Chain drive bikes and what oil/lube you use

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Chain drive bikes and what oil/lube you use

#1 Unread post by flw » Thu Apr 02, 2009 2:41 pm

For those with a chain drive, what do you use to lube your chain.

I've used Motul chain wax which seems to attact grime. Owners Manual suggest straight SAE 90 weight.
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#2 Unread post by Gummiente » Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:02 pm

This topic has the potential to turn into a war zone just like the ubiquitous "Dino vs Synthetic Oil" debates. :D
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#3 Unread post by HYPERR » Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:55 pm

I use Maxima chain wax. I like it a lot! :D
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#4 Unread post by RC DAVE » Thu Apr 02, 2009 5:27 pm

Belray wax and motul cleaner/ chain brush
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#5 Unread post by flw » Thu Apr 02, 2009 5:44 pm

Gummiente wrote:This topic has the potential to turn into a war zone just like the ubiquitous "Dino vs Synthetic Oil" debates. :D
I'm looking to see what people use not what is the most superior lube. I'm just not that happy with what I use now.
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#6 Unread post by Gummiente » Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:16 pm

flw wrote:I'm looking to see what people use not what is the most superior lube.
Iured that, it's just that sometimes the most innocent questions can launch the rowdiest debates. :)
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#7 Unread post by Brackstone » Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:58 pm

My only question is when will I grow up enough that I don't laugh every time I hear the word "lube".

I have this "Racing Lube" that comes in a cold spray can.
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#8 Unread post by Tennif Shoe » Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:50 pm

i use a drive shaft w/ 50 wt in it :lol:
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#9 Unread post by shalihe74 » Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:22 pm

I used to use Bel-Ray and was very happy with it; the fact that it was white and goopy irritated the boyfriend (Service manager @ my dealership, who does all the service on my bikes that I can't), though, so I switched to Motul to make him happy.

Now that we've broken up (and he still has to do my service), I think I'll be switching back to Bel-Ray. :twisted: :innoncent:
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#10 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:26 pm

Can these chain lubes be purchased online? I don't find myself in a physical bike store often.

I did purchase spray racing lube like Brackstone, but I used it all up on my Ninja 250.

Of course... The B-King doesn't have a centerstand. So, right now I'm picturing me spray.... wipe... roll bike forward... spray... wipe.... roll bike forward...

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#11 Unread post by jstark47 » Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:35 pm

RhadamYgg wrote:Of course... The B-King doesn't have a centerstand. So, right now I'm picturing me spray.... wipe... roll bike forward... spray... wipe.... roll bike forward...
It works. A little arduous, but it works.

.... and every time you do it, you get a little more motivated to get a center stand installed.... :mrgreen:
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#12 Unread post by AlphaZed » Mon Apr 06, 2009 11:49 pm

HYPERR wrote:I use Maxima chain wax. I like it a lot! :D
I use Maxima Wax as well. Good stuff.
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#13 Unread post by Smilin' Jack » Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:29 pm

With off road bikes, I've tried chain wax and spray lube and found Bel Ray
spray lube to be a little longer lasting than the wax. Also, the wax penetrates better if the bike is ridden for a while to warm up the chain, before spraying it on.

Since I'm not a clean freak, on street bikes, I usually just squirt on some 80/90 wt gear oil every 500 miles. Chain life seem good with 50 to 60 K miles before worn out.

Has anyone tried chainsaw bar oil? Probably penetrate better with a warm chain. Sticky stuff.

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#14 Unread post by MZ33 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:21 pm

Of course... The B-King doesn't have a centerstand. So, right now I'm picturing me spray.... wipe... roll bike forward... spray... wipe.... roll bike forward...
How about this? http://www.ironpony.com/ironponydirect/ ... 20PRODUCTS

I just got one for the Versys--which doesn't have a centerstand, and may never--it has an offset frame.
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#15 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:47 pm

MZ33 wrote:
Of course... The B-King doesn't have a centerstand. So, right now I'm picturing me spray.... wipe... roll bike forward... spray... wipe.... roll bike forward...
How about this? http://www.ironpony.com/ironponydirect/ ... 20PRODUCTS

I just got one for the Versys--which doesn't have a centerstand, and may never--it has an offset frame.
I've seen but haven't seriously looked at those yet... I do wonder exactly how you get the bike up on them, though.

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#16 Unread post by Wrider » Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:16 am

RhadamYgg wrote:I've seen but haven't seriously looked at those yet... I do wonder exactly how you get the bike up on them, though.

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Pretty easy... but it REALLY helps to have two people. Basically get the bike straight up and down, then put the rearstand in place, and push down the rearstand. Viola! Lifts up the rear of the bike with minimal effort and makes it really easy to change the rear tire/lube the chain/change the chain/sprocket/ whatever you need to do...
And not to worry about strength, I've seen 5'4" 120 lb guys put Hayabusas up on those rearstands with no problems.
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cheap rear wheel lift

#17 Unread post by flw » Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:37 pm

What does a rear wheel lift run for small crusier? Right now I have a whole bike life which is not very stable, it almost dropped off the lift twice. :cry:

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RhadamYgg wrote:I've seen but haven't seriously looked at those yet... I do wonder exactly how you get the bike up on them, though.

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Pretty easy... but it REALLY helps to have two people. Basically get the bike straight up and down, then put the rearstand in place, and push down the rearstand. Viola! Lifts up the rear of the bike with minimal effort and makes it really easy to change the rear tire/lube the chain/change the chain/sprocket/ whatever you need to do...
And not to worry about strength, I've seen 5'4" 120 lb guys put Hayabusas up on those rearstands with no problems.
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#18 Unread post by Wrider » Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:56 pm

flw wrote:What does a rear wheel lift run for small crusier? Right now I have a whole bike life which is not very stable, it almost dropped off the lift twice. :cry:
Well they don't really have them for cruisers...

What you'll have to do is buy a jack like http://www.discountramps.com/zinc-motorcycle-jack.htm this. Those adapters are removable, and that's the kind of jack we used at school for jacking up sportbikes and cruisers alike.
Of course you can get a bike lift too, kinda like http://www.discountramps.com/discount-m ... -jacks.htm this. There's one at Harbor Freight for 79 dollars IIRC. I just picked up a used Craftsman one and they work really well, used it to do a front-end job on a DR650 earlier today.
The hard part for you is finding a lift that will jack up the frame and not the pipes. In your case I suggest the first one I linked and leave the adapters on. They work great for 600+ lb cruisers so you'll have no problem at all with your VN.
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#19 Unread post by flw » Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:50 pm

That whole bike lift is what I have now. I don't know if the problem is the bikes frame size and or geometry. The info on the lift was based on bike weight not design so it should work fine instead of just so so.
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