Levi’s Tips: When and How to Lube Your Dirt Bike Chain
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.
2. Rotate your chain until the master link is below the swing arm hanging freely.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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