Pro Honda Oils Chain Lube And Cleaner
June 01, 2013
Get More Life Out Of Your Drivetrain
By James Holter
Your chain is the link—actually, about 110 links—between your transmission and your rear wheel, and it takes a lot of abuse. Unlike many other parts of your drivetrain, your chain is not lubed by a constant bath of dino juice or polymer-enhanced synthetic. Nope, it does its duty exposed to dust, salt, dirt, mud and water, and whatever else you ride through.
So, if you want your chain to a) last as long as possible and b) not break at the worst time, you need to take care of it. That means cleaning it and lubing it.
For some chain maintenance options that work, consider the stuff from Pro Honda Oils. The Honda division, which is probably best known for its general-purpose spray cleaner, sells both cleaner and lube that simply works.
The cleaner is the first step, and it’s solid. Most recently, I used it daily during a weeklong 100-mile-a-day off-road ride through rock, dust and mud. I just sprayed it on, let it set a few minutes and then wiped it off with a rag. It worked great, and would probably be even more effective with a brush and water to rinse it off.
Once the chain dries, it’s time to lube it. Pro Honda Oils offers chain lube “with white graphite” and chain lube “with moly.” Both work. In my experience, the white graphite lasts longer but is stickier. In high-dust environments, it tends to collect more residue than the moly lube. However, while it runs cleaner longer, the moly doesn’t appear to last as long between applications.
Street riders may want to go graphite, while the moly lube is better for off-road applications.
There are few negatives to report here. If you oversaturate your chain with the white graphite lube, you’ll likely get some sling-off, but it cleans off easily. The solution? Next time don’t use so much lube. The moly lube likely will need to be re-applied each ride, but that’s not unusual for bikes ridden off-road.
According to Pro Honda Oils, the cleaner and both of the chain lubes will work with either standard or o-ring chains.