How To Adjust Your Motorcycle Chain
CanyonChasers use their venerable SV650 to walk you through the process of
adjusting a motorcycle chain and ensuring that the rear wheel is properly
aligned so that you'll get the most life out of your chain and sprockets.
Chain/Sprockets Remove & Replace on a Honda VLX 600
In our first how-to video, we'll show you the basics to changing the chain
and sprockets on Steve's Honda VLX 600. Link to full Cyclum Insanus Episode
1 video: http://youtu.be/4-R9RDY-jTE
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How to Clean Motorcycle Chain - Lubricate a Motorcycle Chain
If you have any further questions on this video, please feel free to ask
Cleaning and lubricating a motorcycle chain not only extends the life of
those parts, but it maintains drive efficiency. In other words, it ensures
your bike keeps going as fast as it was designed to. In this video, we'll
demonstrate how to quickly and easily clean your motorcycle chain and then
lubricate it. See the full article at TheRideAdvice.com at
Cleaning and lubricating a motorcycle chain is one of the easiest ways to
dip your feet into bike maintenance. And while with modern chains such as
the O-ring and X-ring chain, lubrication is provided by grease sealed into
the working area between the O-rings, you still need to lubricate the areas
of the chain – the parts that are exposed to the environment and make
contact with front and rear sprockets of your bike.
Some will argue that given the cost to replace both a bike chain and
sprockets, it isn’t worth the money on cleaning and lubrication products,
nor the time to apply them. To a degree, this is true. It certainly
isn’t as important to maintain your chain and sprockets nearly as much as
say, ensuring your front brake pads are in top order or that you have
enough pressure in your tires. But nevertheless, by cleaning and
lubricating your chain you will decrease friction and heat on it which will
not only extend chain and sprocket life, but improve the efficiency of the
drive too. That means better bike performance and surely that is worth
some time and money?
If you are going to do this, you’re really going to want a rear stand.
Yes, it can be done without one, but the only way to do it is by moving the
bike forwards (or backwards) to rotate the chain which is a time consuming
Cleaning the Chain
Regardless of what product you use or what method you employ to clean your
chain, it’s best to warm it up first by going for a 10 to 15 minute ride.
This will make it much easier to get rid of the grime and grit that will
have accumulated on your chain after only a few hundred miles (or less).
When applying cleaning product to a chain, avoid any solvents. Between the
inner and outer side plates of the chain is rubber and while it’s hardy,
you will shorten your chains life with products that are designed to
dissolve things. Kerosene (or Paraffin as it’s called in some parts of
the world) is fine and generally very cheap to buy.
If you really want to go all out, you can purchase a specially formulated
motorcycle chain cleaner, such as Motul Chain Clean or Motorex Chain Clean.
They’re a little more expensive than straight kerosene, probably only
make cleaning the chain slightly easier, but come in a handy aerosol can.
Whatever product you choose, cleaning is just a simple matter of applying
the solution and if it’s particularly dirty, use a brush to scrub
whatever else remains. A toothbrush will do the job, but a grunge brush
will be much more effective (and not much more expensive, either). Place
some rags or cardboard behind the chain where you’re spraying and
scrubbing to prevent the cleaning liquid and the grime from getting on
other parts of your bike.
Once you’ve finished cleaning the chain, let it sit for around 10 minutes
to allow the cleaning solution to dry. Again, if your chain was
particularly dirty, give it a quick spray with the garden hose afterwards.
It’s recommended that for lubricating your chain you buy a specific
lubricant made for motorcycle chains. Many people go for WD-40 because
it’s cheap and almost everyone has a can at home. But don’t use it for
your chain. It contains petroleum based oils that are corrosive to rubber
which your chain contains in-between the side plates. It will also attract
more dirt, dust and other particles onto your chain, defeating the purpose
of cleaning the chain in the first place. Lastly, it evaporates within a
few weeks, meaning you could be riding around with an unlubricated chain
which will ensure a short sprocket and chain life.
Other reasons to use a proper motorcycle chain lubricant is that in
addition to penetrating the chain, it will turn ‘sticky’ so that it
doesn’t fling off onto other parts of your bike when you’re riding at
60 mph. Again, products like Motul Street Chain Lube are a good choice and
at around $10 for a 10 oz can, it’s not considerably more expensive than
When lubricating your chain, you can either be very precise and spray only
between the end plates (you’re targeting the rubber between each plate)
and on the rollers, or spray the thing like it’s a cockroach you’re
trying to drown. Either way works, it’s just up to you whether you want
to be slow and precise, thus reducing the amount of lubricant you use and
saving a bit of money in the long term.