2-42 PERIODIC MAINTENANCE
Periodic Maintenance Procedures
Drive Chain Lubrication Condition Inspection
Lubrication is necessary after riding through rain or on wet
roads, or any time that the chain appears dry.
Use a lubricant for sealed chains to prevent deterioration
of chain seals. If the chain is especially dirty, clean it using a
cleaner for sealed chains following the instructions supplied
by the chain cleaner manufacturer.
The O-rings between the side plates seal in the lu-
bricant between the pin and the bushing. To avoid
damaging the O-rings and resultant loss of lubri-
cant, observe the following rules.
Use only chain cleaner for cleaning of the O-ring of
the drive chain. Any other cleaning solution such
as gasoline will cause deterioration and swelling
of the O-ring. Immediately blow the chain dry with
compressed air after cleaning. Complete cleaning
and drying the chain within 10 minutes.
Apply chain oil to the sides of the rollers so that oil will
penetrate to the rollers and bushings. Apply the oil to the
O-rings so that the O-rings will be coated with oil.
Wipe off any excess oil.
Oil Applied Areas [A]
Wipe off lubricant that gets on the tire surface.
Drive Chain Slack Inspection
Check the slack with the motorcycle setting on its side
Clean the chain if it is dirty, and lubricate it if it appears
Check the wheel alignment (see Wheel Alignment Inspec-
Rotate the rear wheel to find the position where the chain
Measure the vertical movement (chain slack) [A] midway
between the sprockets.
If the chain slack exceeds the standard, adjust it.
25 ∼ 35 mm (1.0 ∼ 1.4 in.)