My two pence here as well..
I would do as 3WB suggests and get a chain posted or if you are already in SA or AUS you can just pop to the local yammy dealer and grab one.. (they are cheaper in AUS compared to the UK too.
AS for the Scottoiler ... again I would have to go with 3WB..I have just taken the one off my bike.. i hated it.. it did two things great.. leak oil on my garage floor and give me head aches.. It never worked well.. Now that i have taken it off i also believe that is messed with my vacuum system enough that it effected performance and fuel economy.
I am of the school that in sand you do not want a drip system unless you drip a lot! so with the scott you will have to turn it way up or off. Personally I don’t think that Scotts are NO good for overlanders. IMHO they are designed for "same condition riders".. AKA Fair weather riders... We (tourers) ride in way to many conditions and need to adjust the drip rate far to often, so if you have one place it somewhere easy to get to. E.g. when hot the oil is thinner so you drip too fast, when cold the opposite, when cold and wet you run a dry chain (because it drips slow and gets washed off), Off road you get paste..
HOWEVER I love the idea of a feed system so that the chain stays nice and lubed, with out too much daily checking. .hence I just installed a new system called pro-oiler (Pro-Oiler, the ultimate automatic chain oiler, microprocessor-controlled, pumped, economical, hassle-free, fit and forget, the future of chain maintenance.
) the concept is much easier (in my mind to deal with).. it is a little 12v pump that pumps the oil at the rate you chose..(nothing attached to your engine at all.. just a power feed) and they have it set up so that the pump is disabled when the wheels aren’t moving so you dont waste oil either. The nicest part is there is a control (on the dash/handle bars) where you can instantaneously adjust the drip rate, for all the conditions that we may face.. from OFF (0 drips/min) to environmental terrorist rates. And they have a off road setting as well (which may be 2X the environmental terrorist rates (i dont know). But it give you the control that is needed, for riders that are not fair weather riders. The one thing I did not like about the pro-oiler was the oil tank was quite small, but with there help I modified the scott-oiler’s touring tank (which I already had) and that gave me lots of oil…
Talk to the engineer guy at the TT meeting and see what he says…
Last edited by Xander; 25 Sep 2008 at 10:53.