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Old 11-05-2012, 06:26 PM
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Default chain maintenance for first timers?

This is my first chain driven bike and I am hoping that someone will be kind enough to give me the low down on what I need to do for maintenance.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:06 PM
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regarding the chain itself.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:22 PM
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As this is such an essential subject, there may already be a
"THIS IS THE ONLY CHAIN THREAD" thread, but here is a starting point:

How to Maintain and Adjust Your Motorcycle Chain - Tips on How to Take Care of Your Motorcycle Chain

This will get you on the right track.

But here is an idea that I like:

To make sure that you keep the rear axle perpendicular to the axis of the bike,
COUNT the turns you make when adjusting the chain, and be sure to make
exactly the same number of turns on the other (right in this case) side.

As you make this adjustment with an Allen key,
count the turns in sixths of a complete rotation.

Adjust the left: one sixth, two sixths, three sixths ... then do the same on the right.

When the turns are exactly equal, check the tension.
If you have made the chain too tight, back off equally on each side.

If you ever lose count, your rear axle may get away from perpendicular to
the direction the bike is going. When you see a motorcycle (or a car for that
matter) proceeding like a dog, angled to its direction of travel, then the
alignment is off, and it can be troublesome to get everything aligned right.

After all, If Mrs. Suzuki originally aimed us right, and we keep aligned,
we ought to stay properly aimed for ever, right? Just hope that whoever
services your motorcycle doesn't screw up the alignment.

That never happens, does it? Naaaaaaaahhhhhh.

Good luck.
I have been messin' with chains for 50 years, and it's still fun.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:38 PM
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so what chain lube do you recommend?

And nice link btw.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:53 PM
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When people give you advice on how to maintain your chain make sure to ask them how long their chains last.

My advice: Don't both with any sort of cleaning of your chain. Lube it with every tank of gas and after very ride in the rain. You only need to lube the area where the side plates touch each other as lube will get on the few other places that need it. I use Wurth HHS2000 and doing the above routine had the last chain I replaced last until close to 50,000 miles vs roughly 20,000 to 25,000 miles for my previous chains which were taken care of the way your manual suggests (and which is similar to the link given previously.)

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Other good chain lubes are TriFlow, PJ1 Blue, DuPont Chain Saver (yellow label). Lube every other tank of gas in dry weather and every tank in the wet or in grit.

A chain a bit loose is better than a chain that is a bit tight. (When the rear wheel rises the chain gets tighter. If too tight it wears very fast.). The chain rarely needs adjustment. Expect it to live 20,000 miles or more with proper lube.

Do not trust the marks by the axle for alignment. Look at the chain running over the sprocket to be sure that it is running straight off the sprocket.

A small dab of anti seize on the axle threads is good, and torque the axle nut to 58 lbs-ft (not the book spec) if you lube these threads with the anti seize.
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Other good chain lubes are TriFlow, PJ1 Blue, DuPont Chain Saver (yellow label). Lube every other tank of gas in dry weather and every tank in the wet or in grit.

A chain a bit loose is better than a chain that is a bit tight. (When the rear wheel rises the chain gets tighter. If too tight it wears very fast.). The chain rarely needs adjustment. Expect it to live 20,000 miles or more with proper lube.

Do not trust the marks by the axle for alignment. Look at the chain running over the sprocket to be sure that it is running straight off the sprocket.

A small dab of anti seize on the axle threads is good, and torque the axle nut to 58 lbs-ft (not the book spec) if you lube these threads with the anti seize.

Agreed on all points.

You can order the DuPont Chain Saver at McMaster-Carr. Walmart supposedly carries it, but it always seems to be out of stock, probably due to widespread hoarding. It's good stuff.


Don't get too caught up in the endless crap-slinging around chain lube. Just do SOMETHING to keep the chain from getting all rusty and keep it slightly loose.

Bear in mind that the Vee/Wee has more suspension travel than most streetbikes (6 inches vs. 4), so you do need to run the chain a bit looser than most folks are used to. Nothing will kill a chain faster than a n00b who overtightens it, plus you have the possibility of serious engine damage if you bend the countershaft.
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picked up some teflon chain saver. proceeded to lube.

Found a broken link, the roller is split. 18k on it if it is the original chain.

Now to figure out what chain to buy.
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A member here, Blair, has a mail order business where he offers very good parts at very fair prices. Svracingparts.com. Blair is an SV racer and strom rider. His chain and sprockets are very good. You'll need a chain tool for the rivet master link.
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A member here, Blair, has a mail order business where he offers very good parts at very fair prices. Svracingparts.com. Blair is an SV racer and strom rider. His chain and sprockets are very good. You'll need a chain tool for the rivet master link.
Yep. This. Blair has great prices on top quality chains and sprockets.

Good thing you inspected your chain carefully and caught the problem!
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