Levi’s Tips: When and How to Lube Your Dirt Bike Chain

    June 6, 2016

One of the simplest ways to keep your dirt bike going strong is consistently lubing the chain. It sounds obvious, but some riders don’t do it often enough, or worse, don’t do it at all! 

Consistently using a good chain lube will keep your bike’s chain from corroding and will make it more pliable. This means extended chain and sprocket life, and a better performing bike. 

I spend a good part of my summer riding at my home compound here in Minnesota. After a day of riding, I clean my bike, let it dry, and then lube the chain with Loctite® Gear, Chain and Cable Lube

Here’s how to do it:

1. Put your dirt bike on a stand so your rear tire is off the ground. 

Levi LaVallee gear chain lube bike stand

2. Rotate your chain until the master link is below the swing arm hanging freely.

Levi LaVallee gear chain lube master link

3. Have a towel in one hand and Loctite® Gear, Chain and Cable Lube in the other. This particular lube is great because it repells dirt and dust. Use it and your job will be even easier next time! 

Levi LaVallee gear chain lube paper towel

4. Spray a small section at a time and keep the towel behind and underneath the chain to help prevent excess lube from going all over the floor.

Levi LaVallee gear chain lube prevent mess

5. Keep rotating the tire until you go all the way around at least a few times. This will ensure that you’ve successfully lubed around the entire chain.

Levi LaVallee gear chain lube rotate

And that’s it! It’s quick job, but taking just a few minutes to do it will ensure a better performing bike and longer life for your chain and sprockets.

Levi LaVallee gear chain lube

Over to You

Got any dirt bike or snowmobile maintenance questions you’d like me to answer? Let me know in the comments and I’ll pick out some of my favorites to answer in the future! 

About the Author, Levi LaVallee

Levi started riding snowmobiles at the young age of eight and from the start, he was hooked and wanted to give racing a try. After placing 2nd in his first snowmobile race, Levi has continued to succeed in racing and worked his way up to the Pro Class in 2003. With the desire to win and the need for speed, after multiple snocross podiums and wins, Levi had the opportunity to try snowmobile freestyle. With the tricks coming naturally, Levi was able to win his first freestyle competition he entered (with only a month of practice) and was awarded an invite to compete in Freestyle, Speed & Style and Snocross in the 2008 Winter X Games (the most disciplines any snowmobile athlete had ever competed in). Since then, Levi has continued to compete in all Snowmobile disciplines in the Winter X Games. He has earned himself a total of 10 Winter X Games medals (7 of which are gold), a snocross Championship Title, the first athlete to attempt a double backflip on a snowmobile and holds the current world record for longest snowmobile distance jump of 412ft (2011 Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. live on ESPN). If being a racer and a freestyle rider wasn’t enough, Levi embarked upon a new opportunity of Team Owner, Team LaVallee in 2009. The future? It is unknown, but one this is certain- Levi has the determination and the desire to continue pushing the limits and elevating the sport of snowmobiling.

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