I am creating this thread to document an experiment that will test the efficacy of "general purpose items" as opposed to motorcycle specific items (aeresols).
For the experiment I will be lubing the chain every 500 miles (or sooner if I get caught in the rain, ride thru mud etc).
I will be using this protocol:
0) Lift rear wheel with paddock stand
1) Remove front sprocket cover
2) Spray Kersosine K-1 ($8 per gallon at Walmart) from a spray bottle and coat the chain and sprockets GENEROUSLY.
3) Wait 5 minutes
4) Use a knockoff of the "Grunge Brush" a 3 sided nylon brush ($5 on Amazon) to scrub the chain and sprockets.
5) Rub a large piece of newspaper along the chain to remove as much build-up as I can.
6) Use a watering can (The kind that you use to water flowers) to rinse off the chain and the sprockets
7) Rub a cotton rag along the chain and sprockets to fully dry them
8) Use a leaf-blower to fully dry off the chain and all internals (In my case I am using a Shop-Vac in the reverse position to blow air)
9) Use a 1 inch paintbrush to apply a thin coat of 80w90 gear oil to the inside of the chain ($15 per gallon at Walmart)
10) Spin the rear tire several revolutions to make sure sprockets are coated with the lube and to use the centrifugal force to make the lube move to the internals and the other side of the chain
11) Wait 30 minutes. Turn rear wheel so that the 50% of the chain that was on the bottom is now on the top row (Gravity)
12) Use a paper towel to dry any excess lube from the chain.
13) Re-install front sprocket cover
14) Take bike down from paddock stand
I just purchased this motorcycle used with 1900 miles on it. The chain had rust spots. I did my very best to remove as much of the rust spots as I could. These where my final results after the cleaning:
I posted these as a "baseline". So that you can see what I am starting with. I will be updating this thread after each chain cleaning and/or lubing so that you can see how the chain wears and progresses.
I hope this research will be helpful to forum members.
I am putting many potential Myths to the test here. You will notice that in my steps I do not start with a "warmed up bike" or a "hot chain". This is one potential myth that I wish to put to the test. Whether it makes any difference if you "Go for a 15 minute ride first" before you begin. So we shall see.
Entry 1: 1950 miles 10/10/2016 Here is how the chain looks after cleaning and lubrication + wiping off excess lube.