Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: North Lauderdale, FL
I changed my chain and front sprocket on Friday at about 20900 miles - but I should have done the chain sooner. Unfortunately I got sent the wrong rear sprocket - but I emailed Blair, he called me at home about an hour later, and the new sprocket should be almost here. As usual, great service from Blair.
After reading horror stories about pins on chain tools breaking and the need to grind off the head of the rivet before trying to break it I was somewhat apprehensive about the process.
But the RK tool that I bought from Blair was perfect. I broke the old chain and the new one twice (was being overly cautious about not cutting it too small) without grinding anything and with no issues whatsoever. It also made splaying the rivets easy.
It is an expensive tool (to me) at $100 but I figure if I use it twice it's more than payed for itself. If my son keeps piling up the miles on his R6 I think I'll get a chance to use it again relatively soon. And the quality of the tool makes it look like it should last as long as both my son and I ride bikes.
You do get what you pay for and while there are cheaper alternatives out there to this noob this tool was exactly what I needed. It allowed me to do the job quickly, easily, and most important, properly.
Orange 2012 Wee (new in May 2013) - Richland Rich's fork brace and mirror extenders, Givi engine guards and top case, gel grips.
Black 2004 Wee with H&B engine guards, SV Racing Frame and Swing Arm sliders, Superbrace, Givi top case, gel grips