Chain Lubrication

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Could someone tell me how effective the chain lubrication system is, does it need to be regularly looked at, is there any way that you can tell if it is working properly, ('73 Commando). Also could some one tell me what would be the optimum oil to be used in this sub tropical climate ( Brisbane Australia), are synthetic oils the way to go?.
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The way to tell if the chain luber is working correctly is to put on a clean white T-shirt and go for a spirited ride. When you return, take off the shirt and if there is a large oily stripe on the back then it's working!

Seriously, I have disconnected this poorly engineered piece of trash on all my Commandos. Plug the connection at the oil tank and use a good quality chain lube. Apply after a ride and let soak in for a few minutes, then wipe excess off lightly with a rag.

Oils? Run what you feel most confident in, but change often. Oil is the cheapest preventive maintenance you can find. Oil threads on forums like these will run on forever and you will never have a consensus.
 

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Oils in the Commando

Mike,

To to www.nortonclub.com click on "Articles and Tech". There's a .pdf file with an oils study done by our club guru Alan Goldwater.

Ron's solution to the Commando oil feed is shared by most. Putting used engine oil on you drive chain isn't a good idea anyway. Block off the feed and use a good chain lube like Belray or PJ1.
 

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Ron L said:
The way to tell if the chain luber is working correctly is to put on a clean white T-shirt and go for a spirited ride. When you return, take off the shirt and if there is a large oily stripe on the back then it's working!

Or, you can take a young sweet thing for a ride on a dark, cool evening with her dressed in her NEW, Lavender ski parka, (circa 1974)
and when you are walking her to the door, notice the large oil streak up her back, you'll know it's working.
 
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MichaelB said:
Or, you can take a young sweet thing for a ride on a dark, cool evening with her dressed in her NEW, Lavender ski parka, (circa 1974)
and when you are walking her to the door, notice the large oil streak up her back, you'll know it's working.

uh oh. I'm guessing that relationship didn't last very long? :shock: :lol:

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Chain Lube.

Thanks for the help Ron, David & Mike and the cheeky input Debby, a great site David, a very interesting and well resourced article about some oils being up to it and others not, excellent.
Mike
 

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uh oh. I'm guessing that relationship didn't last very long? :shock: :lol:
Debby[/quote]

You'd be right about that. It never made it to relationship.
Even though I offered to pay for the jacket, she was barred from ever seeing or talking to me again.

At the time I thought that was pretty snooty, :roll:
Now that I'm a father... :evil: :twisted:
 
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