DIFFERENTIATE THE TYPE OF LUBES
There are different kinds of chain lubes available in the market that comes with different application styles and lubing properties. Aerosol sprays are messy and more expensive, but they work fast and spread over a wider area. Paste or chain wax are mess-free but aren't as penetrative as aerosol lubricants.
Wet lube is designed for humid or wet conditions. It typically comes as a fluid with high viscosity that's designed to cling onto the chain and is less likely to get washed off. Wet lube also stays moist when applied on the chain. However, it tends to collect a lot of dust and grime and eventually may leave a black paste on your chain.
Dry lube is a thin fluid that evaporates minutes after application and leaves behind a friction-reducing film. Dry lube can be washed off with water and it doesn’t attract dust or mud to your chain. It’s mostly used in dry or dusty conditions.
Chain lube sprays are easy to apply and spread over a wider area since the fluids have a low viscosity. Spray lubricants are typically more expensive than paste lubes due to the convenience of a spraying straw, but they are more resistant to flinging.
Chain paste lubricants are highly concentrated and designed to remain intact on the chain. They also allow for deep penetration into the chain. It's not easy to apply as it requires much precision to get the whole chain covered. You'd also use more paste in comparison to spray lube with just one application.
WHAT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING THE LUBE
WATER AND DUST RESISTANCE
The best motorcycle lubes are resistant to dust and water and are suitable for off-road adventures especially on a dirt bike. Go for a product with anti-corrosion properties as a bonus. Dust often gums up an oily chain and water leads to the formation of rust. It's really difficult to remove rust and other deposits from a chain system. The elements could even break the chain.
- Driving Conditions: If you drive in humid or wet conditions, you need a lube that’s water-resistant to protect your chain from rust. However, if you are a fan of off-roading, then you should go for a dry lube that’s dirt-resistant.
Motorcycles either have X-ring or O-ring chains. They are both used to seal the inner and outer plates, pin, roller, and the bushing of a motorcycle chain link. X-rings offer better protection and resistance to wear than O-ring chains. O-ring chains, on the other hand, are affordable. Ensure the lube you choose is compatible with the type of chain you have; otherwise, you may damage it
- Anti-Fling Formula: The last thing you want to see when you are blasting across the road is your lubricant getting flung across the road. An anti-fling formula ensures that the chain lube remains firm on the chain, no matter how fast the chain moves.