View Full Version : engine degreaser on bike and chain?

21-12-09, 03:21 AM
hey guys, i was pretty bored today so i decided to clean up the bike a little.

i was wondering, is it okay to use a car engine degreaser on a motorcycle and on its chain as well?

and once all cleaned off, lub the chains after? what chain lub should i use, and where can i get it?

this is its current condition




under the cover - thick oil build up


anything else i need to do?


Peaking Duck
21-12-09, 05:53 AM
is that the chain cover?
remove the front sproket cover while ur at it. i found a $2 coin in mine. dunno wtf happened there
Oil build up = cheapo bug and tar remover will get rid of it easily

i heard degreaser degrades the o/x/xw/etc rings
i used degreaser once on engine and other metal parts. once dried, the finish became abit chalky

when i used to ride, i used;
- Fuchs Sikolene Gel. goes on white and very messy
- Motul Chain lube of somesort. does the trick nice and sweet. no fuss, no empty promises
- mate used a Repsol product. spray first coat, wipe it off with a rag to clean. spray again to reapply.

this was about 3-4years ago though

21-12-09, 11:01 AM
hey, yeh thats the chain cover. crazy aye?

haha, really, yeh im planning just to clean the whole lot.

i heard different things too, some say its okay, some say dont. i have no idea, just want that damn thing cleaned.

where can i pick up a motul bottle, any store or has to be a bike store?

21-12-09, 11:08 AM
I degrease anything around the chain, but not the chain it self.

It's good to clean up the overspray from the chain lube, general road junk and i use it to clean my wheels (being careful of the tyres)

Just spray de greaser on a cloth and clean what you need to.

Peaking Duck
21-12-09, 12:44 PM
perhaps this may help?
ive never used any of these products though.

yeah any bike store will have wot your looking for.

21-12-09, 04:20 PM
i used to use degreaser on the chain/sprocket but as peakingduck said, ive read that it does damage to the o rings etc.

ive used kerosene to clean the chain itself which works out fine. also used sikolene chain gel sprays on white and stays like that for a while until you ride around a bit. but it does go everywhere if your not careful enough.

21-12-09, 05:45 PM
WE used to used kerosene on our old learner bikes get a brush and kero. and just sorta get the debri off the chain that way.

21-12-09, 07:40 PM
hey thanks guys,

i collected everyone's advice and here is the result.








damn it was messy work !

Peaking Duck
21-12-09, 08:25 PM
Good Stuff..! excellent.

if its been too long since ur last chain lubing, might be a safe idea to check the teeth on ur sprockets for wear. make sure all teeth look the same. if some look sharp and others blunt, then its worn...
Check chain tension/slack as well

23-12-09, 09:11 AM
thanks man!

i have no idea when the chain was last lubbed. :(

just an update, cleaning the chain really does wonders, rolling the bike in and out is so easy now. (well it sure feels like it) and the ride doesnt feel so clunky.


23-12-09, 03:21 PM
dave, wtf mate ! lol

23-12-09, 03:46 PM

30-12-09, 01:04 AM
Hey Dave - when did you get a bike? Lets go for a ride :D :D

30-12-09, 02:14 PM

haha yeh man, give me a call? been riding alone for the past 2-3 weeks. so boring. hahaha.

30-12-09, 04:37 PM
Bel Ray.


08-01-10, 04:50 PM

haha yeh man, give me a call? been riding alone for the past 2-3 weeks. so boring. hahaha.


Where do you live now? I'll get your number and give ya a call ;)

18-01-10, 09:57 PM
can i join for a ride too :p,