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Just a simple question.. oddly, the manual does not have any recommendations on how often to oil the chain. I was just gonna oil when it looked dry, but figured I would ask..

How often do you find yourself oiling the chain?

Do you have to oil it after using a product like s-100?

What is the indicator that the chain needs oil?

Thanks
 

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A testimonial to Chris's method above: I've tried many different ways to clean and lube chains. Most methods eith resulted in lube slinging of onto the rim and swingarm, or the chain getting a few dry spots that devloped flash rust on the surface of rollers or sideplates here and there.

Since I switched to Chris's method, the chain stays clean and bright, absolutley no sling-off, and no dry spots. Takes about 10 minutes every 200-300 miles. Also gives you a regular inspection of the masterlink if you use it for your start/finish point. I like the Maxima Chain Wax with this method, and won't use anything else now.
 

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I've got two words for you... Scottoiler! Maintenance FREE!
 

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One more vote for Maxima Chain wax. It lubricates well and you won't find it on your rear wheel after lubricating your chain.
 

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This reminds me of a story.. gather round the fire kids...

About 7 years ago, when I was first starting, I applied some brand of chain lube (wish I could remember what kind) to my wife's seca 600. I did not wipe it off.. so it flung all over the left side of the tire.. and when she took a left turn, the bike went out from under her.

She re-gained control, just in time to see a curb. She wisely gunned it instead of hitting the brakes, and launched herself up onto the grass out of the road.

Proud of herself for recovering from what could have been a bad situation, she stopped the bike to collect herself. he put one foot down in the mud, slipped, and the bike fell over anyway.

Moral of the story:
wipe the excess oil off yer chain.
 

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... that hairspray will get you in trouble! The next time you're sitting by the chain with chainwax in your hair and your head is near those hot exhaust cannisters, you'll be doing a Mikey Jackson stage presentation!
 
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