Motorcycle Maintenance: Routine Chain Lubrication

The weatherman has been forecasting doom and gloom for like 3 weeks straight; we got a short respite over the weekend of the 4th, but it’s back to rain again this week. Considering the weather, I decided it was time to take care of the dirty chain I’d been procrastinating about. A really good friend lent me his paddock stand for the job; it was definitely better than the normal “scrub, clean, move bike, then repeat” process I normally do! A lot of guys grumble about what a pain chains are, but as I’ve said before, if you keep up on it regularly, and use chain wax, this is really not more than a 30 minute job (even without the rear stand).

At any rate, this is my first attempt at a “How-to” video so let me know what you think. After splicing it together, it’s evident I need to perfect the GoPro head mount camera angle a little bit, but aside from that and some poor lighting conditions I’m generally happy with how things went.

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4 Responses to Motorcycle Maintenance: Routine Chain Lubrication

  1. Ry Austin says:

    Hey, Drew, this is mighty fine work for your first “how-to” video. I learned a lot about F800GS wheel removal–shortcuts, tips, and whatnot–from such videos. And after watching yours, I’m even MORE grateful for the GS’s center stand. 🙂

    I’m curious… You expressed some concern about using brake cleaner on the chain. Why didn’t you use a chemical chain cleaner?

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    • Truth be told I’ve never seen it before. I’ll have to look into that. Ultimately I believe it’s a catch 22; you need some sort of degreasing agent to get the gunk off the chain, yet most of those chemicals have potential to dry out the chain seals. I’ll look into that chain cleaner though! Maybe that’s the magical formula.

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