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  1. David Masson

    David Masson Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys, my latest upload of chain maintenance on my bobber black, hope you can have a watch and give me some feedback.
    All the best and safe riding!

     
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  2. curly

    curly Senior Member

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    Morning David,
    just watched your video.
    What a fantastic looking bike you have there!
    I used to clean the black painted rear wheel rim of my old VFR 800 with WD40, it was great, applied to kitchen roll it removed all chain fling, and general crud remarkably easily.
    After a couple of years of doing this I noticed that the black paint was becoming very, very thin and was obviously being gradually removed by the WD40.
    I had the wheel stove enamelled to restore the finish and then very carefully washed down the wheel with lots of soapy water to remove all traces of the WD40 after the cleaning had been done.
    I always have a Scottoiler fitted to my bikes, wouldn't be without one, really looks after and lengthens the life of chain and sprockets.
    Just my own views / experiences of course.

    Curly
     
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  3. David Masson

    David Masson Well-Known Member

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    Thanks a lot curly! And cheers for the tips too will deff keep that in mind! All the best!
     
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  4. steve lovatt

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    Interesting. I've regularly been using WD40 or GT85 to clean crud off the bikes - 3 years on the Tiger and 2 on the Bonneville with seemingly no ill effects. (but will keep an eye out!) :D
    The key to successful chain life is regular maintenance ie. cleaning, applying lubricant and adjustment. You can do this manually or with a Scottoiler it makes no difference. Both my bikes have centre stands so I prefer to do it myself but more of a faff if just relying on the side stand.
    I use a rag soaked in SAE90 gear oil to clean the chain first and then another rag to apply it. You can use a brush but it tends to result in over-oiling and more "fling" when you go for the next ride. If you do this regularly and keep the chain clean, then it only takes a few minutes to do. I would avoid spray on chain wax products - they still fling off despite claims to the contrary and make the chain much harder to clean in the end.
     
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  5. Bonne Phil

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    I will be taking delivery of my Bonne T120 in March or April and it will be the first bike I've owned for a while with a chain so your video proved very informative. I had forgotten just how convenient a shaft or belt drive was.

    But sorry Dave, you've upset me. I wish my garage was a s big and as clear / clean as yours. RATS.

    Bonne Phil
     
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  6. David Masson

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  7. David Masson

    David Masson Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the tips mate! Only started biking last September so trying to learn how to do everything as I go so that I can look after and maintain my own bike.
    All the best
     
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  8. David Masson

    David Masson Well-Known Member

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    Hi bonne Phil! All the best with your new bike and will be great to see pics of it!!
    All the best mate
     
  9. AJ7840

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    Nice video - I use a piece of cereal box or cardboard from the pack of tablet between the chain and wheel to catch the overspray. It reduces the cleanup time.
     
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  10. David Masson

    David Masson Well-Known Member

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    Cheers mate, I’ll keep that in mind for next time!
     
  11. MrOrange

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    Thanks for sharing.

    Hate chain lube, especially with anti-fling. :mad:
    Means it's sticky, attracts grit! Then in a years time you open your front sprocket cover and find a feckin awful sticky mess of chain glue and grit :confounded::sob:

    Kerosene and a paintbrush to clean (heating oil), then I keep a pint mug full of oil, that's left over from everything, 10w40, gearbox, chainsaw oil is good, and any bits left over when oil changes. Cost £0.00. Paint that all over, go for a brew, come back and wipe down.

    After a full day out, will paint chain and wipe down. Hot chain retains oil in better.

    Never replaced a chain or sprocket on a road bike. My record is 24k on my SV, and it still looked like new. :cool:

    IMG_20190131_182039.jpg

    Was getting low, just chucked some ep90 in
     
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  12. Sprinter

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    That cup is filthy.
     
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  13. Dozers Dad

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    I wonder why that is?
    All the mugs I store old oil in are spotless! :cool: :p
     
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  14. David Masson

    David Masson Well-Known Member

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    My possible next video, “why I regret using chain lube”
     
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  15. Dozers Dad

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    There is genuinely only 1 minor downside to using oil rather than spray lubes David.
    You have to apply the oil more often.
     
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  16. David Masson

    David Masson Well-Known Member

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    I’ll keep that in mind! Once the bike weather returns I’m sure I’ll find out how happy/unhappy I am with the lube I have used, time will tell!
     
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  17. steve lovatt

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    I've tried several spray lube products :)eek::eek:) including Wurth dry lube, probably about the best of them. Tried WD40 chain wax - convenient to use but its white in colour and really clogs the chain up. Took ages to clean the accumulated crud off the Tiger after using it for a month. Surprising how far it was flung off, all over the rear shock for one thing. Haven't used a spray lube since.
     
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  18. mpllineman

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    A fine attitude indeed! Then you can take all that cash you would have thrown out the window and buy more goodies for your ride. Most maint. is not difficult< you just have to be willing to try!
     
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  19. steve lovatt

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    Thanks for the "little insertion" there Ron Lol! :D
     
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  20. Gazzatriumph

    Gazzatriumph Well-Known Member

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    I've been using Wurth dry chain lube for a while. I was in a bike shop and the chap sprayed a chain with Wurth and then dragged it through a tray of sand and nothing stuck to it. I had the same chain and sprocket set on my old triumph America and rarely had the chain adjusted in ten years. I would clean the chain about three times a year as I do now on all the bikes I've owned.
     
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