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post #1 of 30 Old 01-18-2011, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Lockjaw's 5 minute KLR spa.

So, today I took five minutes and gave the bike a little love. I know that this is not rocket science and lots of people take good care of their bikes. But some don't. And some folks are new and don't think of this stuff. So, I'm a little compulsive, but I do this every other week or so (some stuff more often...tire pressure for example). I took a ride and I am always amazed at the difference 5 mins can make. So, what did I do?

- Cleaned chain well (WELL).
- Oiled Chain (I'm using PJ1 right now...you were right, Mark...but I've used it all. Chain wax is pretty neat.)
- Dose of Sea Foam in the tank
- Oil on the clutch cable (I use tri-flo)
- Checked tire pressure (always losing air)

That's it. Nice and simple. Easy to do and immediate results. Your bike will love you for it. And you won't be judged by people like me if we see your rusty ass chain.




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post #2 of 30 Old 01-19-2011, 12:54 AM
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So, today I took five minutes and gave the bike a little love....

Damn it, Dan, I've told you that this is a family forum.

And what's with this 5 minute crap?

Anything over three minutes is raising the bar further than most of us can reach.

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What pressure do you keep your tires at? I've read different things - stock recommendation is too low for street, too high for off road, etc. I'm curious what works for you.
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Damn it, Dan, I've told you that this is a family forum.

And what's with this 5 minute crap?

Anything over three minutes is raising the bar further than most of us can reach.

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And just look what happened to your chain! Sorry, couldn't resist.

Tire pressures: Lately I've been doing 37 rear and 32 front on the road. Air pressures are like oil, though, no one can agree. But around 35 rear and around 30 front is a good place to start. (I think)




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Nice. I stay on my chain because I can't stand the sound when its even slightly dirty or dry.

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Nice. I stay on my chain because I can't stand the sound when its even slightly dirty or dry.
How do you hear it over wind noise, engine noise and through ear plugs?
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Oh sorry. My bike didn't come with the Teleport to Freeway option. So I have to ride in parking lots and local surface streets first. So, that's usually when I can hear it if it's not clean/slightly dry.

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Again, how do you hear it over engine and road noise, through earplugs? I only hear the engine on my bike, and occasionally I'll hear the tires when I'm running agressive treads and am leaned over..
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oh yea...ear plugs....
I don't hear the chain when I have my mp3 playing. Otherwise, I don't wear earplugs.

You really can't hear your chain when riding down the street or in parking lots? Man, I hear everyones chain when they're going slow. Chains and low tire pressure on cars in parking lots are a lil peeve of mine.

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Not to preach, but the reason I can't hear the chain is most likey to do with wind noise from not wearing ear plugs.
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