Whether you’re new to motorcycling or a long time rider, it’s never too late to learn how to do maintenance tasks on your motorcycle. One of the easiest maintenance you can do yourself is maintaining your chain. Regular maintenance will help extend the life of your chain as well as provide a smoother and quieter ride. It can also reduce power losses and protect against corrosion. Your individual style of riding will determine how often you maintain your chain, as well as, weather conditions and load. A good rule of thumb is to check the chain every 300-600 miles for signs of wear, correct level of tension, and sufficient lubrication. The chain should also be re-greased after every extended journey in the rain.
Cleaning Your Chain
The first step in chain maintenance is cleaning your chain. It’s important to remove any grime that has built up with a good chain cleaner. Over time, oil, dust, and worn materials will clog together to form pasty clumps. These abrasive clumps can increase wear and shorten the service life of the entire chain kit. Motul Chain Clean is a chain cleaner with a non-chlorine formula and an extremely powerful degreasing agent which removes crusted residues. It works on all types of motorcycle chains such as Standard, O-Ring, X-Ring, and Z-Ring, to help remove various build-up. Having a dry and clean chain is ideal for putting on chain lube later.