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post #1 of 14 Old 11-21-2009, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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chain life?

I'm getting serious about buying again although there is not much out there to choose from. One bike I plan to see is an 07 with 30,000km. The owner says the bike still has the original tires and chain. Probably a good idea to put a new chain on in the spring?
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30,000km on a rear tire sounds a little fishy to me.

Reports on the chain are 20,000-45,000km, depending on how well it was maintained. Front sprocket is for sure due.
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40,000k+ with a chain oiler is probably easy
I managed 46,000km without an oiler on the OEM chain- the chain probably had 5,000km left.
Front sprocket was well past it's "use by" date though

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I've never owned a chain drive bike so I'm a little cautious about the extra maintenance involved...
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I've never owned a chain drive bike so I'm a little cautious about the extra maintenance involved...
It's pretty minor maintenance if you have a centerstand. Pretty much all you need to do is squirt it once in a while with some lube. I think after each tank of fuel is ideal, although the manual says evey 1,000 km. The need for cleaning is highly over-rated.

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hey Tom

Am I a dink or what? I have over 120 posts here and still haven't jumped in and bought the right bike. There are 3 05's in the Trader all selling at dealers for $5000. There is a blue one at Newmarket Suzuki, a red and a silver one out there. The bike I have my eye on is a metallic red 07 with the nice E41 bags and top box. Doesn't have a centre stand or engine guards. He is willing to store it for the winter but he doesn't sound like he's in a big rush. He hasn't given out his phone number or saftied the bike yet. He is asking $7000 and I know an 05 can be decked out for less than that. I have to have winter storage off site, that is a given.
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Am I a dink or what? I have over 120 posts here and still haven't jumped in and bought the right bike.

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Yup!

Go get yourself a bike. Spring is coming! (But I haven't stopped riding just yet.)

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yet another setback...

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Yup!

Go get yourself a bike. Spring is coming! (But I haven't stopped riding just yet.)

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My finances are in good shape and there is a decent chance of landing an xmas bonus around here. The problem is still the wife. I found out that her 20% interest credit card has a $7500 balance. She's paying over $100 a month interest and I really didn't have a clue it was that bad. I'll probably have to bail her out with my low interest line of credit before we're both in the poor house. I'm not just a dink I'm a jackass. I got a $10000 bonus last year and didn't buy a vstrom...
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Back to chain life...it depends on which lube you use, how regularly you lube, where you ride and how much grit it picks up, how abrasive that grit is, how well and how regularly you clean the chain, how often it's wet, and how heavy you get on the throttle. A Vee is helped by upgrading to a wider, higher load capacity 530 chain and sprockets--a Wee doesn't have the power to benefit from the 530.

Anyway, chain maintenance isn't that big a deal, just another semi-minor thing to do regularly.

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back in the game...

It seems that I won over $5000 playing the slots last night, enough to let me start 'looking' again. I don't think I want an 05, most used bikes for sale seem to be this year. I'd rather spend a little more and get a newer one. Hardly any listings right now and the jackholes I do e-mail don't respond lately.
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