Is it a wax agent they have smeared on? I did notice from a few posts photos in the forum that the chain was looking a little white and was hoping it is not a polymer.I found that the only thing I had that would remove it was white spirits. Which I dont like using on a chain, I gave it a good clean with a stiff brush, then quickly cleaned it with brake cleaner, followed by warm soapy water, dried it off then plenty of Wurth dry chain lube.
The chain lube that usually wins in magazine tests in the UK is Wurth High Performance Dry Chain Spray. I've used it for years and never had any issues. No need for messy chain lube, no fling with this stuff.True that the chain lube on a new Ducati is the lube as applied by the chain manufacturer.
However, even chain lubes now available are very similar and almost as messy if not applied and the excess immediately removed before the lube sets up and phases into the tacky mode. Unless riding in a severe environment, all that is needed is for the metal surfaces to be coated and that the lube has reached the o-rings. Anything more than that is unnecessarily messy. Cleaning and lubing a chain after riding in the rain, and while the chain is warm, has always been recommended.
AFAIK Kerosene/Paraffin is the only cleaning agent recommended by the chain companies. Not sure about white spirits. An O-ring compatibility chart should provide that information. Or, just drop a couple different O-ring types in a bottle of white spirits and see how they look after a week. Might be perfectly acceptable.
On this side of the pond Wurth products are not universally available. The Dupont Teflon Chain Saver Dry Lube might be an equivalent. I know that it is popular and highly recommended.The chain lube that usually wins in magazine tests in the UK is Wurth High Performance Dry Chain Spray. I've used it for years and never had any issues. No need for messy chain lube, no fling with this stuff.
Steeve, I know it's not funny to you but you had me laughing about this grease. Only a donkey does not learn from others, so I will use my paraffin gun. Having read the inputs from the forum, when mine arrives I am picking it up with my trailer instead of riding it home. Then it goes under the gun.When asking I was told it was not lube but preservative put on by the chain manufacturer to stop the chains getting rusty in transport and storage of both chain and bike. Particularly for sea voyages.
It does however seem very greasy, it may be white when you look at it but get it on your clothes or other parts of the bike and its black. It's just awful stuff. The rear wheel was coated, the underside of the seat and reg plate, on the swinging arm cover in front of the rear sprocket, back of the engine around the rear shock. Inside my bike cover as I must have caught the chain when putting it on, so it was also over the pillion seat cover. It was on the tank, on the front mudguard (when I picked it up). It was on me, my clothes and overalls. etc. etc.
Ideally the dealer ought to clean it off. It really takes some shifting.
I didn't want to use white spirits as I'm wary about the effect on the chain O rings. But I did it very quickly and removed the cleaner thoroughly. I felt it was my only option. I'd originally taken several hours trying to wipe it off. But next ride and it was spattered again. But not today it wasn't.:laugh:
Great suggestion, looks easy enough to remove. I'll do that.Haven't read anything about removing the front sprocket cover and cleaning out all of the factory chain lube which immediately collected there the first time the bike was ridden. Do not remove it and it will eventually drip down the side of the sump and be flung aft. Or, it will be subsequently thinned by your chain lube of choice, run down onto the floor, and cause you to think you have a leak. Has happened many times to many people.