestion to leave the bike in neutral. Makes me cringe just thinking about getting my fingers that close to the chain with the bike running and in gear. I once watched a guy chop the end of his finger off when it got caught in a belt. Split second was all it took. Not pretty.

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Please don't clean your chain by while running the bike in gear. Both of these people got their finger caught in the chain.




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I cringed when I read that you let the bike run in gear and let the chain pass through a cloth. Please don't do that. Please don't.




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I was very careful to stay away from the sprocket and held any loose towel away in the other hand and I was nervous doing it this way.

However, point taken and I will turn the wheel manually next time. Thanks for the input.

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Please don't clean your chain by while running the bike in gear. Both of these people got their finger caught in the chain.



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I was very careful to stay away from the sprocket and held any loose towel away in the other hand and I was nervous doing it this way.

Yes, I'm sure pretty much everyone who has messed up their fingers doing this thought they were being very careful - when something goes wrong it happens in a flash. I'll spray on cleaner or lube with the bike idling in gear, but the only thing getting close to chain there is the straw on the spray can - and I've run a couple of those through the sprocket.
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I never clean my chain, 20000 miles of Dupont Multi and the chain and sprockets still look good.

My fingers look good too.

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bike run in gear
And, after your finger gets chomped, you jump and knock the bike off the stand, and it:
1. Smashes through the back wall of the garage.
or,
2. Smashes into your BMW/Mercedes/Rolls/Chevy/Yugo....
or,
3. Rolls out the front door into the street, causing a car to swerve into the path of a fuel tanker which crashes into a hospital and bursts into flames - hundreds are killed/injured, and it's your fault. :bom_freak: (Is there a catastrophe smilie??)

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