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post #31 of 61 Old 02-16-2020, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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Chain lube? I haven't even done that yet. So I might as well.

My dad wouldn't consider moving from his house even if it collapsed from an earthquake and the equivalent house near me came with dancing girls. He'd rather live in a rubble pile of his current house. I've tried to get him to move in with me but he wont. You've never heard the creativity of excuses why he "can't" move. But when I'm an old PITA codger, I hope people will leave me alone and let me do what I want. So, I don't give him any crap, whatever he wants is what I want him to get. He's earned it. So has any other dude who worked their butts off and provided for a family. They should be allowed to do whatever they want when their nest is empty and they retire.

Anywho ... chain lube. Yes.

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A little bit of preparation...

It's been raining here to no end for the past couple weeks. It's saturated and still coming down. But yesterday when I got home from work it stopped long enough for me to open the garage door and roll the mighty Piglett out so I could get to it.

I couldn't find my old can of chain lube so I guess I finally used it all up. So I ordered DuPont Teflon Chain-Saver Dry Self-Cleaning Lubricant. I read it was mo' bettuh. The stuff I had before was still on the list of good chain lube, and I had that old can for a looooong time.

I got the tars aired up. And I pulled both spark plugs out to a) check them, and b) see if there were any chance to index them. I was surprised there was barely any torque on them. The right side was indexed about as perfect as could be so I put it back in and torqued it to 12 N-m. The left side, well, it wasn't indexed well, but it least it didn't have its back turned to the intake valve. So, I slapped it back in and torqued it to 12 N-m as well. Here are the two spark plugs.

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2016 Honda Rebel 250 - The "Piglet."
AFR sensor equipped and downsized to a 0.105" main jet.
The only changes so far.
Bought on 6/29/19 with 44 miles.
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Look ok to me, maybe a little on the lean side. But that's not necessarily a reflection that the bike runs lean all the time.

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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I raced motorcycles, and had a couple sport bikes. I spent time cleaning and lubing chains. The chain could be a beauty to look at on sport bikes. On the Rebel, with the chain guard in place, the chain is hardly noticeable. And now I'm a boomer so I don't care to spend much time on a chain. And I've never had a chain problem.

What I confirmed last night is, I can push the Piglet onto the kickstand and front tire, and seesaw the rear tire off the ground. I'm going to do that and let the bike idle in 1st gear and just have my son squat down and spray chain lube on the inside of the chain for maybe 10 seconds or so. There's a spot looking down that can be shot rather clearly, about halfway back. Hardly any will get on the exhaust, swingarm or tire. And what does I can wipe off easily.

I'm not concerned with cleaning the chain (any more). With wiping, I believe all I ever managed to do was make the outside of the chain look pretty. The DuPont Teflon Chain-Saver Dry Self-Cleaning Lubricant should penetrate and do the job it is intended to do without any pre-cleaning I don't care how ugly the chain winds up looking. And in the long run, if the chain gets busted a few miles premature, I'll just replace it. I'll do this on Friday, as I just Amazon'd said chain lube.


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I think road grit will build up on a chain, even with "dry" lubricants. I wipe the chain with a rag soaked in diesel until the rag is clean, which takes a while. Then I spray on a dry chain lubricant.

Here's some interesting info from DuPont about their self-cleaning chain spray: Despite the Chain-Saver label, which claims that the product is a “Self-Cleaning Lubricant”, DuPont told us that the “self-cleaning” characteristics of Multi-Use means that it should be reapplied “every 50 to 75 miles”.

Full article here: https://www.webbikeworld.com/dupont-...n-lube-update/

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Not disagreeing with you. But at this point, I don't care about grit build up. When I start getting chain problems, I'll just replace it (and the sprockets likely). With normal care (keeping it lubed), I don't suspect I'm going to have chain problems for a long looooong time.


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Catch 22...

I hope I don't wear this topic out before I even get to do this ride. But I drove El Scampo up to my dad's house this weekend. Because El Scampo is a 3 speed auto and little 24" pizza cutter tires, it screams on the interstate. So I decided to drive up to his house on the Zombie Apocalypse route.

Here's the Catch 22.

The route is shorter than any other route I can come up with. But it is too urban. Meaning, too many turns and stops because it is not too far outside of Atlanta.

There is a route that is much more rural, plenty of long country roads and county highways to drone along. But it is probably 40 miles further (round trip) going that route.

The short route, will be difficult to keep mpg up due to the stops. The rural route is significantly longer.

Looks like I'm NOT going to make it either way. But I'm still going to try, (we need that widget) the short route is my only chance.


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Sounds to me like your urban route might be full of Dead-Ugly-Hungries after the outbreak anyway so your other route might be the only viable way. Also consider that obeying traffic laws will be optional once local Law Enforcement runs out of ammo and is eaten.

You could also consider some light off-roading and sidewalk hopping. Perhaps cutting through a public park or two?

I'd break out the map to find the shortest, smoothest route with the fewest choke points and kill-boxes to ride through.

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Sounds to me like your urban route might be full of Dead-Ugly-Hungries after the outbreak anyway so your other route might be the only viable way. Also consider that obeying traffic laws will be optional once local Law Enforcement runs out of ammo and is eaten.

You could also consider some light off-roading and sidewalk hopping. Perhaps cutting through a public park or two?

I'd break out the map to find the shortest, smoothest route with the fewest choke points and kill-boxes to ride through.
All excellent feedback. It's a negotiation between having a 0% chance of making it (a 320 mile route very rural), or a very small chance of making it (a 270 mile route), with several choke points and kill-boxes. I have to go the very small chance if we're going to have any chance of distributing power from the dam. The generators are turning, but the electrons are not making it out to civilization.

Another point of consideration. My mom died in August. Leaving my dad alone. She was his short order cook, pharmaceutical administrator, and buffer between him and other life on Earth. Now that she's gone, he's "exposed" to having to do for himself. He's also suffering from the after effects of lung lobe removal and radiation. My sister and I have been splitting our weekends up going to look after him. She lives equidistant from him as I, but in the other direction. She's fresh off a divorce and has just found, new love, "the man of her dreams," (but that won't last but a couple / few weeks).

That said, I'm having to go back up there this coming weekend. If the weather is good enough, perhaps I could do the first leg up there. Easy enough, I just have to try to remember to be efficient, watch out for kill boxes, etc. The problem is, I have to bring his truck back down with me to do some repair work on it. I could put The Piglet into his truck and bring it back home. Then truck The Piglet back on a subsequent weekend after repair completion, and then ride The Piglet home, to complete the more dangerous 2nd leg of the quest.

Would doing so satisfy this (stupid) quest? Or does it have to be down and back on the same weekend?

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The way people are reacting to corona virus, the zombie apocolypse may be upon you sooner that you think... lol
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