After having a disappointing run out of my last chain, 20,000kms (I did 32,000kms on the original chain), it had red dust forming on the sides (rust coming out from under the rollers) and a tight spot (signs of stretching), I decided to look into fitting a chain oiler. I put the poor chain life down to several long rides in the wet and not applying oil often enough.
After a bit of searching on the internet I had decided I didnít want the hassle of hooking into electrics or vacuum hoses which left either the Loobman or Tutoro which you have to manually adjust the oil flow and turn off when you stop riding. I had originally discovered the Tutoro on Ebay and when I went to their website Home
I found the Tutoro Auto chain oiler. What a great idea, a basic chain oiler which you donít have to manually turn off, which no doubt I would forget to do at some stage and finish with a puddle of oil on the shed floor.
This is an extract explaining how it works,
TECH TALK - the TUTORO Auto is operated by our proprietory actuation system - Contrary to some popular urban myths it is not a needle valve bumping in and out as the bike travels along a road - that would only work on very rough roads (if at all) instead the TUTORO system works by utilising the vertical inertia direction changes and extending the apogee dwell period of the primary valve, the system is both robust and sensitive resulting in a device that functions correctly on every road surface. We are delighted to say that the TUTORO Auto has lived up to all its design goals and now has a proven track record over many thousands of miles on all 6 continents.
With a birthday coming up I dropped the hint and a Tutoro Auto deluxe Kit arrived. This is what was in the kit, note the handy little aluminium flask for carrying some spare oil.
I probably spent more time trying to find a place for the oiler reservoir than what it actually took to fit once the decision was made. The kit came with a stainless multi-fit bracket setup, however the only place I could find to fit it was on the engine crash bars. Here I thought it would cop a fair amount of heat from the engine thinning the oil. So I decided to make my own bracket and fit it near the passenger foot peg.
I have a homemade support bracket for throwover soft bags which bolts on under the passenger foot peg.
It was than a matter of fabricating a bracket from 25mm RHS and welding it on.
I then ran the hose along the swingarm and attached the nozzle at the rear sprocket using the adhesive hose clamps and cable ties.
After filling the container with oil you turn on the tap 4 turns, hold up the mechanism and prime the system.
It is then a matter of trial and error to set the flow rate with the tap. I have mine set at 1 and Ĺ turns out and after a 300km ride the chain appears moist without a lot of fling-off onto the wheel rim. The oil level in the reservoir has dropped about 8mm. While sitting idle in the shed for a week or so no drips or puddles have appeared. There is also the added advantage if you are caught in the rain you can open the tap either another ľ or Ĺ turn and apply more oil. I know it is only early days yet, I will do a follow up after a longer ride over a couple of weeks next month.