A neglected drive chain won’t last long and will quickly damage the sprockets. Routine chain adjustment and lubrication isn’t difficult and will ensure maximum chain and sprocket life. We break it down for you in this blog the correct way to check, adjust, clean and lube your chain.
Checking your chain
Time to adjust the chain slack
The right way to clean and lube your chain
Clean the chain using a dedicated aerosol chain cleaner, or wash it in paraffin or a suitable non-flammable or high flash-point solvent that will not damage the sealing O-rings or X-rings, using a soft brush to work any dirt out if necessary. Wipe the cleaner off the chain and allow it to dry, using compressed air if available. If the chain is excessively dirty remove it and soak it for a while in the paraffin or solvent before cleaning it as described.
Don’t use petrol (gasoline), an unsuitable solvent or other cleaning fluids which might damage the internal sealing properties of the chain. Don’t use high-pressure water to clean the chain. The entire process shouldn’t take longer than ten minutes, otherwise the sealing rings could be damaged.
The best time to lubricate the chain is after the motorcycle has been ridden. When the chain is warm, the lubricant will penetrate the joints between the sideplates better than when cold.
Apply the lubricant to the top of the lower chain run, so centrifugal force will work the oil into the chain when the bike is moving. After applying the lubricant, let it soak in a few minutes before wiping off any excess.