Discussion in 'General VFR Discussions' started by f3racer, Aug 10, 2014.
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Fitted a scottoiler
Why on earth would you do such a thing?
Your chain does not need lubrication. All the lube it will ever need is already inside it (this is why the O/X rings are there).
When we "lube" a chain, we are actually just adding a film to protect it from corrosion. Which is why dry "lube" is generally the most effective, as it does not collect dirt and stays on much better.
A Scottoiler does little more than ensure that your chain is always coated in low viscosity oil that dirt can stick to and that gets flung on every other part of your bike.
It literally makes it necessary to clean the chain much more often.
Got the bike rolled into the living room and started ordering the service parts I need to get it ready for next season. 16/45 sprockets, new tires, Speedo Healer, oil, filters, brake rotors and pads, etc...
Itchy Boots uses an oiler and I love her!
Don't really care who or what uses it. It's still a stupid idea. Be it Rossi or the drunk guy down the street.
Seeing that horrible thing on a bike tells you one thing: The owner cares, but lacks knowledge. Most people don't fit them because they are too lazy to maintain their chain, but because they legitimately think it will be better for their bike.
The simple fact is that it is a product that is based on a complete misunderstanding of how chain maintenance works. Or why it is done.
Your chain has grease inside the links, isolated by the O/X/whatever rings. That is all the lubrication it will ever need and adding more would literally require you to completely take apart every link of your chain.
The ONLY reason we "lube" our chains, is to protect them from the elements and prevent corrosion.
We can argue all day about what the best product is. We all have preferences. But the ideal product has very easily quantifiable qualities: Those being that it sticks to the chain, does not allow dirt to stick to it and creates a good barrier between the chain and the elements.
I prefer the so called "white sprays" that dry and does not leave the chain sticky or oily and does not get flung everywhere. Objectively speaking, that type of product hits every point on the list of things your chain needs.
Put in a new clutch and new stator today. I couldn't finish the job because the gasket on the stator side was the wrong one.
Oh well, won't be riding it for the next 3 months anyway.
To be honest I have had dry lube and it also makes things stick to it. Scottoiler is just easier to ensure a little lubrication. I always forget to clean and relube the chain, but at the moment I can just lube it while riding. Haven't had a single problem with getting the back wheel coated in oil, just make sure to get it fit right (well yeah, adjusted) and there shouldn't be a problem. The chain is also much more quieter tbh.
So, finish your opinion. What kind of average chain life do you get with what kind of riding where over the life of several chains?
Finally got my bike zipped back up with a new clutch and stator. I put in an EBC clutch kit but now wondering if I should have gone OEM. With my old clutch, it wasn't grabbing until almost the very end of travel. Now it almost grabs with the lever all the way in.
Sounds to me like something isn’t right if it’s not disengaging correctly, and I don’t think it would be the EBC gear.
Did you bleed the clutch?
Just rebuilt the both cylinders and bled last winter.
Had a further look today. Ok, nothing wrong with the EBC clutch kit. The problem turned out to be me. I have adjustable levers and I had adjusted it in because the clutch grab point was so far out. I had to adjusted it back out away from the bar to give me more travel distance. Works fine now. I can't believe how far the grab point changed between an old clutch and a new one. Makes me wish for a traditional cable rather than hydraulic.
Cold ride to the fuel station and back, all 18 miles. 34-36* F, but dry and light winds. Filled up with ethanl free gas. Looks like it will be the best day this month weather-wise, so we took the oportunity to finish 2019 having ridden at least once in each month of the year.
Discovered that having 100 kg (220 lbs) of son/elf over the back wheel make the handling a bit iffy. More than 1/3 throttle and the front wheel is in the air...
Last weekend, on the way back home from some Christmas shopping, my engine died suddenly. Bike still had power, would still crank, but the fuel pump wouldn't prime, and I couldn't get the bike to push start (because I had no fuel pump). My wife came and picked me up, ran home, got the trailer, went back and retrieved the bike. Didn't get a chance to look into the failure until yesterday. Luckily, it was only a blown fuse for the fuel pump. While I was at it, I rewired my heated grips from direct off the battery to connected via the vfrness. Not sure if it had anything with the fuse blowing, but at the time I was running my heated grips full heat (<4 amps, direct from battery at that point), charging my phone (~2.4 amps, vfrness), and my heated jacket liner at full heat (6.2 amps, vfrness). Hopefully wiring the grips through the vfrness will prevent any further odd fuse pops, and I've added a bag of spare fuses to my list of always on the bike supplies. If I had spare fuses with me at the time, it would've been a work fix, and I wouldn't have had to mess with the trailer. Lesson learned.
I need to do a test run on the electrical at full tilt (usb chargers, heated jacket, gloves, grips) to see if there's any other failure points in the system, and if there are, they fail at the vfrness's fuse box instead of killing the bike.
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How cold can it get in S.CA (heated jacket, gloves, grips)? I've ridden in 35*F weather here in Michigan (albet not far) without artificial heat, and survived.
All kidding aside, I hope that solves any future problems that otherwise would have stranded you on the roadside in the future.
Surprisingly it can get pretty cold. I’ve ridden at 27F, in of all places, Malibu. Odd thing here too, it can be in the mid 30’s in the morning and mid 70’s in the afternoon! I had one ride where it was 38F when I left the house and by the mid afternoon it was 94F.
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