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post #1 of 64 Old 04-05-2016, 04:46 AM Thread Starter
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The shop manual says, because of the "O" rings in the stock chain, ONLY kerosene should be used for cleaning and ONLY heavy duty motor oil should be used to 'grease' the chain. Anyone here at odds with that? I thought some type of SPRAY chain lube would be specified but I suppose I could carry around a small vial of Harley (50 WT) Oil.
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I never cleaned my chain between services - but lubed the chain with Silkolene Titanium Gel every 1000 km. No discernible wear in over 64 000 km.

I'll maintain the same regime on my newer SUZI II. It seems to work okay.

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Just use whatever chain lube you feel works the best. Very few people use heavy weight oil to lube their chain. It's too much time and effort for something that takes 20-30 seconds.
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.... or you could use an automatic chain oiler like the TUTORO or Scott. Use the search function to see what people are saying about them.
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The Tutoro is on my short list of new farkles. My schedule has been lube with Dupont teflon chain saver every 200 miles, clean with Gunk engine degreaser every 3000 miles. 42,000 miles on chain and I'm betting it will probably go 50,000+.

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Ah NO!!!! Here we go again with another chain maintenance thread. Do us all a favor, don't look at it, don't touch it, don't adjust it and certainly don't lubricate the damn thing. It will probably end up being the only thing on the bike still functioning after 5 millions miles.........

Just saying.......
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Lubing often (I do after every fill-up and after every ride in the rain) has allowed the chains on my DL650's to last from 40,000 to almost 50,000 miles. I use Wurth HHS2000 but think the important thing is the frequency. I don't ever bother cleaning my chain as it doesn't do anything useful anyway.

A chain oiler that keeps the chain constantly lubed should give the best results.

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The Tutoro is on my short list of new farkles. My schedule has been lube with Dupont teflon chain saver every 200 miles, clean with Gunk engine degreaser every 3000 miles. 42,000 miles on chain and I'm betting it will probably go 50,000+.
Daaang... what chain do you have on? ... not the OEM I'd presume.

I baby-sit mine, last one started to kink around 20k. I don't torque the thing hard, but ride most of the time at highway speeds. but 50k!
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The shop manual says, because of the "O" rings in the stock chain, ONLY kerosene should be used for cleaning and ONLY heavy duty motor oil should be used to 'grease' the chain. Anyone here at odds with that? I thought some type of SPRAY chain lube would be specified but I suppose I could carry around a small vial of Harley (50 WT) Oil.
While there are a lot of threads on the subject it's good you ask as how to take care of your chain as the web is full of lots of misinformation. (Don't let those that don't understand how to skip a thread deter you from asking although it is good form to look around first and see if a subject has been discussed.)

As I have said previously I don't think the type of lube matters that much. If you do want ot use Harley Chain Lube here is what you are looking for:





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The shop manual says, because of the "O" rings in the stock chain, ONLY kerosene should be used for cleaning and ONLY heavy duty motor oil should be used to 'grease' the chain. Anyone here at odds with that? I thought some type of SPRAY chain lube would be specified but I suppose I could carry around a small vial of Harley (50 WT) Oil.
I will occasionally use wd40 to clean the chain. Cleaning the chain is not a high priority. Oiling is. At home I will use 80W gear oil, on the road any reputable o-ring chain oil (Belray, castrol, PJ). I have the bad habit of prematurely changing my chain and even then I easily get 35,000 km (22000miles). On the road I will oil every 2nd fillup.

Get a good chain ( in my case DID). Your sprockets will wear out first.

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