In this week’s Tips, Tricks, and Tech, join The Helmet Center’s David Steele as he teaches us “How NOT To Clean Your Motorcycle Chain,” and keep all your fingers!
Cleaning your chain is an essential maintenance task for motorcycle owners. However, there are certain things you should avoid doing to ensure your safety and the longevity of your chain. In this article, we’ll share four important tips based on our 30 years of experience in the field. Let’s dive in!
1. Do NOT Start Your Engine and Put the Bike Into 1st Gear
Starting the engine and putting the bike in first gear while cleaning the chain may seem like a convenient approach. However, it can lead to a dangerous situation. A running engine doesn’t discriminate when the rag gets caught in the sprocket, potentially causing severe injuries. Hence, it’s crucial to avoid this practice for your safety.
2. Properly Spray the Cleaner on the Chain
When applying a cleaner to your chain, it’s important to do it correctly to prevent damage. Find the small pocket away from the side of your tire, place a rag behind it, and spray the cleaner in that area. As you rotate the tire forward, the cleaner will spread along the chain. This method ensures efficient cleaning without risking the cleaner coming into contact with unwanted areas.
3. Wiping the Chain: The Right Technique
Cleaning and wiping the chain requires a specific technique to minimize the risk of accidents. When wiping the chain, always pull from the top of the tire downwards. By doing so, you direct the chain away from the sprocket, reducing the chances of your fingers getting caught. This simple adjustment in hand motion can save you from painful accidents.
4. Properly Lubricate the Chain
Lubricating the chain is a vital step to maintain its performance and prolong its lifespan. However, it’s crucial not to overdo it. Instead of spraying lubricant all over the chain, sprocket, hub, and tire, focus on applying a moderate amount directly on the chain’s rollers. Spray one complete circle and allow it to sit for a minute or two. Then, use a clean rag to dab off any excess drips. This approach ensures optimal lubrication without creating a messy and potentially hazardous situation.
We hope these tips will help you in effectively cleaning and maintaining your motorcycle chain. Remember, safety should always be your top priority. If you have any further questions or tips to share, feel free to leave a comment below. Don’t forget to like and subscribe for more valuable motorcycle maintenance content.
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