Rear brake/chain drag - normal?
I bought a used '05 V-Strom 1000 in November with 4K miles on it. The chain appeared to be covered in dry lube and gunk, like the previous owner had maybe oiled it once or twice, then neglected it. I have oiled it a couple times with 80-90w gear oil like the manual specifies.
After installing a centerstand last week, I got to work cleaning and oiling the chain. But what I noticed is that when I give the rear wheel a good spin (think "Wheel of Fortune"), I only get about 1/2 or 3/4 spin before it stops. My old Honda Nighthawk 750 would spin about 2x, but it had a drum brake out back. It would seem like this extra drag is not helping my gas mileage (30-35mpg commuting in cold weather - with 3 minute warmups).
Here's the question -- is this normal? I'm thinking the rear pad may induce a slight drag on the brake rotor as the pad is always slightly touching it. Or, maybe the chain/O-rings are "dry" and need to be lubed some more to become flexible again. Or, maybe this is normal.
Any thoughts? Thanks!
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Retired USAF MSgt (E-7)
Retired Rider - 2016 (3 V-Strom 1Ks, Concours, Burgman 650, 2 Honda 750 Nighthawks, and more over 40 years)
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