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Owners Manual says do NOT use Kerosene to clean Chain

Hi People. New to this forum. I'm from Australia and just bought a 2016 Gsx-r750. Was looking through the owners manual and noticed that they actually do not recommend using Kerosene to clean the chain. Anyone know why?. The owners manual for my previous Yamaha R3 said it was ok to use Kerosene and I have seen so many post not only on this forum but elsewhere that recommend Kerosene. With my R3 I'd clean it with Kerosene, then wipe it down, let it dry and apply motul C5 chain paste or Belray chain Lubricant. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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ith my R3 I'd clean it with Kerosene, then wipe it down, let it dry and apply motul C5 chain paste or Belray chain Lubricant. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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They way you clean the chain is fine pal.
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Re: Owners Manual says do NOT use Kerosene to clean Chain

Is that Suzuki's official service manual. I looked mine up yesterday, on how to clean the chain and it specifically says kerosene and advises against commercial "drive chain oils".
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Re: Owners Manual says do NOT use Kerosene to clean Chain

I have used kerosene before with no issues, not sure why Suzuki would change their minds unless the o-rings are different on the stock chain.



I have also used Maxima CleanUp chain cleaner with a Grunge Brush and it works great as well.
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Is that Suzuki's official service manual. I looked mine up yesterday, on how to clean the chain and it specifically says kerosene and advises against commercial "drive chain oils".
Not the service manual, I was referring to the owner's manual that comes with the bike when you buy it. I do have the L2 gsxr600 service manual (that's all I could find online, still looking for a L1-L6 gsxr750 service manual) , but haven't checked what they recommend. Most likely will say kerosene like yours does.

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I have also used Maxima CleanUp chain cleaner with a Grunge Brush and it works great as well.
Used that too, I agree. Was just curious why the owner's manual says not to use Kerosene, beside it being volatile. Found it much cheaper to use Kerosene on my previous R3 rather that buying the Maxima or Motul chain cleaner. Cheers

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Re: Owners Manual says do NOT use Kerosene to clean Chain

Funny, my L5 manual says you can use it
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Re: Owners Manual says do NOT use Kerosene to clean Chain

I've always used a rag and kerosene - I never even let the chain get gunky looking and I've never had a problem on any bike since 1983.
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It's possibly just to cover themselves, some tart probably set themselves on fire or had an allergic reaction and tried to make a claim.
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It's possibly just to cover themselves, some tart probably set themselves on fire or had an allergic reaction and tried to make a claim.
Lol. I can imagine that. They were probably smoking a cigarette while spraying the kerosene on the chain and then POFF!
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Kerosene is the best way to clean your chain hands down.

BUT liberals are changing the way things are done to make things more "Earth friendly". That is the ONLY reason why it says not to use kerosene. They rather you use that "green, environmental friendly" shit which doesn't work worth a damn.
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That is the ONLY reason why it says not to use kerosene. They rather you use that "green, environmental friendly" shit which doesn't work worth a damn.
And where does it say this?
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Re: Owners Manual says do NOT use Kerosene to clean Chain

I use power paraffin to clean my chain with a paint brush. Wipe thoroughly with a clean cloth until chain is gold and new looking. Then run bike on stand let wheel spin for a few minutes to warm up chain a bit. Then I add Belray Chain Wax to inside of chain at rear sprocket teeth. Then I wipe outside of chain again but with a different cloth. Chain looks perfect and clean. Some people say power paraffin is not a good idea. I have yet to experience this.
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I do exactly as K5cpt does. The only thing I do differently is after cleaning the chain using the paint brush, I use Muck-off soap and clean water to wash off much paraffin as I can, dry it with a clean cloth and ride the bike around my block for a few runs then Belray on :-)
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And where does it say this?

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Re: Owners Manual says do NOT use Kerosene to clean Chain

I have about 35,000 miles on a RK 530XSO cleaned regularly with kerosene and a paint brush. I also make my own chain lube with a few different greases and gear oil mixed with kerosene to thin the consistency down enough for it to apply evenly on the chain. I then let the kerosene evaporate off overnight.

The sprocket look great to. Real hard to see the wear on them.
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Re: Owners Manual says do NOT use Kerosene to clean Chain

My chain never gets overly dirty, so I just wipe it down with a dry rag. Then I apply lanolin lubricating spray on the chain. It's a natural product freely available in AU. More harder to come by in the US.
What I like about it is that it's like a heavy oil when it's hot and like wax when it's cold.
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Oh... So you think Suzuki has a hidden agenda? Why don't you ask Suzuki yourself instead of turning this into a political debate?
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Oh... So you think Suzuki has a hidden agenda? Why don't you ask Suzuki yourself instead of turning this into a political debate?
Nah, it just went over your head
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Nah, it just went over your head

Right, because your witty response concerning liberal agenda is beyond my comprehension
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Ok you two,chill....
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