Chain Lube Criteria
So that's why we basically have to trust whatever they're telling us on the label. Kind of like motorcycle oil... Let's face it: the criteria for motorcycle chain lubes are:
Availability: That is, you can get it without too much effort;
Price: It costs what you're willing to pay;
Ease of Use: Easy to apply (whatever the word "easy" means to you -- because if it ain't easy to apply, you're not going to do it, and the "best" chain lube in the world is worthless if it sits on the shelf);
Resistance to Fling-Off: It stays on the chain and doesn't spray all over the wheel, swingarm and everywhere else;
Longevity: The product seems to last, at least until the next time you get up enough energy to bend down and do the job again;
Effectiveness: That it works (or at least seems to, because again -- who really knows?).
Just got an email in from the USA:, with these claimed distributorsjohngooding wrote: Hi David,
Ive seen this one very interesting. Can you get Klotz KLR over here?
I'm afraid I can't agree with both these statements. Whether the plates are rusty or not is irrelevant. It's the pins passing through the inner plates that are wearing. The main reason for lube is that you want to keep grime and especially water away from the O-rings and you do want the rollers at least slightly lubricated. Because if the rollers and sprocket are dry you will get excessive wear on the sprockets.Try to make sure the spray gets on the side plates -- that's really what you're lubing, because the O-rings are theoretically keeping the insides of the rollers filled with grease, and any lube on the outside of the rollers is gone the first time they pass through the sprockets.
Interesting no response.Davidfl;268042 wrote: Time to pop this one up again.
I'm up for yet another chain on the AT & would like to source something from Bangkok, as my Singapore contact is not so reliable or efficient.
I once had a chain airmailed in from Sing bin a hurry & got hot big tome for customs duty - almost as much as the chain cost because the duty was paid on the freight (Postage) as well. Double ouch.
So what are you guys using & from whom do you order?
I'm after 525 size O or X-ring with 124 links + a new master joining link.
Let's get some ideas coming in....
mussen;245122 wrote: If anyone wants x-ring chains in 520 or 525 size, PM me, prices are ;
X-ring chain 520- 120 link USD$37.95
X-ring chain 525- 120 link USD$39.95
Manufactured here in Thailand, they are Asahi brand, and are an impressive chain. I have only ever used the non o-ring chains they make, and on a 250cc four stroke dirt bike and I'm very impressed with them. Prior to using them I used RK (gold) brand chains, and noticed considerable stretch after only a couple of rides, even though I looked after the chain really well (cleaned, lubed regularly). In fact with this Asahi chain I've got on the bike now, I've started treating it like an o-ring because it hasn't shown signs of wear.