The top motorbike chain lubes

Keep your bike running smoothly with an excellent chain lube.

The rear wheel of a motorbike showing the chain

by Jim Blackstock |

The majority of motorcycles use a chain to take drive from the output of the gearbox to the rear wheel - some use a belt and comparatively more use a shaft but a chain is by far the most common. However, it has two main disadvantages over a belt or shaft; over time it will wear and stretch and require its tension adjusting (as will a belt) and it will also wear with the sprockets and potentially corrode, meaning it will need to be lubricated and protected.

This is where chain lube comes in. It has a dual purpose of helping to eliminate friction and hence, wear and keep the chain working smoothly while preventing it from picking up damage from dirt or moisture and shortening its life.

Are there different types of chains?

There are two types of chain; an open-chain which is typically used on lower-capacity bikes or off-roaders and needs cleaning and lubricating frequently while O-Ring or X-Ring chains use sealed rollers to keep lubricant in place. However, the latter still requires lubricant where the rollers act on the sprockets, for example as well as protection from corrosion.

In addition to different types of chain, there are also different kinds of lubricant available, depending on the time of year, the use of the bike, and the anticipated time between cleans and reapplications. For example, dry lubes will generally be a fine spray as opposed to a liquid (wet) lube while a wax will go on thicker and leave a residue, typically white.

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"BananaSlip is a dry

Tru-Tension BananaSlip Dry Chain Lube
For performance bikes

One of the products from Wurth's motorcycle division, this dry lube is designed to find its way

Wurth High Performance

This spray from Dutch company Interflon is a genuine all-rounder that can be used for a variety of

Interflon Fin Super 300ml

MCN Editor Richard Newland has been using this for a while, and said: “There’s one trait that I’m particularly impressed by. Most sprays are oily and leave a wet residue that stays there until it’s washed away with detergent, but when you spray Fin Super on, it goes dry and looks like it’s simply evaporated.”

Pros

Dry-film so no chain fling

Multiple uses

Cleans and lubricates chain

Cons

Not cheap

Fully synthetic option

Castrol knows a thing or two about lubrication and this chain spray is based on a fully synthetic

Castrol Racing chain lube
For visible coverage

The manufacturer quotes four times the wear protection from its white chain spray, for both the

Dr. Wack S100 White Chain Lube 2.0
For track use

This spray from Motul is designed for road bikes and is, according to the manufacturer, "Specially

Motul C4 Factory Line Chain Lube
A dependable option

This lube from lubricant specialist WD-40 is also available as a [longer-lasting

WD-40 Chain Lube
Perfect wax option

Another lubricant with a banana smell, this one is a wax as opposed to a lube (though the company

Tru-Tension BananaSlip Chain Wax

Like the wet version of its chain lube, this all-weather product from Muc-Off contains the UV dye

Muc-Off All-Weather Lube
Great wet lube

This lube for wet use helps to create a hydrophobic layer on the chain links to repel water while

Muc-Off Wet Lube
Great for dry use

Designed for use on bikes in dry conditions, this provides a protective layer in dusty conditions

Muc-Off Dry Lube
Brilliant gift set for a pristine bike

If you know a mate with a filthy bike, this gift set from Muc-Off could be a subtle reminder to

Muc-Off Clean, Protect & Lube Kit
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