MCN Fleet: DIY chain oiler for the Twin?

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I’m a big fan of chain oilers. On all the bikes I’ve owned and most long termers (although not on the belt drive Indian and Harleys!) an automatic oiler is usually high on the list of mods. They’re much cleaner than chain lube and can double the life of a chain and sprockets. I haven’t fitted one to the Street Twin as it would spoil the bikes pretty looks and it’s not a bike that I’m going to ride through the winter when a chain oiler is most needed.


At the recent Classic Bike Live show in Peterborough I spotted a left field alternative to a shop bought chain oiler in the bike park. It was fitted to a Triumph Tiger 955i and consisted of a workshop oil can attached  to the bike’s subframe with the nozzle aimed at the top row of the chain. The can’s push button was connected to a brake lever from a bicycle mounted on the bars so whenever the rider felt the need a squeeze on the lever. OK, so it’s not automatic but top marks for ingenuity!

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Ped Baker

By Ped Baker

Former MCN Managing Editor (Digital & Events)