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How often should you lubricate the chain on 1100 special and what is the best stuff
 

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Have you checked the user manual? :glasses12:

In all seriousness, the chain on an 1100 Special is just like the chain on any motorcycle. If you ride in dusty or rainy conditions you need to clean & lube more often than in dry conditions. Every few hundred km's up to 1000 or more.

When it comes to which lube is best, that's nearly like an oil thread.... some prefer spray on wax, others lithium grease, and some go as far as anally putting a tiny drop of oil on every O-ring.... Just regulary clean it and make sure it's protected enough so it can't rust.
 

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Just cleaned my chain recently, be sure to use some card board or something behind the chain and in front of your rim! Got a little bit of overspray on my rim and I am still kicking myself. If anyone knows how to clean a little bit off the rim, that would be appreciated...
 

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Workshop manual for the 800 says:


FortNine tested Gear Oil against more specialty (and expensive) stuff here:
Use an oily film, kind of like a Scottoiler does but it is in a controlled way over a longer period of time. I use it turned right down and my chains are always have a perfect shimer with no mess on the wheels.
 

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How often should you lubricate the chain on 1100 special and what is the best stuff
It depends on your driving style / conditions (dry/wet/muddy) and temperature.
Try to Keep the chain really clean. Nearly every new motorcycle chain is permanent lubricated at its Joints (o-ring/x-ring) and just needs a thin oil film.
Check it every time before you ride.
 

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Anything Teflon. Teflon based lube's are the best for any type of chain. Whether it be motorcycle or bicycle chain's.
 

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I used S1000 white chain grease and the motul paste on different bikes. i think i never really got the hang of how much to put on and rarely thought of wiping excess grease off the chain after a few minutes so it does not re-paint the rim, number plate or rear fender. wd-40 works great. never dull may work, but is better on the chome parts because it can leave a white sort of haze on matte finish surfaces.

Next I'm going to test this stuff called PDL (Profi Dry Lube). Used and applied like regular chain grease spray, but it's a dry lubricant, so it hopefully puts the end to gunk everywhere. Just applied it for the first time, so I'll have to see how well it works.
 

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Tri-Flow...it comes in a spray and spray foam...Teflon should always be used on ANY chain, bike or motorcycle...WD-40 acts as a cleaner or solvent...will get down into O-rings and destroy them after time.
 

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I used Motul chain lube C4 Factory line and while it’s a fanstastic lubricant, it did fling a little and it’s quite annoying to get off. Regardless it’s a great lube. I switched to Maxima chain wax and couldn’t be happier. It does not fling whatsoever and I ride a 1100 as well and keeps my chain looking good. With regards to how often to clean, I live in Southern California and clean my chain every 150-200 miles and only ride on paved roads.

How often should you lubricate the chain on 1100 special and what is the best stuff
 

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WD-40 acts as a cleaner or solvent...will get down into O-rings and destroy them after time.
Absolutely right. Try it on some air-balloons at the next kids birthday party :).
I only use WD-40 to clean the rim and usually spray it on a rag and not on the surface I want to clean.
 

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I work in Oil and Gas and can say that WD40 does NOT damage 'O' rings. We use it all the time on all applications because it does not harm 'O' rings. That said, there is better stuff out there like GT85 with PTFE for example.
Birthday party balloons, I've never tried it so can't say.
 

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Been using Teflon spray on my chain. Does the job.
I picked up a pack of 'Baby Wipes' and does the job on cleanup of the Teflon fling on the rim.
 

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Clean with kerosene, wipe dry, then lube with Bel Ray super clean. let dry overnight very little fling off. I use a grease ninja to apply the lube to keep overspray to a minimum
 
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