What is it about the Repsol that makes it superior?
"What is it about the Repsol that makes it superior?"
yes, i love repsol. it has made my bike more enjoyable by removing several of the hassles of ownership.
it is truly amazing how sometimes there can be a product that is so clearly superior to the competition... if i was another chain lube maker, i would just give up and quit after seeing how awesome the repsol lube is. what makes it superior? basically, it is a very LIGHT oil, that STAYS IN PLACE, and is EASILY APPLIED.
all of the other chain lubes i've used are heavy, sticky, and gunky. they come out of the can in a big frothy splooge, and the only way to get complete coverage on the chain is to use way too much (and to get it all over the swingarm and rear tire while applying). wiping the chain after lubing doesn't remove all of the excess because it collects in the ports in the chain. and even though they are sticky, other lubes wear off quickly, so they must be applied frequently to keep things working right. this also means frequent cleaning to remove the sludge that builds up everywhere. i hated this part of taking care of my bike.
repsol is very light, and not at all sticky. it comes out of the can in a spray that is just extremely well aerated oil, not foam or froth. the spray is the right width to coat a chain in one pass without making a mess, and the right volume to coat completely without applying too much.
even though you can use a very light coating of the repsol lube, it stays in place for a very long time. the chain runs quietly, and doesn't rust at night. my chain lube intervals are at least twice as long with repsol (when commuting daily, i used to lube at least once a week, and by that point the chain was clicking and shifting was more difficult; i put repsol on a couple of times a month at most, and the chain is usually still fine when i apply it).
after i switched to repsol, i was able to remove my rear hugger and front sprocket cover - so little crap comes off the chain, they are not necessary (and it looks cooler without them). when i first removed the front sprocket cover, i had to clean out about 2 cups worth of old chain lube sludge. but no problems since.
i've also realized what a huge affect chain lube has on the bikes performance.
i'm not actually wheelie prone, but i do like to celebrate arriving home safely by riding up my driveway on one wheel. when i turn into the bottom of the driveway i'm in first, taching about 2500. i just crank on about 60% throttle for about 1 second before easing - no clutching, no compressing the front, no pulling up on the bars, no cheating of any type. for it to work, i need to get the front up immediately with pure torque (and some assistance from the slope of the driveway) - there isn't enough room to wait until the power comes in at higher revs, and i need to keep my speed down because the crest of the driveway is blind.
having a well-lubed chain is the difference between cruising up the driveway on one wheel, and riding up the driveway too fast but still on two wheels.