|FOR THE DO-IT-YOURSELF DUCATI OWNER
|WD-40, Chain Wax or Chain Lube, Rags, Rear Stand
Lubing the chain is one of the easiest things you can do. It's also one of the most
frequent things you need to do. Every 500 or so miles, just follow these steps and your
chain will live a long and healthy life.
|First go for a quick ride to heat the chain up (if you are using chain
wax- if you're not, you don't need to perform this step). Then
continue by getting the bike on a rear stand. If you don't have access
to a rear stand, use the method outlined in my valves page for how to
lift the rear with a jack and jackstands.
|Then slowly turn the wheel (with the bike in neutral,
of course) and wipe off all the gunk that's on there.
|Then, while rotating the wheel, spray WD-40 all
along it to break up the old lube and grease.
|Then you can get the tire going at a pretty good
clip and wipe all the WD-40 and grease off.
|It may take a little bit to get it completely clean, but I'm a perfectionist
so it took me about 15 minutes. Don't forget all the surrounding areas!
|Then, you can rotate the wheel slowly and apply the chain wax to the
backside, all the way around. The important thing to remember is that
o-ring chains that Ducati's use do not need internal lubrication. The wax is
only an outer protectant, and the lubricating qualities of the wax are
minimal. Chain lube does a better job of lubing than wax, but it's messier.
Either way, this is mainly to protect the metal-on-metal contact.
|Then rotate the wheel and get the inner side all the way around. If you
use chain lube instead of wax, use it sparingly. I use wax because it stays
on the chain longer and doesn't sling goo everywhere when the wheels
|Finally, get the side of the cahin all the way around.
|I found that the chain guide liked to accumulate all kinds of
grit and stuff, so be sure to place a rag in there and rotate the
chain all the way around to catch it all.
|When you've got it good and lubed, you can whiz the tire around and wipe
off the excess lube. Again, the lube you are applying is for surface
protection only since o-ring chains are already lubed and sealed (that's why
you don't want to apply corrosive chemicals to them- it will destroy the
o-rings and thus the chain).
|With the chain lubed, you can wipe off all the overspray on the
tire, wheel, and swingarm with some WD-40 or soap and water.
|Don't forget to clean the brake rotor with some
brake parts cleaner- you don't want lube on that.
|And you're done. Easy enough, huh? Now you just need to do it again in another 500 miles!
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