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Old 04-14-2011, 01:34 PM   #1
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How's my chain?

My buddy has recently told me that it may be time for a new chain as he pointed out the kinks to me . Its my first bike, have 12.5K miles on it, and Im pretty sure this is the factory chain. The picture with the toothbrush is a picture of me applying upward pressure to show the amount of slack there is in the chain. Im planning a 300mile road trip this weekend. Does this look safe or do I need to swing by Motorcycles Unlimited?
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Old 04-14-2011, 01:35 PM   #2
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Your chain looks like and is kinking because it wasnt maintained properly. Needs to be cleaned and lubed, and occasionally adjusted to account to stretching.
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When is the last time you cleaned it? Those kinks look pretty awful, time for a new chain.
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I would give it a good cleaning and lube first. Looks like it hasn't been touched since new. Sprocket looks ok so chain may be as well.
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I would give it a good cleaning and lube first. Looks like it hasn't been touched since new. Sprocket looks ok so chain may be as well.
I suppose it COULD be brought back, but i would be concerned that some irreperable damage has been done, you know?
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Chains are actually pretty tough. I would clean real well with some kerosene and then look at it. But I am a cheap bastach and stretch my pennies as much as possible..
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Its been a while since I've adjusted a chain. How much slack is there supposed to be? I want to say I remember it being 30-35 mm?
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Chains are actually pretty tough. I would clean real well with some kerosene and then look at it. But I am a cheap bastach and stretch my pennies as much as possible..
Its the o rings I would be more worried about, but youre right - give it a good cleaning first.

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Its been a while since I've adjusted a chain. How much slack is there supposed to be? I want to say I remember it being 30-35 mm?
1-1.5"
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3/4-1 inch or there abouts. Varies if you have the rear raised.
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There will be absolutly no problem with that chain if you are going on a 300 mile road trip. Trust me. When you get home and get the car unpacked you can go in the garage and check it again and I promise there won't be anything noticably different.
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3/4-1 inch or there abouts. Varies if you have the rear raised.
While sitting on it...


I was always taught there should be a thumb's width while sitting on your bike, usually meant the chain would just touch the swingarm on my old cbr and gsxr with no weight on them.
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Actual range in my manual is .8 to 1.5 inch...
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wow thats bad
If you see DeadFred Remind him that his chain also needs a little clean and lube.
Just make sure he knows youre talking about his bike chain or he might get the wrong idea
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Its the o rings I would be more worried about, but youre right - give it a good cleaning first.



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WOO! I was right!
except you quoted me, and everyone knows i dont know from shinola!
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There will be absolutly no problem with that chain if you are going on a 300 mile road trip. Trust me. When you get home and get the car unpacked you can go in the garage and check it again and I promise there won't be anything noticably different.
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except you quoted me, and everyone knows i dont know from shinola!
I dont care! cause my numbers matched someone else! thats all i need to feel like a champ!
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