De­vel­oped for Mo­togp, tested on a mini racer

Motorcyclist - - Garage - —Ari Hen­ning

BEL-RAY’S BLUE TAC CHAIN LUBE was de­signed for race­bikes, so we set about test­ing it on our Kawasaki Z125 in a four-hour en­durance race. While the lit­tle Z isn’t a su­per­bike, its chain is un­sealed. The only thing keep­ing the rollers and bush­ings lu­bri­cated was the spray we ap­plied right be­fore morn­ing prac­tice.

Af­ter 250 laps, three crashes, and a first-in-class fin­ish, the Z’s chain still spun smoothly and qui­etly, and the only lu­bri­cant splat­ter was oil barfed out of the crank­case breather when I high­sided early in the race. Whoops.

Stay­ing put is what Blue Tac was de­signed to do, at the re­quest of the Pra­mac Du­cati Mo­togp team. The re­sult was cleaner bikes, cleaner leathers, and prop­erly lubed links at the end of a race, but the tack­i­ness that helps Blue Tac do its job also means it at­tracts dirt and dust. If you’re the type who just ap­plies more lube rather than wip­ing the chain down be­fore spray­ing on fresh stuff, you’re li­able to end up with crud buildup.

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