Originally Posted by KitNYC
Bella, your information is suspect, or perhaps just down right wrong. You are aware that there's chain lube inside those o-rings, right? The o-rings are rubber; they don't get damp.
Aussie Sprint, you won't go wrong with DID x-ring, but you'll pay a lot more than I do for my EK 530SRX x-rings. X-rings are much better than o-rings, BTW.
I have just shy of 37,000 miles on my current chain, which I've lubed every 500 or so with DuPont Teflon lube. I don't think you can get this stuff down under, but Lanotec liquid lanolin apparently has very similar properties. My previous chain probably did about 14,000 miles before it was well and truly done. My current chain could probably go another 5,000, maybe 10,000, before it's as bad as the old one was. That's all down to environment, really. The chain before this went through two NYC Winters full of salt and snow; this one's only seen salt twice in the three and a half years it's been on the bike.
Hi Kit... (suspect, down right wrong?) Could be my grammar (never my strong point) maybe damp was not the right word? and yes I am aware that there is lubricant in a chain (****me been in the trade for 30 years... you telling me its not sand?) what I was trying to get across.... was the o-ring's needs to be kept supple (damp, oiled whatever you want to call it) to do their job... if they dry out or get damaged its too late (bolting the stable door so to speak) I agree with you a Teflon type spray (or fine machine oil) is the best product to keep the seals supple..and help them to do their job of keeping the crap out and the LUBE IN...
Like you every 500 mile's or so I wipe all the crud off the chain on my own motorcycle's with a cloth (lightly) sprayed with brake cleaner (yeah I did say brake cleaner) re-lube it with machine oil (scott oil) wipe of the excess and then apply a coat of chain wax...(not chain spray) The wax dries and seals in the thin layer of oil and prevent any fling off... My chain is dry to the touch (reducing future contamination) yet well lubricated :-) When we service our customers motorcycles, maintaining the chain is a major part of the service.. Its not just a case of covering the chain in sticky over the counter chain lubes...
I agree with you, regular chain maintenance is a must... but unfortunately some bike/previous owners wait until the chain has dried up and gone rusty before they decide to do it... and your right again regarding x-ring chains they are better than o-ring but it all wasted money if you don't have good sprockets, correct tension and keep on top of the maintenance.... Ride Safe