Why is my motorcycle chain Red?

Why is my motorcycle chain Red?

When the seals (o-rings) are damaged or bad, they leak and the lubricant dries out, leaving this red dust. So, yeah, you need to start looking in to a new chain pretty soon.

Is it normal to have rust on motorcycle chain?

A motorcycle chain rusts because the metal has been exposed to a combination of moisture and oxygen. This is usually caused by a lack of maintenance including regularly cleaning and lubricating the chain as well as riding the motorcycle in rough conditions such as wet, salted roads.

Is wd40 bad for motorcycle chains?

So, can I use WD-40 on my motorcycle chain? It is highly recommended that you do not use Multi-Purpose WD-40 on your motorcycle chain. The WD stands for Water Displacement, and it is designed to disperse water away from metal parts to prevent rust.

What causes a chain to lengthen on a motorcycle?

Chains lengthen because their hinge pins and sleeves wear. Chain wear is caused almost exclusively by road grit that enters the chain when it is oiled. Grit adheres to the outside of chains in the ugly black stuff that can get on one’s leg, but external grime has little functional effect, being on the outside where it does the chain no harm.

What causes the outside of a chain to turn black?

Grit adheres to the outside of chains in the ugly black stuff that can get on one’s leg, but external grime has little functional effect, being on the outside where it does the chain no harm. The black stuff is oil colored by steel wear particles, nearly all of which come from pin and sleeve wear, the wear that causes pitch elongation.

What’s the best way to clean a motorcycle chain?

Dip a toothbrush in and soak the chain. Once the whole chain is soaked with oil, start brushing until the oil turns into a black thick paste. At which point, use the oil again with the toothbrush to “rinse” the black paste off. The chain ends up completely dirt free afterwards.

What’s the strength of a Red Bull 520mx chain?

The 520MX boasts our highest rated tensile strength among non-sealed chains at 8,930 lbs. Perfect for the beating that chains take during tough, off-road races. Trusted by the 2019 AMA SX Champion, Cooper Webb, and the Red Bull KTM Factory team, as well as 6X AMA ATV Pro MX Champion, Chad Wienen, the 520MX wins championships!