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My first bike! 2014 Ninja Maintenance? Oil chain cleaner and lube which to use? Type

Hello just got my first bike a week ago! I love the 2014 Ninja 300. It has 4900 miles on it I believe. I’m the third owner. Anyways i want to take care of it properly. I already gave it a wash. Now I need to get an oil change and clean the chain then lube it. I don’t know if the previous owner took care of it. The chain looks kinda dirty I’ll take a picture of it in morning! What kind of cleaner and lube do I need to buy? Please help so I can buy it soon. Also what kind of oil do you guys recommend? I want to be sure I’m buying the right oil. Thank you!
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To clean I use mineral spirits. A big can at Home Depot is cheap and works great. I put it in a spray bottle. A bike chain brush to scrub is essential. To lube I use Dupont Chain Saver Wax / Teflon. The advantage is it stays pretty clean and doesn't get grimey and fling like oil based lubes. The disadvantages are it's not ideal for wet conditions and you should clean / re-apply every 300 miles or so. I have a garage so I don't worry about exposure to the elements.
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I like to use kerosene in a spray bottle and a brush to remove grime from the chain, then wipe it clean and let it dry.

For chain lube, I have used the DuPont stuff, but I believe they have recently changed it and it's not as good as it was - but check. I'm using Maxima Chain Lube now, and it's fine. There are many good choices, and tons of review out there if you want to find "the best".

Here's a good video on another important maintenance item - chain adjustment -
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It's important to get it right.

For oil, the old stand by, and a solid choice, is Shell Rotella T6 5W-40. It's available everywhere in gallon bottles for a reasonable price. It's technically a diesel oil, but is safe for cycle engines - unlike regular auto oil which should not be used.

I use WIX/NAPA oil filters from the local NAPA store. High quality, reasonably priced, and most are U.S. made.
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All we use on our bikes is Maxima Chain Wax - that stuff is great and I don't have to lube the chain nearly as often. For me, a good day riding is usually between 280 - 320 miles; if I used oil based lube, I'd have to do it every time I rode. To clean the chain, I use the Maxima Clean-Up and a grunge brush.

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FortNine (popular Youtuber) posted two videos recently where he purports to "test" various Chain Cleaner and Chain Lube.
The testing methods in the videos (Chain Cleaner especially) are extremely dubious in places, and I don't recommend the Chain Cleaner video, as the "winner" is basically not available in most geographical areas, and he dismisses other, decent solutions at the end because they failed one of his flawed "tests".
There is SOME valuable info in the video though, so I'll post it here also.



So, for Chain Cleaner: don't follow FortNine's advice:






Chain Lube: here's the video from FortNine (summary: he recommends Gear Oil):



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I like to use kerosene in a spray bottle and a brush to remove grime from the chain, then wipe it clean and let it dry.

For chain lube, I have used the DuPont stuff, but I believe they have recently changed it and it's not as good as it was - but check. I'm using Maxima Chain Lube now, and it's fine. There are many good choices, and tons of review out there if you want to find "the best".

Here's a good video on another important maintenance item - chain adjustment -
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It's important to get it right.

For oil, the old stand by, and a solid choice, is Shell Rotella T6 5W-40. It's available everywhere in gallon bottles for a reasonable price. It's technically a diesel oil, but is safe for cycle engines - unlike regular auto oil which should not be used.

I use WIX/NAPA oil filters from the local NAPA store. High quality, reasonably priced, and most are U.S. made.
Thanks I did watch the video. Chain adjustment seems really hard to do by myself. My motorcycle has 4900 miles do you think it needs a chain adjustment? Also I just bought some mobil 1 4t racing 10w40 synthetic oil. That should be good I hope
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Thanks I did watch the video. Chain adjustment seems really hard to do by myself. My motorcycle has 4900 miles do you think it needs a chain adjustment? Also I just bought some mobil 1 4t racing 10w40 synthetic oil. That should be good I hope
Most likely. It's something you should check regularly and adjust as needed.

You need to get the rear wheel off the ground and spin it to find the tightest spot, then check the slack there. It will probably need adjusting. See if you can find a helper.

That's the oil I use - so you are good to go IMO!
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