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Chain gang

I am back to a motorcycle with a chain. I will miss the clean and quiet belt drive of my Buell however the CB1100 does have a centre stand and that makes a world of difference to chain maintenance.

It must be a very long time since I owned a motorcycle with a centre stand. Cleaning the rear wheel is a cinch and same for cleaning and lubing the chain.

I sourced one of these chain brushes in preparedness for returning to a chain drive. The experts claim it is the cleanliness of your chain, keeping it free of grit that will extend it’s life more than whatever brand of chain lube you choose to apply.

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This is a clone of the brand name brush sourced cheap from eBay. It does the job claimed.

To go with the brush and that advise to clean the chain often I am using Inox chain cleaner. Sourced it from Autobarn car accessory  stores. Slightly cheaper than the motorcycle brand chain cleaners and fully o-ring chain safe, the availability was the real selling point. Motorcycle shops here only trade outside office hours for a 1/2 day Saturday morning which is really inconvenient.

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The Honda owners manual says to use only gear oil to lube the chain. Sounds sensible suggestion given it is the meshing of the drive sprockets against rollers that you are wanting to run free but it would be messy.

There are all sorts of theories on motorcycle forums about how to lube a chain. It really is not rocket science like some try and make it out to be. Any lubricant will for a certain period work to stop the cog Vs roller contact area from drying out. Remember inside the rollers is sealed and does not benefit from whatever you use. It is only the contact area you need to lube so whatever you find that will stay on for the time you leave between reapplying more lube is going to work. Then it is just a case of managing the fling factor Vs too dry.

I am trying the Inox ‘No Chukka’ lube out. I purchased it just because the name is so appealing. But seriously I find their products to be honest and work without any bullshit secret formula or spin so I thought I’d give it a go. I have previously tried most lubes on the market and found chains dried out less with the more messy ones then any of the wax or grease type but your experience may vary. I was very tempted to try a dry Teflon chain lube out but the problem is how do you tell when it needs to be reapplied.

If you have any tips feel free to share as this is a real topical subject.