i need your chain advice
Posted 11 May 2012 - 10:41 AM
its the standard one, 120 links for $60 bucks but i see that it has mixed reviews (one guy claimed it snapped after 300 miles...):
my other option would be to order one from the dealer and wait a month.
it seems DID is a good brand, but the idea of a chain snapping on me while im travelling on the highway is very frightening, i need peace of mind. what would you suggest? i ride all street by the way.
Posted 13 May 2012 - 04:32 AM
ALL chains need plenty of service,,cleaning and oiling,,Every 300-500 miles if you expect it to last..
Take my,and others advice..Clean and lube your new chain often with a good chain wax spray..It does fling off a little but its wax and wipes right off your bodywork...
Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:04 AM
First rule, buy your chain and sprokets together. A worn chain will wear out your new sprokets, and a worn sprocket will wear out a new chain almost 50% faster (Or more depending on how worn each of the variables are).
If you purchase an o-ring, or an x-ring chain you do not 'technically' need to oil or lube the chain. X-ring and o-ring chains are internaly lubed. As long as you clean the chain to keep dirt and grime from destroying the o or x ring, and you do NOT use harsh chemicals that do the same, your chain will last just as long, and service you just as well without appying any chain lube.
That said, I always do anyway. A thin coat of Maxima chain lube after cleaning is all you need. If you have an x or o-ring chain stay away from chain "Wax". It's thicker and collects the dirt and grime that will wear out that o ring! Clean the chain with soapy water and a plastic bristled bruch (A toothbrush works great), rinse it off and spray it with WD-40 and wipe clean. Ride it around the block to get the chain nice and warm, and then spray a thin coat of chain lube while spinning the rear tire. Give it a few minutes to soak in, and then wipe off excess with a rag.
Keep it adjusted correctly. If your chain gets loose and starts flopping around, it is going to wear out those sprockets, and the vicious cycle will begin. A new chain is going to stretch, so check it beofre and after EVERY ride.
Stay away from anything cheap from China.
DID, RK, Renthal.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:24 AM
Posted 19 May 2012 - 11:30 PM
I run DID 520VT2 chains on three of my bikes (2 XRs) because they are narrower than other ring chains to suit bikes not designed with clearances for wide chains.
These chains are about twice the cost of a non ring chain but have a life that is up to 10 times longer so they have a much better Life Cycle Cost. They can also extend sprocket life because of their lower stretch rate and not requiring dirt attracting oil.