BMW Automatic Drive Chain Lubrication System (aka Scottoiler) for F 800 GS Adventure

Jan 20, 2015 View Comments by

BMW Automatic Drive Chain Lubrication System (aka Scottoiler) for F 800 GS AdventureAlthough the Scottoiler chain lubrication system has a long and loyal following, I had never tried one before installing the BMW branded version (for purchase only through the BMW dealer network) on my 2014 F 800 GS Adventure. The main contribution of BMW to their partnership with Scottoiler seems to be the BMW sticker and a higher price than similar models available for other brands of bikes directly from Scottoiler.

Having a plethora of metric tools and dedicated garage space, I naturally wanted to install the chain oiler myself and avoid the dealer labor charge of around $200. The Scottoiler website (www.scottoiler.com) has helpful information about how their product works and general installation instructions for many brands and models of bikes. Unfortunately, there were not instructions for my specific motorcycle, but I did find relevant information on the Internet, and BMW provided me their model specific installation guide. The only problem I had was connecting the kit’s vacuum adapter and hose to the appropriate rubber tube on my bike, which was in a somewhat difficult location to access.

Chain lubrication is controlled by a vacuum produced when the engine is running. The vacuum, in turn, actuates a valve enabling oil to flow in drip fashion through a hose to the bike’s chain over the rear sprocket. Centrifugal force distributes the oil over the sprocket and onto the chain. The oil drip rate is adjusted via a dial on the oil reservoir. After completing installation, I noticed oil spots appearing on the back of my right pannier. I dialed back the flow rate, which solved the excess oil problem and allowed the oil in the reservoir to last longer. Although I was initially skeptical about the cost trade-off of the Scottoiler system versus a few manual squirts of oil on my bike’s chain every 500 miles. However, after using it for several thousand miles, I have to say that the system does an effective job of chain lubrication. I also appreciate not vehaving to lubricate my bike’s chain after a long day’s ride.

BMW Automatic Chain Lubrication System

BMW Dealer MSRP: $214.95

 

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