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post #1 of 21 Old 04-03-2019, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Chain, but which one?

Shopping for tires, imma change the chain too while at it.
The suzuki kit is in backorder (~185$cdn), i've been looking at three companies: DID, EK and RK.

Prices vary a lot (~35-170$cdn for the chain alone), some have longer names than others, pro, heavy duty... i'm confused.

I'm in need of guidance on this one.
Thought i could save money going aftermarket, should i just stick with oem?

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I got the EK chain and sprockets from SV Racing.


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Thanks. Do you remember which model the chain is?

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It's hard to go wrong with the factory kit if you can get one. (my current chain, from a factory kit, had 85,553 km on Monday, It will have about 300km more by the time I get home tonight.) I don't know who makes the chain for Suzuki. In the past I used DID X-Ring but honestly I suspect most well know brand names will work.

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Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

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2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
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Shopping for tires, ...
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BTW Pete's Superbike in Montreal is a great place to get tires (in Canada.) Great prices and fast shipping.) I think he might have chains as well.

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My Opinion:
Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

My Stroms:
2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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The oem is likely DID.....mine is. FortNine has the kits as well as other brands. I stand corrected, could not find a listing on FortNine for the '14/1000.

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BTW Pete's Superbike in Montreal is a great place to get tires (in Canada.) Great prices and fast shipping.) I think he might have chains as well.

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Already spoke to him about the tires today, hehe.

My questioning is due to the major difference in prices. Since i do not plan to bring it on a track, race or dirt, and that oem products are usually pretty basic, do i really need the extra super gold heavy duty pro kind?

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Already spoke to him about the tires today, hehe.

My questioning is due to the major difference in prices. Since i do not plan to bring it on a track, race or dirt, and that oem products are usually pretty basic, do i really need the extra super gold heavy duty pro kind?
It was simpler ten years ago. I honestly don't know but I used to use DID X-Ring and they were gold. I thought I read once that OEM is EK but really am not sure. (Greywolf would know!) I am sure the $35 ones aren't worth the money and just as sure a chain aimed at racing. SV-Racing sells EK chains although duties and shipping to Canada might make it not cost effective to get from him.

(Lubing the chain often is the most important thing once you have figured out which chain to get.)

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My Opinion:
Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

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2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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It's hard to go wrong with the factory kit if you can get one. (my current chain, from a factory kit, had 85,553 km on Monday, It will have about 300km more by the time I get home tonight.)
..Tom

Dang it V-Tom. Only 2000 more miles and you will pass my high mileage chain. I wish I hadn't have thrown it away I would put it back on. I know it had at least 10,000 miles left in it.
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It was simpler ten years ago. I honestly don't know but I used to use DID X-Ring and they were gold. I thought I read once that OEM is EK but really am not sure. (Greywolf would know!) I am sure the $35 ones aren't worth the money and just as sure a chain aimed at racing. SV-Racing sells EK chains although duties and shipping to Canada might make it not cost effective to get from him.

(Lubing the chain often is the most important thing once you have figured out which chain to get.)

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I lube my chain every ~500kms, which is very often. I think the oem lasts me about 35-40000kms but i'm not 100% sure cause it's been a while. For the purchase, if i don't go oem i'm going to order the chain with the tires.

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