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Chain lube tip

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Just thought I would pass this on to everyone. The Versys got a little tlc on the weekend: fresh plugs, new synthetic oil, cleaned the air filter, and chain maintenance. Finished up with a good wash and all 3 stages of Mother's California Gold. Looks brand new!

So, I scrubbed the hell out of the chain with a Grunge Brush. Turned the wheel and the chain still sounded like a bicycle chain with sand in it. Cleaned the rear sprocket really well, same thing. So, I took the cover off where the front sprocket is. Holy crap, was I surprised to pull out a golf ball sized blob of grease and dirt from right inside that cover. I removed the sensor that's in front of the sprocket, scraped the rest of the crap out, cleaned it out with wd40, and blew it out with compressed air. Good as new now!

The chain was pretty clean when I bought the bike. I've kept up the maintenance sice I've had it. Has anyone else ever cleaned out from in behind there to find a mess like that?

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I did mine the other day. I also could not believe how dirty it was . I kept seeing sports of grease on the garage floor could not figure out where it was coming from till I took off the front sprocket cover.

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I had a big-azz blob back there. had taken it off from mere curiosity and was a bit taken aback. Going to be part of the routine now.

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I had a big-azz blob back there. had taken it off from mere curiosity and was a bit taken aback. Going to be part of the routine now.
+1-Routine maintenance .

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Yep did mine after finding a strange sound coming from that area and found a small stone wedged up there rubbing the chain.
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Yes Sir - I got rid of the 'Golfball Glop" a few weeks ago.
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Thanks, good to know I'm not the only one. Definitely going to make that part of my regular maintnance now!

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I looked and found a glob of original looking chain lube - after 2000 miles. I've been using WD-40 and the Dupont Teflon lube, or I think it would have been worse.

Thanks for the tip!
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