There’s been a huge amount of chatter on social media and some of the various motorcycle forums, regarding the need (or not) to lubricate modern O ring type chains. Many FB group members commented on my recent post regarding Scottoilers, and a large percentage of comments centred around lubrication of any kind being somewhat redundant.
So my ears pricked up when Neil Wyenn, a friend and reviewer in the US, sent an email to Vortex Racing, the main US distributor of EK Chains, one of the largest producers of quality sealed O ring type motorcycle chains. Here was their reply:
“While o-ring chains require LESS maintenance, it is still paramount that you keep the chain clean, lubricated, and under proper tension. You should be cleaning and lubing your chain after every 300 miles minimum – probably more off-road.”
Now let’s look at what D.I.D Chains say about maintaining their O ring chains:
“For cleaning and lubricating, D.I.D recommends use of exclusive oils that state to be seal-ring safe to properly maintain any drive chain. Clean the chain by wiping with a soft cloth dampened with an O-Ring/X-Ring® safe cleaner and dry completely every 300miles (500kms) to prevent surface rust and ensures maximum performance. To protect X-Ring®, never use steam, thinner or such volatile solvents as gasoline or benzene, and a wire bush as well. Lube the chain every other use with an O-Ring/X-Ring safe lubricant.”
So two or the largest producers of quality, modern and sealed O ring motorcycle chains both maintain that it is imperative you clean and lubricate your chain every 300 miles or 500 kilometres. Social media or the chain producers themselves? You decide who’s advice to take..