Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto - way way way too much traffic
I Hate using a little brush. I'm not too fond of kerosene either. Then there's the part where I really don't want to spend much time or effort on chain cleaning.
Usually I spray a little WD40 on the chain while it's warm after a ride, then run the chain through a cloth. The added benefit is that the WD40 impregnated cloth is handy for cleaning any splatter on the wheel or swingarm. The chain looks and feels clean(ish) and then gets a spray of something like the BelRay no-splatter chain lube - the stuff that looks white and waxy. Abnormal or early chain wear has not been an issue.
For Christmas my secret Santa gave me a Tirox chain cleaner kit. It's a can of chain cleaner with a spiral wire brush that you wrap onto the chain. It even includes some rubber gloves. I tried it the other day. The chain is similarly cleanish looking and feeling. The chain cleaner smells suspiciously like WD40 and has the same consistency. I sprayed on the Tirox chain lube, It's very light, feels like WD40 and smells a little more oily - it seems very splattery like 1980s-ish Castrol chain lube.
I think what I'll be doing is using the chain cleaner and spiral brush thing until the can runs out, then WD40 and the spiral brush. The Tirox chain lube can collect dust on a shelf until I'm out of everything else. Until then I'll stick with the non-splatter stuff.
The spiral brush works well. It's still pretty messy. If I ever lose it I'll go back to the cloth method.
'04 650, and goshdarnit it's fun - matte silver (#9 in the Silver 'Strom Club)
farewell to an '81 KZ550, '83 GPz750, '83 V45 Sabre, R-Reg GT380, '84 GPz550, early '70s DT175, and a '72 Peugeot 102