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    Good vid. Long time since I've riden a bike with a chain, but I do have a question
    How often do you need to tension the chain, and when should you be replacing a chain.
    Actually, what about belt drives also ?

    I'm running a shaft - but I am still keen to know these things.

    cheers Mogy ...
    So many bikes - so little time

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    I'm not happy with the way he uses the spray - I prefer to use a piece of cardboard between the chain and tyre as a shield to avoid any lube getting between me and Mother Earth.

    - to keep the rear wheel aligned I only do one quarter turn each side at a time (ie 1/4 left, 1/4 right, 1/4 left, 1/4 right), small increments, but hard to forget where you are up to.


    - the alignment marks on the swingarm are not always accurate, take a look at them beforehand.

    Quote Originally Posted by MeanMogy View Post
    Good vid. Long time since I've riden a bike with a chain, but I do have a question
    How often do you need to tension the chain, and when should you be replacing a chain.
    Actually, what about belt drives also ?

    I'm running a shaft - but I am still keen to know these things.

    cheers Mogy ...
    The answer is "it depends". The main driver is wear or stretch on the chain itself and wear on the sprockets. I've heard of people ripping up a chain in 3000km, my current chain and sprockets have 47000km on them.

    Regular chain cleaning reduces the need to re-tension and can extend time between replacements - save $$$!! Cleaning removes grit and contaminants that act as an abrasive.

    I did my own write up on cleaning a while ago: http://www.kawariders.com.au/showthr...chain-cleaning

    Service books and owners manuals have a guide on how much slack a cahin should have and a measurement for stretch (measure 20 links and replace if above this number). Mostly I've seen 30mm to 45mm or so slack in the chain is normal.

    Service book will tell you if you should measure the chain slack on a stand on or the ground - when the bike is in the air the swingarm is tensioning the chain a little more.

    Some other indicators for wear are the sprockets. When the teeth start rounding out the sprocket is worn, another indicator is being able to pull the chain away from the back of the sprocket, in other words, the chain is loose on the sprocket.

    Chain and sprockets should be replaced as a set - in the longer term it pays off as you don't end up with worn components ripping up new parts.

    Belts are similar for adjustment, but usually have a viewing window so you can see the belt move - some of the bikes I've seen have a particular point you apply 20kg of weight to measure the slack.

    My own chain is due for adjustment - might do my own write-up this weekend.......

    Cheers!
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    Thanks Sean - I don't have an immediate need, but it's interesting to me.
    Nice write up on the chain clean too!
    So many bikes - so little time

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    That's a great design Cyba!
    I'd love to maintain my bike nicely beyond lubing the chain, just have no good tools or know how. One day!

    "Live Free....Live Now" - ZZR250-PT

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    My Dad taught we to the proper way to tighten a chain and that is to turn the wheel testing the tension until you find the tighter tension spot on the chain. This is where you adjust the chain from. Not mentioned in the video? I alway do it this way so I dont over tension the chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by penguineer View Post
    I'm not happy with the way he uses the spray
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    i wasn't happy with most of it mate...guy's obviously a newbie rider

    bet he wouldn't even know what this if for


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    Re chain clean and lube; one word - INOX.
    Worth the few extra bucks it costs
    I like days when I have no where to go and all day to do get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jefflthomas View Post
    i wasn't happy with most of it mate...guy's obviously a newbie rider

    bet he wouldn't even know what this if for


    Thats turn 5 of the old Winton racetrack isn't it .. ?
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