Chain Lubrication (Motorcycle)
How to clean and lube your chain:
- Get a plastic spray bottle from the local hardware store.
- Fill the bottle with kerosene.
- Spray kerosene on chain as you spin the wheel, aim at the rollers.
- Spin the wheel for a few minutes to work the kerosene into the rollers. (remember with o-ring chains, you are only concerned about the rollers)
- Take a clean dry rag and rub down the chain until clean. chain should shine!!
- Spray a quality oil based chain lube (NOT WD-40) on the inside of the chain, specifically the edges of the rollers, as you spin the wheel. I like Silkolene 100% synthetic race lube.
- Spin the wheel for a few minutes to work the lube into the rollers.
- Take another clean rag. Spray kerosene directly onto the rag, getting it moist.
- Rub down outside of chain plates and over spray area to remove the excess chain lube. (Remember, it's all about the rollers, the outside only needs a protective film for rust prevention).
- Once chain has been properly cleaned and lubed, after every ride or two, wipe the outside of the chain with the kerosene rag, lube, then wipe down again with the kerosene rag. Its easier when you stay on top of it.
- IMPORTANT: THE EDGES OF THE ROLLERS SHOULD ALWAYS APPEAR WET FROM LUBE, IF YOUR CHAIN LOOKS DRY, YOUR CHAIN IS NOT PROPERLY LUBRICATED