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Old 05-14-2008, 11:32 AM   #1
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Exclamation Clean and lube the chain

so, i've put about 1500 miles on my '07 ninja 250 this past month and i read some where (can't remember where though) that it's good practice to clean and lube the chain every 500+ miles or so. is this something I could do myself, or is something better left to a professional (like say, ummm...Tim!)?

If this is something I could be trusted to do on my own, how do i do it??? what items will i need, ect...?

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Yep. First off goto Cycle Gear and buy a grunge brush and some chain lube. There are many types of chain lube and you will really just have to find the one you like. I myself use PJ1. Then stop by home depot and pickup some kerosene. Pour some kerosene in a pan and set it under neath your chain. Soak the grunge brush in kerosene and scrub away at that chain. Keep cleaning off the grunge brush in the kerosene cause it is going to get really dirty. After a bit of elbow grease you will have a nice pretty clean chain. Then spray on your wax evenly and throughout the chain and presto! May have to wipe some goop off your frame or rim if you weren't careful applying the lube.

BTW...this works so much easier if you have a rear stand for your bike. You can do it without a stand but it will take much longer. If I am not mistaken though, your bike should have a center stand that will drop down and hold the back up off the ground a bit.
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you can do it yourself easily. and yes, every 500 miles or everytime your chain gets a bit of rain.

all you need is a rear stand, grunge brush, some lube, and about 10 minutes of your day
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do it yourself!

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1. Warm up th chain with a short 5-10 min ride
2. Put it on the center stand
3. Spray with chain cleaner
4. Scrub with Grunge Brush
5. Repeat steps 3-4 until clean
6. Reapply chain cleaner & wipe off all loose dirt
7. Apply your favorite chain lube/wax

DONE!
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thanks guys/gal! sounds pretty painles so I guess I'll give it a try this weekend
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what side of town you on? my gf has a ninja 500 as well. you can stop by and she can show you how its done
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what side of town you on? my gf has a ninja 500 as well. you can stop by and she can show you how its done
dude! this is my first bike EVER and i have never known anyone who had one i'd rather learn from a girl anyway cause we do things right the first time i live just off of Westheimer and Beltway 8...so if she gots time, i'm game
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dude! this is my first bike EVER and i have never known anyone who had one i'd rather learn from a girl anyway cause we do things right the first time i live just off of Westheimer and Beltway 8...so if she gots time, i'm game
Attend Patrick's class at Motorcycles Unlimited the next time he has one. He will give a good run down on the basics.

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Attend Patrick's class at Motorcycles Unlimited the next time he has one. He will give a good run down on the basics.

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dude! this is my first bike EVER and i have never known anyone who had one i'd rather learn from a girl anyway cause we do things right the first time i live just off of Westheimer and Beltway 8...so if she gots time, i'm game
I am sure she would she's helped me do it enough times and she needs some more girl rider friends. We are over by BW8 & 45
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I am sure she would she's helped me do it enough times and she needs some more girl rider friends. We are over by BW8 & 45
that's cool i'll give it a shot this week end and if i f*ck it all up, i'll probably be back on here cryin about it and will def. ask for her assistance
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that's cool i'll give it a shot this week end and if i f*ck it all up, i'll probably be back on here cryin about it and will def. ask for her assistance
you cant really mess anything up. its fairly simple. i would say this weekend but we have 2 benefit rides this w/e for friends that were in accidents so its pretty packed as it is. if you still need help let us know.
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Dont forget to pray the chain on the inside since the centrifigul force will pull the grease through the chain. And clean off the excess so you don't sling it all around on your bike and into others while riding
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i always warm mine up first and then do those steps everyone was talking about... dont know if it is any better but that is the way i was taught
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Hi Sweetie, lots of people have lots of advise, but on Ur bike, its not gonna take much U ride so easy and not too much power to stretch chains like a bigger bike, and prolly wont need the grunge brush, just spray it down with some cleaner or wd 40 and apply some chain lube/wax but getting it warm by riding first does help, If U need anything just let me know, I,ll do it for free if U like and show U how as well also
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i just spray on some wax every time i ride before. i thought the rest of the steps where kinda excesive.
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