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post #21 of 27 Old 06-19-2019, 03:50 PM
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I also prefer the shiny gold or silver plated finishes on chains.

They're more corrosion-resistant, and a little bling seems to inspire me to pay a little more attention to keeping the chain clean and happy.

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I like the finish EK calls "chrome" on my silver bike, if I had blue or red I would probably go with a shiny gold. With the TUTORO chain oiler I just wipe the chain every 500 or so miles and its clean again. I mainly switched to EK because of the screw type master link and was pleasantly surprised to find out they have a nice durable finish on them. The chrome color looks like a natural chain on the bike, it dulls once you put some oil or lube on it.
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Thanks for all the helpful advice. I went ahead and ordered a 17/43 and the chain has a rivet master link. I've never changed a chain before so I watched videos on how to install a chain and I ordered an RK Racing chain tool kit. I'm looking forward to installing it.

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let me know how it turns out,I'm literally about to do the same thing was going to do a 17/45 and a 530 chain I think
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For those thinking of changing sprockets, Gearing Commander (https://www.gearingcommander.com) is a good place for theoretical info on how your sprocket setup will be expected to perform, aka rpm vs speed. Remember the info is under ideal conditions and does not take into account any adverse road condition, altitude, wind, luggage or rider weight factors.
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And what ever your favorite chain is. I've run mostly clip type masters on the DL1000, but last time I went with the screw type master link and its been fine. No issues with it, no tight links either. I've been very happy with the MVXZ type chains from EK. I went with the chrome finish and its easy to keep clean, very rust resistant. Much better than the natural finish EK I had before. I think its over 3 years old now, zero stretch, no stiff links at all. Its been a great improvement over my other two o-ring chains.

Not the cheap route, but I was sick of early 525 chain failures. I've had good success with the above.
I agree with what I highlighted in BOLD type. That is what I have on my Trophy 900 (also 530). She's heavy, she's torquey, I'm heavy, the bags and trunk are heavy and our sweetspot highway speed is about 125 km/h (about 80 mph) at 5000-5500 revs. There must be close to 30,000 kms on that setup now. I stopped looking at the clip a few years ago. Old wives tales about the clip these days.

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For those thinking of changing sprockets, Gearing Commander (https://www.gearingcommander.com) is a good place for theoretical info on how your sprocket setup will be expected to perform, aka rpm vs speed. Remember the info is under ideal conditions and does not take into account any adverse road condition, altitude, wind, luggage or rider weight factors.
This is an excellent resource and I played around a bunch before buying 16/43 combo. But I hated the high revs on the highway and my gas mileage dropped significantly. The bike also felt really twitchy to me and the gear shifting was notchy. The buzziness bothered me enough to change back to 17T front and I have been super happy with it.

I had installed a speedoDRD to correct the 16T error but getting the true speedo reading messes up the true odo reading by about 10%. Mileage reads 10% lower. So after switching back to 17T, I turned the DRD compensation off.

But yeah - 17/43 is the way to go.

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