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post #1 of 24 Old 04-07-2010, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Question Lost chain guard - any need to replace?

My chain guard has gone bye-bye. First the rear mount tab snapped off the swing arm. I had it welded back on but it snapped again the next time in the dirt. Unfortunately, instead of removing the whole chain guard I just tied it off and kept riding. Next time I checked the whole thing was gone, so now I don't even have the original tab to weld back on.

So is there any real function of the chain guard, or is it purely cosmetic?

I use teflon multilube as chain lubricant so I don't have any stuff flinging off.

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Get your pants leg or boot lace caught in the chain and you'll find out why they call it a "Guard". Replacing it is your choice, but if it were mine I would.

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Get your pants leg or boot lace caught in the chain and you'll find out why they call it a "Guard". Replacing it is your choice, but if it were mine I would.
I think if you can get your leg back there on a Vstrom, you've got a whole different set of issues than pants in the sprocket....namely that you're not in the saddle anymore on a moving bike.

Mine fell off, and I haven't replaced it. Don't like 'em as a rule anyway just get in the way of cleaning and lubing....and like the OP I use non-flinging lube.

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I think if you can get your leg back there on a Vstrom, you've got a whole different set of issues than pants in the sprocket....namely that you're not in the saddle anymore on a moving bike..
That just made me think how awful it would be to have what could be a relatively mild get-off turn into bloody hamburger-throwing affair if you DID get caught up in the chain/ sprocket as you were sliding down the road. There's a tip-over sensor tho, isn't there?
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Guys, the chain guard covers the top of the chain. The chain is moving away from the sprocket on the top, so I don't see the increased hazard, unless I was going really really fast backwards.

The bottom is more of a hazard and is unprotected even with the chain guard.

If it makes a difference I have Jesse side case racks on the bike, which makes it even harder to get my leg back there.

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My bike didn't have a chain guard when I bought mine(used). I bought one.It broke with my 18/45 gearing. My bike is a lot celaner with a chain guard.
I use teflon lube for the chain. The exhaust, wheels and swingarm are much cleaner. You would some unbelievable bad luck to get something caught in the chain with out the guard.




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I think if you can get your leg back there on a Vstrom, you've got a whole different set of issues than pants in the sprocket....namely that you're not in the saddle anymore on a moving bike.

Mine fell off, and I haven't replaced it. Don't like 'em as a rule anyway just get in the way of cleaning and lubing....and like the OP I use non-flinging lube.
Many people talk about purchasing and mounting "highway pegs". My highway pegs are the passenger pegs. Once on the highway, I reach back with the toes of my boots, kick down the passenger pegs, and rest my feet on them.

There are no issues with my legs or feet being back there.

But, if I lost my chainguard, I would replace it.

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I will replace it. It keeps debris, water in rainy days, dirt, etc away from the chain
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If your state has yearly vehicle inspections, it likely won't pass with out the guard. I took the chain guard off on my DRZ two years ago and haven't had any issues. Then again I don't bother to get that bike inspected.

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