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Old 01-06-2012, 10:44 AM   #1
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F800GS - Chain thread

After running the shaft for years I just bought a 2010 F800GS and I need some advice on how to maintain the chain. Is an automatic oiler overkill, does it make for a mess back there? I am thinking of a spray on wax that won't fling off and apply it at every second fill-up or the end of a day's ride while it is still warm, I really don't want to be cleaning the chain any more than I have to. I have the center stand so it is not a big deal to apply the spray at a fil-up. I mostly put on highway miles with the occasional gravel or dirt trail.

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Old 01-06-2012, 11:46 AM   #2
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I'm using this spray.. it doesn't fling off and keeps the chain well lubed. I had a Scottoiler on a previous bike and while it did keep the chain well lubed, it was also quite messy.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/motor...n-chain-saver/
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Old 01-06-2012, 02:19 PM   #3
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I use spray on chain wax about every 500 miles or so.

Every 1-2k (or sooner depending on how much dirt riding) I clean the chain with kerosene to remove the old lube and dirt and start over.
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Old 01-06-2012, 02:26 PM   #4
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If you're not riding a lot of dirt then my preference is Motul Road chain lube. Really though, you might as well ask about engine oil - everyone has a preference and nothing is... here it comes... any better than anything else. Except auto-oilers, those things suck!
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:13 PM   #5
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In the old days we would put two blocks of parifin and quart of motor oil on the stove. When the wax and oil combined we would drop the chain that was washed with gas in the pot then hang it up to drip dry. It actualy worked well. I imagine thats were the wax based chain lube came from! Of course everything was simpler 40 years ago. We made bike jacks out of 1" black iron water pipe and used automatic transmision fluid for cable lube. Does anyone remember riveting on brake shoes? It's hell to be old!! GH
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:42 PM   #6
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Chain wax

A quality chain wax every 500 miles or as deemed necessary by your riding type
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:53 PM   #7
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I'm using this spray.. it doesn't fling off and keeps the chain well lubed. I had a Scottoiler on a previous bike and while it did keep the chain well lubed, it was also quite messy.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/motor...n-chain-saver/
I use the same stuff. Keeps the chain lubed but doesn't make a mess like the wax.
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:57 PM   #8
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I use the same stuff. Keeps the chain lubed but doesn't make a mess like the wax.
Where do they sell this stuff? Local bike shop like cycle gear... Big box stores?

Thanks
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Old 01-06-2012, 04:55 PM   #9
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Where do they sell this stuff? Local bike shop like cycle gear... Big box stores?

Thanks
I get it at Lowe's, $5 or $6 a can.
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I get it at Lowe's, $5 or $6 a can.
Awesome, thanks.....
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:08 PM   #11
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Great advice, thank you. I will be looking for the spray mentioned above, always a little challenging finding products here in Vienna. I will steer clear of the auto oiler because I want to ride not spend my time cleaning my chain and rear tire area.
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:38 AM   #12
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I'm using this spray.. it doesn't fling off and keeps the chain well lubed. I had a Scottoiler on a previous bike and while it did keep the chain well lubed, it was also quite messy.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/motor...n-chain-saver/
Yep, same stuff for me. I wouldn't use anything else for a bike that sees any offroad, I love it.
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:38 AM   #13
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I'm using this spray.. it doesn't fling off and keeps the chain well lubed.
Ditto. The Dupont Teflon chain lube works great and, at least here in the US, you can buy it and the Dupont degreaser for cheap at Walmart. I lube my chain every 300 to 400 miles. And, yes, I think an oiler is overkill.
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:30 PM   #14
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I use absolutly nothing, on a dirt bike lube only attracts dust, which turns to grinding paste.
I got 25,000km out of the OEM chain & only changed it because I was going on a long trip and didn't want to carry a spare.
The second chain has now done 25,000km with no adjustment and looks good for a long while yet.
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:51 PM   #15
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I use absolutly nothing, on a dirt bike lube only attracts dust, which turns to grinding paste.
I got 25,000km out of the OEM chain & only changed it because I was going on a long trip and didn't want to carry a spare.
The second chain has now done 25,000km with no adjustment and looks good for a long while yet.
I admire you for minimal chain maintenance. I do use chain wax every once in a while but with a "O" ring chain I wonder if it is really necessary. The pivot points are lubed and sealed, so you ain't going to lube them no mater what, and rollers don't rotate on the sprocket, that is just a "impact" kind of wear. Chain lube may cushion them I don't know. Also can't figure why you would clean one, they're sealed! The dirt ain't getting to the pivot points no more than the lube. Better chance of getting kerosene through the seal than dirt. I knew a guy that used WD40 just to keep it from looking rusty and his chains lasted as long as anybody's.
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