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Old 11-25-2010, 03:57 AM   #1
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Chain Care

It has been a long time...

I ride an R1200GS, before that I had a R100RS since 1984 and an XS750 Yamaha before that.

Just picked up an F650GS and noticed it has this funny looking flexible thingy going from the engine to the rear wheel. Had to go way back to dim dark memories to remember that "Hey, its a chain!"

So help and old timer out, How does one feed and care for a chain now days? I used to heat them in a big can of Dukhams and spray sticky grey stuff out of a pressure packcan on them.

The bike has a new O ring chain on it and sprockets are in great condition. Would like to keep them that way as long as possible.

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Old 11-25-2010, 04:49 AM   #2
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1) make sure you have the proper slack (tension) on it at all times
2) clean it every time you wash the bike with some sort of medium hard bristle brush and mild detergent, then blow dry with a leaf blower to get all the water out.
3) Use a good quality lube...I use HP (Honda) stuff I get at the dealer for $7 a big can. It's made for o ring chains, does not fling off when riding or run off too much when applying
4) I also apply a shot or two of WD40 every once and a while to get some of the water out, prevent rust and lube.

It's worked for me for sometime on my Husky's and Honda's. This from a man who has owned a RS, /5 among others.

Enjoy the bike...
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Old 11-25-2010, 07:11 AM   #3
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You can do all of the thing TT suggests above or do what I, and a lot of other F650 owners, do. Wipe it down with ATF every other tank of fuel or after a wash. I just use a paper towel with ATF and make two passes. First time around the towels get black from the crud and second time around it is just red from the ATF. My F650GS chain has 18,000 miles on it and looks new. Watch the adjustment, better slack than too tight.

For all things visit The Chain Gang www.f650.com Their FAQs will answer most questions you might have.

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Old 11-25-2010, 07:22 AM   #4
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My chain use to be a pain after riding in the rain. ( Sounds like poetry huh? )

Then I found the secret. Buy it a Lowes (Linky), bike on a stand, rag under the chain, get someone to turn the back wheel and spray over the chain on the cloth until it is nice and wet. That's it, you are done. It cleans, dries and lubricates the O-rings, nothing sticky left on the chain.

Remember, oil plus dust or dirt = grinding paste, makes a chain wear out real fast.

I even do the same on my dirt bike, after riding in the mud, just hose the chain off first with water hose spray and let it dry a 1/2 hour or so and then Dupont.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/motor...chain-lube.htm
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Old 11-25-2010, 07:34 AM   #5
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My chain use to be a pain after riding in the rain. ( Sounds like poetry huh? )

Then I found the secret. Buy it a Lowes (Linky), bike on a stand, rag under the chain, get someone to turn the back wheel and spray over the chain on the cloth until it is nice and wet. That's it, you are done. It cleans, dries and lubricates the O-rings, nothing sticky left on the chain.

Remember, oil plus dust or dirt = grinding paste, makes a chain wear out real fast.

I even do the same on my dirt bike, after riding in the mud, just hose the chain off first with water hose spray and let it dry a 1/2 hour or so and then Dupont.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/motor...chain-lube.htm

Yep, A friend of mine swears by this stuff. I'm going to try it next time.......

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Old 11-25-2010, 09:08 AM   #6
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keep it clean!, I get 20,000 out of my 950 chain just cleaning with a rag sprayed with wd/40 no lube the x-rings are sealed! the lube does nothing but attract dirt and then grind it in the x-rings then they give out!
I will get flamed by someone about the wd 40 but hey it works for me and can be found everywhere!!
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