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post #1 of 32 Old 02-01-2018, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Warming up the Chain for Maintenance Without Riding the Bike?

I just picked up a 2014 Vstrom 650 with 6400 miles and I have no service records to know when the last time the chain was maintained from the previous owner.

I'd like to knock it out during these winter months but it is too cold to ride. I just ordered swing arm spools with front and rear stands to be able to raise the bike off the ground.

Should I do something along the lines of propping up the rear tire and holding the throttle in gear for a few mins?
Or is it best to leave it alone until spring when I can ride it to warm it up?

Btw I ordered this chain cleaning kit and it will be my first time doing this on a motorcycle. Any solid "how to" videos are appreciated, since I find different methods outlined for how to do it:
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post #2 of 32 Old 02-01-2018, 10:13 PM
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Don't clean the chain. It does nothing usefull at all (apart from satisfying some aesthetic considerations) and could hurt the life of the chain.

If you absolutely have to do something get an oil covered cloth and wipe the chain.


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Boy, you are too anal with your new bike. This stuff will likely do more harm than good, best to send it back.

As suggested earlier you are better of reading up on the items you are concerned about here before you jump with both feet into it. If you search for chain lube you will be able to read for hours and get many opinions what to do and what not to do. In my opinion less is better. Look into getting a chain oiler. That will take care of the chain without too much of a mess in the counter sprocket and clutch push pin area.

When I got my used V2, the PO had been very anal about chain lube spray. What a mess. It took me days and ample degreaser to get rid of all that shit. I mean I had to scrape it of everything in and around the chain area, even half the shock was covered! I ended up replacing the chain and sprockets at 18k because despite all that gunk the chain did not look that healthy and I was not going to ride 8k miles with that setup.

At 6000 miles there won't be much service records. What was he to do to the bike other than oil change and lube the chain every now and then? Don't sweat it just ride it come spring. Then you will find what works for you and what needs to be changed.

Lube the clutch cable nipple pivot in the clutch lever. That's often overlooked but necessary. If not lubed it will make the clutch operate with more resistance and the clutch cable will fail prematurely by breaking strands close to the nipple. Don't lube the cable, its Teflon coated and not meant to be lubed.

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Clean the chain if you want, but IMHO, it's a waste of time from a maintenance perspective. But if it is a bonding experience between you and the bike, then have at it. More important than cleaning the chain is lubing it. And that is best done when the chain is warm to facilitate the migration of the lubricant. Even better, use a chain oiling setup. (I don't but will on the next bike after mucking about with Motul spray lube for years. I should have installed a Scott oiler years ago...)

I can't imagine why anyone would document anything to do with a chain other than replacement of chain/sprockets. You should lube the chain very regularly, like after every ride in the rain and every few hundred kilometers.
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A rag with oil or kerosene is sufficient for cleaning, then spray with any lube on the market. They all work about the same. The real lubrication is internal, so be gentle and don't damage the O rings. The purpose of external lube is to prevent rust.

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I take pretty good care of my bikes and cars.

I have NEVER recorded a chain adjustment or chain lube on any bike. Ever! New chain and sprockets, that is recorded.

Wouldn't worry about the previous owner. It is yours to take care of now. At that mileage, not much can be hurt even without any maintenance! While I do wipe my chain to clean the side links on occasion, I don't do that to increase how long it lives. My owners manual says to use gear oil to lube the chain. Which is what I use when home. I keep spray can lube with me on trips and at about every other fuel stop spray the chain with lube. At 23K miles on original chain and it is just fine.

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The usual maintenance interval depends on use. Some lube the chain every time they fuel up, others are closer to a 500 mile interval. Others will ride all day, up to 900-1000 miles and lube the chain at the end of the day.
It's highly recommended to lube the chain after riding in the rain since it will wash away the external lube.
Phooey on Spools and garage stands, get a real center stand and enjoy the practicality of it.
Oh, and the chain wants to be a bit loose. a bit over an inch of looseness with no load on the bike.
Google chain and happy reading.
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I am glad you are asking many questions since you are a new bike owner, there are no stupid questions!!! Take the great advice from many of us long time motorcycle owners, and many times doing less is actually more.
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If you do get the rear up off the slab to lube the chain(and yes, you can lube it cold) only work/touch the chain with the engine off and bike in neutral. There is a guy that put oil on a rag, then held it to a moving chain.....yep lost a few fingers. I see no issue with using a straw to spray chain lube on a moving chain as long as the bike is secure/stable.

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Knock out chain maintenance always and forever, order a Scott Oiler and install it.
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