Just so you canít say I didnít tell you, here it is:
I bought a Loobman chain oiler. The jury is still heariní the whole story but so far the principle looks good at least to my way of thinkiní. So you ask ďHow does oldgeorge think?Ē Well, I like the way Suzuki tells the chain maintenance story. They say (paraphrase) ďClean the chain with kerosene and lubricate some oil they sellĒ. Well, I kinda like the idea but, buying their oil Ė just donít believe thatís necessary. To my way of thinking the chain is a machine with moving parts. It has be well lubricated and kept clean of abrasive particles, (that is a no brainer). Some folks say chain wax does that and it doesnít ďsling offĒÖ So I tried it. Now, I donít want to say chain wax is bad, but for the life of me I canít figure out what itís good for except to capture abrasives and hold them in place while they cut into the moving parts. Then every so often you (the rider/owner) has to wash the chain down with kerosene, diesel oil or WD40 to loosen the little bitsy rocks that chewing it up and the wax is holding in place. Then it (the chain) has to be dried and more chain wax applied. There is something about that just doesnít make sense. If anyone reading this understands how that (chain wax) works to benefit the bike owner please share it with the rest of the thinking worldÖ. Chain oilers on the other hand are the antithesis of neat and clean systems. They apply a lubricant to the rear sprocket where through a series of old fashioned Newtonian principles it both lubricates and cleanses the chain and sprocket surfaces. Yep. there is a whole heap of ďsling off ď and it ainít pretty but the chain looks to be clean and well lubricated. It could be this is all wrong so donít write it down in stone (on account stone ainít good for chains) but for all the mess on the swing arm and chain guard, Iím bettiní itís a good thing.
So there's my story --- tell me itís flawed, Iím open to facts.
Too soon we get old --- Too late we get smart
Ex owner 04 DL650