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Old 07-31-08, 07:19 PM   #1
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Motorcycle products?

I have a goofy question for you guys. I work at a motorcycle dealership and have been thinking about using some of the products made for motorcycle chains on my bike. I've been thinking about it for a while because I'm getting toward the end of my bike chain lube.

I realized that motorcycle chains put up with a lot more stress and heat than bike chains, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask. The product is very thin and it is not a wax. Here's a link to the product, but it doesn't give too much information.

http://www.maximausa.com/products/ch...chainguard.asp

Let me know what you think. Thanks in advance.

-Jared
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Old 07-31-08, 07:25 PM   #2
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Won't make a big deal on bike-chains. Motorcycle chains are sealed with thick lube on the inside and the spray-on lube really just lubricates the O-rings.

Honda recommends using 75-90wt gear-oil on their chains. You can pick up a gallon for something around $7 and it'll last you several decades.

Save the rest of your money for liquor!!!
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Motorcycle chains are usually sealed and aren't nearly as bothered by thick lubes as bike chains. I expect a motorcycle chain lube would be too heavy bodied for good results on a bicycle chain.
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Be nice. I'd figure the same stuff that would work on a motorcycle would also work on a bicycle. He said the stuff was thin anyway, so it may be just the thing.
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I use silkolene chain lube
seems ok
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Don't worry, I measure everything I buy based upon numbers of drinks. I think the underlying goal here is chain-performance and durability. In that respect, the maintenance-schedule has more to do with that than any kind of lube really. Clean your chain and lube it every 500-miles and it'll last quite a long time.
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Moto chain lubes are too thick for use on bicycle chains, but I did get good results with a moto chain wax.

After I sold my last moto (Ducati 900SS, a.k.a., The Paycheck Vampire) I had an extra can of a paraffin-based wax made by Maxima... I believe it was called Parafilm. I used that on my beater rain-commuter, and it worked great in crummy weather.

Once the can was empty, I switched to Pedro's Icewax... It needs more frequent applications, but it doesn't make the whole house smell like diesel fuel.
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A friend of mine "borrowed" some motorcycle wax-based chain lube from work and it worked fine. It was a little thicker than comparable bike stuff (I use White Lightning), but it seemed to work fine. From that I would guess non-wax ones would work too. I sometime use heavy Valvoline synthetic grease when in a pinch for other bicycle applications so I would say it'll work.
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After using some Maxima and Silkolene lubes for a winter I switched to using a heavy oil sold as chain saw bar oil that I bought for my hedge trimming saw.

There was certainly nothing wrong with using the motorcycle stuff but I found it to be a little harder to clean compared to the oil.

I can't really think of anything else from the motorcycle shelf other than the chain lube that I've used on bicycles.
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I use the motorcycle spray polish on my bikes.

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