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Old 09-09-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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From: Tri-Cities, WA

I Ride: Hither, Thither and Yon ... mostly day rides
60,000 on a M/C Chain
Could not believe, but the guy's reliable (and says he's now got a new chain / sprockets to install).


60,000 miles on this chain.
Mechanical & Technical
Looks looser than a goose even after taking up all the available tightening distance.


No, don't know how, maybe later ...
If the rider wants to own up, it's up to him.
For me, hat's off for keeping it together.



So how many miles have others (you) had a chain last ??


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Old 09-09-2012, 08:56 PM   #2
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I Ride: 08 675, 72 XL250, 93 PW80, 80 GS250
That chain was done 10s of thousands of miles ago. It hasn't lasted, it just hasn't snapped yet. Look at all the stiff links and the stretch is waaaaaay out of spec. Dude/dudette is lucky nothing bad happened, seriously!

About 20k for me if I were to guess. I havent kept track. Just change it when it's nearly done.

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Old 09-09-2012, 09:22 PM   #3
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I Ride: R6 track, SV650S street
30k miles. its all about the maintenance

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Old 09-09-2012, 09:29 PM   #4
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From: West Linn, Oregon

I Ride: 09 Husqvarna 610SM, 14 Husqvarna 310TE
I like the rotation arrow on the wheel. I'm not sure I'd be able to figure out that whole sprocket/disc thing without it.

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Old 09-09-2012, 09:33 PM   #5
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I Ride: R6 track, SV650S street
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I like the rotation arrow on the wheel. I'm not sure I'd be able to figure out that whole sprocket/disc thing without it.
looks like a new tire. the noobs changing the tire probably drew it on there

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Old 09-09-2012, 09:46 PM   #6
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I Ride: '05 Busa, '81 Seca 550, '78 Hawk, '69 Z50A
Swapped my OE chain & sprockets out at 13k. I know they could've lasted longer but I'd rather be safe than sorry.

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Old 09-10-2012, 04:43 AM   #7
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I Ride: When I can
25K is the longest. Average 20K most.
I started using AMSOIL 'Metal Protectant' chain lube. It does not fling.
I hope to get up into the 25K numbers.
Keeping a chain clean and lubed often helps.
Even with a 'sealed' O/X ring chain.

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Old 09-10-2012, 05:24 AM   #8
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I Ride: 05 KTM 625smc, 03 Are See fiddy one, 05 DRZ470SM, 95 FZR1040, 69 Combat Commando Roadster, 73 Commando Interstate, 67 BSA B44, 71 BSA B50
I have two bikes with a Pro Oiler. Both of them make pretty big HP numbers. Both of them have over 50k on the chains. I think I've adjusted them maybe three times.
Pro Oilers work. And work very well.

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Old 09-10-2012, 05:30 AM   #9
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I Ride: 2006 Hayabusa
Tell him not to waste $$$ on a new one.

Just drive out a link or two, douse with WD, and mount it back up!

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Old 09-10-2012, 05:34 AM   #10
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Wait... You can adjust the chain?

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Old 09-10-2012, 07:33 AM   #11
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I Ride: Versys 650
Last chain had ~11.5k on it for the OEM.

However I didn't take too much care of it, as I really didn't have the money to keep it properly maintained.

My new chain though has less then 100 miles on it and I'll be taking much better care of it.

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Old 09-10-2012, 10:03 AM   #12
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I Ride: 08 675, 72 XL250, 93 PW80, 80 GS250
“ Quote:
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I have two bikes with a Pro Oiler. Both of them make pretty big HP numbers. Both of them have over 50k on the chains. I think I've adjusted them maybe three times.
Pro Oilers work. And work very well.
Are they FI bikes? I remember fitting a Scott oiler to my first bike (Er5). Great for the chain but a bit of a pain since the regulation was not so good and I had to pinch the vac tube to get her to start in the winter.

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Old 09-10-2012, 11:03 AM   #13
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I Ride: 05 KTM 625smc, 03 Are See fiddy one, 05 DRZ470SM, 95 FZR1040, 69 Combat Commando Roadster, 73 Commando Interstate, 67 BSA B44, 71 BSA B50
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Are they FI bikes? I remember fitting a Scott oiler to my first bike (Er5). Great for the chain but a bit of a pain since the regulation was not so good and I had to pinch the vac tube to get her to start in the winter.
Dosen't run on vacuum
it's digital

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Old 09-10-2012, 11:24 AM   #14
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From: Cornelius, Oregon

I Ride: Everyday
I inspect the sprockets and chain once a month. I clean the chain, lubricate and adjust if needed. Once the indicator on the frame says replace I do, usually 20K or so. I like to replace the sprockets when I replace the chain but have used sprockets for up to first 40K on bike. I did notice difference after replacing the sprockets it seemed quiter and smoother.

I had a chain snap at 20K bought it off E-Bay it was a POS only buy my chains from dealers with rep now the $5 I saved was not worth it.

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Old 09-10-2012, 05:55 PM   #15
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Last chain had ~11.5k on it for the OEM.

However I didn't take too much care of it, as I really didn't have the money to keep it properly maintained.

My new chain though has less then 100 miles on it and I'll be taking much better care of it.

Wait a minute! A $120.00 chain is cheaper than a can of chain lube?
Come here boy! I got a bridge to sell ya!

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Old 09-10-2012, 05:56 PM   #16
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I Ride: 2008 GSX-R1000, 2008 Ninja 650R SOLD
Soo stretchy.

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Old 09-10-2012, 07:16 PM   #17
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I Ride: 2009 Yamaha TW200 / 1972 Suzuki RV90 / 1970 CT70 (with 110 lifan)
This guy got every last bit he could....



do not look at anything besides the chain and sprocket... You may go blind





His story....

"Back in 1981, 3 of us set off from England for a 2-week touring ride around mainland Europe. I was on my T150V Triumph Trident and the other 2 had Z1000 Kawasakis. Before departing, giving more thought to the fact that we would only be away from home for 2 weeks rather than the fact that we would be putting in some serious mileage, one of the guys decided that with a fairly worn rear drive chain, he would remove a link to provide more adjustment should he need it. 5 days and 2500 miles later in Athens (yes, Greece!) the photograph shows the result. As you can imagine, the last 300 miles or so, were only achieved by tightening the chain to provide friction drive with what was left of the sprocket. Indeed, such was the strain on the chain, that the rollers had flats worn on them by the time we arrived at our final holiday destination. ".














Mechanical & Technical

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Old 09-10-2012, 07:39 PM   #18
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I Ride: 2005 R1, 2004 R1, 2001 R1, 2002 R6, 2003 R6 (Sold)
Goin on 50K with OEM chain. (Will be replaced asap though)

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Old 09-10-2012, 08:19 PM   #19
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I Ride: Versys 650
“ Quote:
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Wait a minute! A $120.00 chain is cheaper than a can of chain lube?
Come here boy! I got a bridge to sell ya!
When you aren't working for four months its hard to spend money you don't have.

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Old 09-10-2012, 10:05 PM   #20
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I Ride: 08 675, 72 XL250, 93 PW80, 80 GS250
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Dosen't run on vacuum
it's digital
Them is clever cloggies! I guess I forgot to check back to see who made it into the modern age. Thanks

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