Despite the working area of modern O-ring chains being sealed and greased inside, you still need to clean and lubricate the outside of your chain, to ensure the efficiency of the drive and extending chain and sprocket life. In this video, we’ll show you how to properly and efficiently clean and lubricate your motorcycle chain. First, you’ll will need a bike. No, a motorbike. No, a motorbike with a chain To make your life easier, a motorcycle rear stand is very helpful, as is a drip tray, cardboard or rags, something to clean your chain with and chain lubricant. And this…. Wow, what’s that?!?!? That is a grunge brush, a wonderful piece of engineering that will greatly assist in cleaning a motorcycle chain and costs a few dollars on eBay. Now, lets get to cleaning. First, take your bike for a 10 minute ride to warm up the chain, it makes cleaning it easier. Jack the rear wheel up, put the bike in neutral and place some cardboard behind the chain where you intend to spray it. Continue spraying along the top, or inside of the chain until you’ve done a complete revolution. Next, spray on the outside of the chain at the rear sprocket. Place cardboard behind the chain again to protect the other parts of your bike. Leave the bike for around 10 minutes to let the chain cleaner penetrate and dry. Even without taking a brush to the chain, a good quality cleaner will already make it look much nicer. Hopefully your drip tray has caught most of waste. Now, take your grunge brush. There’s two ways of using it. First, manually rotate the back tire like you did when applying the chain cleaner. Or… Put the bike in first, turn it on and use your left hand on the clutch lever to regulate the wheel speed. Try not to put your fingers in the chain or sprocket. That might hurt. Before applying the chain lubricant, you may want to hose the bike down to remove any grime that is still sticking to the chain or sprocket. Once the chain has dried, it’s time to lubricate it. Before you begin lubricating, a quick rundown on what it is your spraying. Essentially, you’re lubricating the external sections of the chain that make contact with two sprockets. Specifically, you’re lubricating between the side plates, which are made up of an outer and inner side plate, as well as the rollers. When applying the lubricant, you can either be surgical, using just as much as you need… or coat the chain if you want to be quicker. Either way is fine. Once finished, wipe away any excess lubricant and you’re done. Do it regularly enough, you’ll enjoy a smoother drive and longer lasting chain and sprockets.