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Motorcycle Chain Lube An Easy Guide To Maintaining Your Motorcycle Chain - Bike Chain Lube _____________________________________________________________________________________

By Jack - Initially, chains were simply just oiled. There are numerous excellent chain oils out there. Oil's primary advantage is that it is generally inexpensive, long wearing, and easy to apply and maintain. However, oil has a greater tendency to fling dirt off the chain and onto everything else rims, garage floor, even riding gear. For this reason the industry started to introduce chain oil alternatives that fling less to keep the bike's exterior parts cleaner. However, these modern tech dry or wax based lubricants while excellent for road bikes tend not to be favoured for those who ride off-road. Most motocross riders prefer to have an oiled chain over wax or dry lubrication.

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Frequent oiling with an inexpensive basic chain oil is better than infrequent use with an expensive product. Failure to keep your chain properly lubricated will lead to premature wear and tear, and even potential failure in extreme cases. On my first motorcycle, a chain driven Vulcan 500, all I used was the cheapest spray on chain oil bought from the local automotive big box store.

A smart farkle for your ride is to install an aftermarket reservoir based automatic chain-oiler such as the Scottoiler. These consist of a reservoir which contains a special clean formula chain oil, and a drip mechanism to the rear sprocket that is normally powered off the vacuum from the fuel injection or carburetor. The device allows you to set the drip rate from a scale of 1-10 depending on your riding conditions. For those in clean dry areas and who can safely run the unit at its lowest drip setting, it is not unheard of to get more than a few thousand kilometres before needing to refill the reservoir. Refilling the reservoir is a two minute job that can be done with the bike on its side stand.

The Kawasaki Versys, Ninja 650, ER6 and ER6F all have an under slung exhaust which makes adding a centre stand difficult if not impossible. On bikes like these or for any rider who likes to tour long distances with a chain driven bike, a Scottoiler is the perfect solution to minimize time spent on maintenance and protect the chain thoroughly.

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Bicycling Magazine suggests how and what to use to lubricate your bicycle's chain and drivetrain.