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Chain oilers?

Does anyone use one of these chain oiler systems? If so,what is your opinion.....
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am I missing something? did you post a specific system? or are you just asking if anyone uses ANY auto oiler?

I have a motobriz oiler. it functions ok in warm weather. there are much better systems though.

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I commute every day rain or shine and my bike lives outside so I don't have time for daily chain maintenance. With the auto oiler I just wipe the dirt off the chain at every oil change or tire change. I run a 50/50 blend of wd40 and gear oil.

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I have vacuum operated Scottoilers on several bikes. Work good.
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I was asking a general question about oilers...I should have stated that.
Webbike World has a review on a very basic Cobrra Nemo I thought interesting, my education on chains is ongoing.
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i have a loobman on the versys, it gets the job done. my recent trip must have covered about 3000 miles, hardly made a dent in the reservoir volume. fiddly to install, but simple to operate and i like that it doesn't tap into the motor. i had a scottoiler on the old transalp, one seems to work as well as the other. i fill the res with chainsaw oil. these things are great for touring. there was a lot of road construction in ID-MT-WY where the bike gets covered in dust and muck. i was happy to have that oiler installed.

here a review on another interesting option.
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What I don't understand is how the constant oilers don't make a mess on garage floors. I clean and lube mine about every 2 or 3 days, and it still has a few spots here and there. When I had an oem gravity feed oiler on my Norton Commando 750, I had to stick a screw in it because my whole back end was covered in oil.

I would like to see garage floors well lit around where one of those bikes are parked. It's just hard to believe they don't dribble on the floor at night
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the loobman is not a constant feed. you open the valve to allow a small amount into the tube, which slowly makes its way to the chain. when it's done, it's done, until you send another slug of oil into the tube. a small amount is good enough for an all day ride and will coat the chain before you stop for gas. there is no flow at the end of the day. the same amount for my 5-mile commute might lube the floor, so i don't do that.

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I run a Pro-Oiler

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Gigitt - NICE! I did something similar many years ago, using a 'Loobman' and a 12v windshield washer pump. Worked OK, then I switched to using ONLY WD40, and removed the Loobman 'stuff'.

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That's one clean windshield! Do you use Windex?

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That's one clean windshield! Do you use Windex?


Plexus - perspex polish and cleaner :P

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What kind of wind screen do you have? I didn't think you had one!
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What kind of wind screen do you have? I didn't think you had one!
I commute without one,

but use Madstad 20in Sports screen

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if you are super budget minded you can make your manual auto oiler own for pennies.

all you need is a bottle reservoir, a small engine primer bulb, some tubing, and pick the style of oil delivery fitting that you want.

each time you ride you just hit the primer bulb and the oil makes its way down to the chain.

the motobriz uses a sort of felt pad that gets damp and the chain rides over it picking up the oil.
several use a one or two sided fine metal or plastic tube that places oil on the sides of the rear sprocket,
and one uses a string braid that hangs down form the swing arm and rides on the top of the lower chain.

you shouldn't get drips in the garage from most of them because the oil delivery should be very slow measured on drops per applied to the entire length of chain per mile.
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