Bel-Ray Chain Cleaner and Blue Tac Lube Review | On- and Off-Road Test
If you have a chain drive motorcycle — be it street or dirt — you need to make sure the chain is clean and moving fluidly. Bel-Ray Chain Cleaner and Bel-Ray Blue Tac Chain Lube are a great pair for making this job easy to do and, therefore, more likely to get done.
Whether you’ve washed your bike or not, it’s unlikely that your chain is fully clean. It might be close on a street bike, but dirt bike chains get notoriously gummed up. While you might have an O-ring, X-ring or Z-ring chain, they all work better when clean. Bel-Ray Chain Cleaner makes it simple. With the bike on a stand and turning the wheel by hand (for safety), spray the Chain Cleaner directly on the chain. Bel-Ray makes this easy with a high-quality nozzle and a straw that fits properly and flows the cleaner from the can to the chain. After letting the chain do a few laps while spraying on it, let the chain sit for about 10 or 15 seconds. Next, you repeat the process, which removes the gunk. We were skeptical that this would work on the dirty chain on the 2015 Yamaha WR250F we were testing, but it did. A spin of the chain with a rag revealed very little left over trail grime. We were shocked, and quite happy. We repeated this on a Yamaha YZ250FX, but without the second spraying. While the crud came off on the towel, it makes more sense to spray it off with the Bel-Ray Chain Cleaner.With a clean chain, it is time for lubrication. Street riders might want to pass on this if they have a sealed chain. We can understand that, but you don’t have to if you keep your speeds below 100 mph. The tacky fully synthetic Bel-Ray Blue Tac Chain Lube, will stick to the chain at double-digit speeds, so you can safely put it on your street bike as long as you aren’t seriously violating speed limit laws. Unless you have over-lubed (one or two passes gets it done), you won’t get fling-off on your tire and wheels. We didn’t test it at speeds over 100 mph, though we did come close and it worked as Bel-Ray claims.For the dirt, we’re not as interested in flinging off issues as we are on dirt attraction. Blue Tac is fairly slippery stuff, so we didn’t collect much debris on the chain. Yes, the chain still gets some dirt on it, but not an excessive amount. After a hard weekend of riding, the chain was still flexible, and would only require Bel-Ray Chain Cleaner to bring it back up to pristine status.Chains are a huge part of the power transmission on your motorcycle, so it makes sense to make sure as little horsepower is lost as is possible. Bel-Ray Chain Cleaner and Bel-Ray Blue Tac Chain Lube are a great pair for easily maintaining your chain and making sure you get all the power you have paid for to the pavement and dirt.
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