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Old 09-21-2007, 11:06 PM   #1
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Question Chain life

if you don't ride your bike hard and just cruise around and no track days, what is the amount of miles to get out of a chain before considering to replace it?
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Old 09-21-2007, 11:11 PM   #2
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so many factors....

but if i had to say a number i would say 15k ish.

i wanna say one of the chain manufactures has a 20k warranty (pro-rated). if you buy there chain + sprockets.

i think that is the high end though, sportbikes tear through them faster, esp. with conversions, even if its just # of teeth. lighter pitch, and forget about it. then factor in riding style and diligence of lubing every 600 or when it rains, etc...

so under hard abuse i could see chain lasting 10k or less, baby it and take it easy, 20k might not be impossible.
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oh, but also remember it depends on how long the sprockets last too. to my knowledge the aluminum sprockets dont last as long. you could be popping teeth of it while the chain may still have some life, but you have to replace them all at once.

if you want life out of the chain, get a heavy arsed steel sprocket. lol, i wonder if i can get a cast iron sprocket. lol.
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cool thanks for the heads up
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22k on my orig. chain, going to the beach ruined it.

wd-40 and honda chain lube.
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I had an 03 SV650S and didn't ride it hard. I know I changed the chain out once, and I'm guessing it was near the 10-12k mark. Always change sprockets with the chain. I doubt you'll notice much wear on the old ones. Doesn't matter, change them.
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my original sprocket and chain made it around 10 k unsafely never lubed or cleaned except once or twice when i finally changed it i had 2 rollers missing and it was stretched out a good inch and a half lol
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22k on my orig. chain, going to the beach ruined it.

wd-40 and honda chain lube.

modding your bike to operate with bicycle pedals is cheating! just teasing sir!
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I have 12K on mine right now and everything seams fine with it.
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Standard and o-ring change.... O-ring lasts longer... Try some cheap chain lube to pass the time; clean off the access cause it will spray... recheck tension after driving a few mile after lubing; works for me, hadn't replaced on the Kat yet(14k) and the busa has an 0-ring chain.
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Standard and o-ring change.... O-ring lasts longer... Try some cheap chain lube to pass the time; clean off the access cause it will spray... recheck tension after driving a few mile after lubing; works for me, hadn't replaced on the Kat yet(14k) and the busa has an 0-ring chain.
hahaha yeah i do use chain lube but don't want to over extend the use of my chain if it is time to change it already. just trying to keep on top of the maint
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My first chain on my YZF600r lasted 20k before I decided to change it out. It wasn't stretched yet, but there were some tight links and I figured it was about time.

My second chain was flapping against the swingarm at the end of a 5000 mile trip around 37,000 miles.
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