Don’t Let Preventive Maintenance Chain You Down

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November 14, 2011 | By: Kody Wisner

If you’re among the diminishing number of motorcycle riders possessing a final drive chain on your ride, you know it’s one of the most neglected parts on your bike. You also know that this very important piece of machinery needs to be maintained properly or it’s ‘game’s over.’

It’s true that the task isn’t as fun as, say, a weekend ride with your friends. But without a little care and attention toward this inanimate piece of the motorcycle puzzle, there ain’t gonna be any weekend ride with friends.

Here’s my bike chain-cleaning regimen, and once you’re underway, I guarantee you’ll feel better about this chain chore:

  • First off, I get out a can of PJ1 Spray and Wash Degreaser, just to get the process started. The spray can says this stuff removes grease fast and you’d better believe it. Once it’s applied, it easily washes off with water and it doesn’t leave a film or residue. As an added bonus, PJ1 features a pleasant fragrance. If you possess a J&P Cycles Gold Card, this can will cost you under 10 bucks.
  • Next I use a Grunge Brush to do the heavy lifting. This brush has bristles on three sides, which allows for easy cleaning of all the nooks and crannies in a chain system.
  • And since you’ve already got the brush out, you might as well take advantage of its long bristle side to clean other grimy areas of your bike. (Gold Club members pay $12.59 for this brush, everybody else shells out $13.99.)Once your chain is all clean and ready to be lubricated, I use PJ1 Blue Label Chain Lube. For only eight bucks (Gold Card member price), this product gives your 0-ring chain a new lease on life as well as prevents messy fly off. It keeps your O-rings moist and pliable, offering you greater protection against breakage. Best yet, it goes on clear, so your just-completed cleaning job still looks good. At least for a while.

If you think a picture is worth more than the couple of hundred words above, watch the short video to observe how easy it is to clean a motorcycle chain. Then get cracking on your own bike.

Comments: 3 Comments | Categorized Under: Motorcycle Accessories

Comments (3)

I used to keep an old chain just for maintenance. I would split the chain on the bike at a connector, hook the old chain on one end and turn the wheel to suck the old chain onto the sprockets while removing the bike’s chain. I would clean and service the bike chain and feed it back in just like I removed it. Reconnect, tension and go. No fidgeting removing covers or guards unless I really wanted to clean inside them too.

We’ll share this on our FB site and retweet. Good basic information many seem to forget to do. Hope people notice the look of the chain before you started and they way it looks when you finished. Thanks.

Nice job Kody! As you say, much easier to do on a lift, and you can use a catch tray to keep the excess chemicals of John’s driveway, LOL.

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