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Motobriiz review: the brainchild of American Mike Steele, it aims to be a simple way to oil a motorcycle chain as you ride…
Automatic chain oilers have been around for years and the market leader, Scottoiler, is well-known of course; I used to have one on my Yamaha Fazer 600 and for a while, my much-loved Honda VTR, so I can attest to Scottoiler’s build and reliability (and fiddly install)… But I was most intrigued when I saw Motobriiz pop up on Twitter a few months ago – a wind-powered chain oiler? What the hey?
The theory is actually very simple; the wind pressure on the inlet hose as you travel is sufficient to force oil ‘up and out’ of the holding reservoir – the discharge tube doesn’t actually fill with oil, it gets forced out and gravity-fed to the oil dispenser at a rate of @1 drop every 2 miles.
Feed the tubing backwards to the under-seat area (fixing it with zip-ties at convenient moments) and prepare the resting place for the reservoir.
There was no danger of being able to attach it to the frame, or in between the plastics and frame, so it has to sit in the under-seat box that would usually hold the manufacturer-supplied toolkit… but Ok, I can move that to the back under the rear plastics and hope it doesn’t rattle around too much.
Planning is required here. Since we are relying on gravity to drop the oil down to the chain, we must do our best to negate any ‘upward’ lay on the outlet tube. So then take courage and drill two holes through the plastic to allow the tubes through.
Once that is done, then place the reservoir in place and once you are happy, cut the pipes to length – not too short though! Remember that at some point you will need some movement to allow you to unscrew the reservoir to fill it again…
Please also remember the supplied pad under the reservoir – there is a tiny, tiny hole in the outlet tube which is there to equalise pressure when you are stationary and it can spit out small amounts of oil.
So with it all in place, make sure to get the outlet tube as ‘downward’ as possible and zip-tie it in place with the remainder dangling ready to the chain-pad (which acts like a wick) to be cut into the rubber chain guide that the bike will have.
Follow the instructions to stick the pad in place under the chain and fill the reservoir with oil – I used standard engine oil (do not use pressurized fluids such as chain lubricant from a can – the inherent propellant will cause the reservoir to overflow).
Oil the chain-pad liberally on first use and then go for your ride.
Mike reckons that the reservoir can last up to around 1000 miles before it needs to be topped up… The pad itself should last around 5000 miles and replacements are orderable from his online store for a few dollars.
I used this for 3500 miles and at first, the results were encouraging but I did feel that despite the fact that I was topping up the reservoir (albeit around 600 miles), a good sign that oil was leaving it, the chain itself was looking a little dry. Things came to a head when it became apparent that oil was in the inlet tube and the chain was bone dry…
Now Mike is a very responsive to questions and knows his product very well indeed and I don’t dispute the theory or indeed that many people are delighted with the results, but for me, it’s a tad too simplistic.
I am very jealous of any onboard storage space when I travel and I would personally like that comfort of being able to adjust to a greater flow should I feel that my chain needs it.
None-the-less, it’s a simple and well-engineered product that if you can keep the flow going, the Motobriiz chain oiler is worthy of consideration.
Available via Mike’s EBAY STORE or his own ONLINE STORE
$79.99 or $89.99 with inline water trap.