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post #1 of 8 Old Jul 11th, 2012, 8:04 pm Thread Starter
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Lube is IMPORTANT!

This is NOT an oil thread.

Just before I left for vacation, I liberally swabbed the kickstand pivot with Moly Lube...because I didn't when I serviced the bike, and I figured, what the heck, it's something to do.

Put the bike on the sidestand today for the first time since I did that...nearly blew out my hipjoint it moved so easily!

Since I got the bike used, there are little things that I don't know are incorrect (like the effort it takes to use the kickstand), so it was a nice surprise. I'm sure I looked pretty odd, straddling the bike in the parking lot, extending and retracting the kickstand while laughing maniacally.

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Re: Lube is IMPORTANT!

If not the giggling et al, I am certain other would have thought you odd for some other reason... Just saying'

I guess I ought to lube my side stand tomorrow when I dive back into the LT to square away the FD/propshaft mating so I can start riding again.

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Re: Lube is IMPORTANT!

It's important alright, just the same as the following examples - Lever pivots, footpeg pivots, hydraulic rear shock preload adjuster screw, seat latch pivot, just to name a few. They are all mundane, but they make a big difference to the overall condition of the bike over time. We could start a "pivot lube" thread. My tip for the day (maybe we could start 1 of those too) - if you don't have a bike cover and you are out in the rain overnight, cover the throttle with a plastic bag and tape it in place. Keeps out the rain.

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Best transmission job I ever did was lubing the shifter balls.


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Just before I left for vacation, I liberally swabbed the kickstand pivot with Moly Lube...

Are you talking about applying lube to the outside of the pivot, or through the pinhole to get grease in the joint? Exposed excess grease will just attract dirt and make a general mess.

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And don't forget the hinge points for the windshield adjusting arms.

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Are you talking about applying lube to the outside of the pivot, or through the pinhole to get grease in the joint? Exposed excess grease will just attract dirt and make a general mess.

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There's a pinhole? I'll have to look for that!

I pushed grease in at the top and bottom of the pivot, actuated it 10 or 20 times, and wiped off the excess.

Actually, I've been meaning to research the other places that need occasional lubrication...then do something about it. Next up being the Center Stand

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On the windscreen pivots, when I first got my '05 the windscreen drive seemed sluggish so I lubed all the pivots with a white Krytox containing product while I was resetting the speedo needle. Now she's a slick bit of gear, real smooth and lively. Same for the gear shift ball joints.

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