60,000 on a M/C Chain

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  1. UhOh

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    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.
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    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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  2. Andy Capp

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    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.
     
  3. Deven

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    30k miles. its all about the maintenance
     
  4. r6jon

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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.
     
  5. Deven

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    looks like a new tire. the noobs changing the tire probably drew it on there :popcorn:
     
  6. mjn

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    Swapped my OE chain & sprockets out at 13k. I know they could've lasted longer but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
     
  7. james1300

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    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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  8. dragracer1951

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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.
     
  9. infidel

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    Tell him not to waste $$$ on a new one.

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

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    Wait... You can adjust the chain?
     
  11. ZaethDekar

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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.
     
  12. Andy Capp

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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.
     
  13. dragracer1951

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    Dosen't run on vacuum
    it's digital
     
  14. taznhell

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    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.
     
  15. james1300

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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!
     
  16. RideMotto

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    Soo stretchy.
     
  17. rmhm25

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    This guy got every last bit he could....



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





    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. ".














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  18. Treavor

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    Goin on 50K with OEM chain. (Will be replaced asap though)
     
  19. ZaethDekar

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    When you aren't working for four months its hard to spend money you don't have.
     
  20. Andy Capp

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    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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