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post #1 of 13 Old 06-13-2006, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Now I remember why I fell in love with shaft drives

First chain tightening sequence I've gone through since my 84 model DR650!

Chain lube all over the tire and center hub. Ugh ... and hands. UGH!

Set tension, align, tighten axle nut. Chain too tight. Ugh ...

I did remember to snug the alignment bolts and lock nuts. Ugh ...

I figured that after 20 years, technology would have allowed a lynch pin, instead of a cotter pin. Ugh ...

Did anyone else NOT install the stud that kept the motor from running when on the center stand? :wink:

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post #2 of 13 Old 06-13-2006, 11:22 PM
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Re: Now I remember why I fell in love with shaft drives

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First chain tightening sequence I've gone through since my 84 model DR650!

Chain lube all over the tire and center hub. Ugh ... and hands. UGH!

Set tension, align, tighten axle nut. Chain too tight. Ugh ...

I did remember to snug the alignment bolts and lock nuts. Ugh ...

I figured that after 20 years, technology would have allowed a lynch pin, instead of a cotter pin. Ugh ...

Did anyone else NOT install the stud that kept the motor from running when on the center stand? :wink:
Ok....why did you buy this bike then???? Is your icecream usually too cold for ya??? :lol:

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post #3 of 13 Old 06-13-2006, 11:47 PM
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Mitch, the chain and sprocket are relativiely inexpensive consumables.

I just spray some teflon orWD40 on my chain every 500 miles or so, the chain will last at least 15k without all the hassle of other lubes.

Keep it simple.

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I'm sure it was "initial stretch".

It just brought a smile to my face and lots of memories dealing with a chain once again.

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I too am not a fan of chains. That constant NVH and maintenance is a pita. I agree it is cheap and is the best for suspension actuation.

I have only had one or two bikes (a short time) with shaft drive in my entire bike riding career. So chains are really all I know. :P

PJ1 chain wax is my friend a few times a week.

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I have 22,000+ miles on the original chain & sprockets 8) Seems to be working well for me

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Warren - Really, can you use WD-40 and that's it on the chain?? I bought some over-priced lube from the shop that is the tacky stuff...picks up all kinds of dirt and debris. :cry: I will definitely try the WD if it's good to do so. Thanks.
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Warren - Really, can you use WD-40 and that's it on the chain?? I bought some over-priced lube from the shop that is the tacky stuff...picks up all kinds of dirt and debris. :cry: I will definitely try the WD if it's good to do so. Thanks.
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I used nothing but WD40 since the early 80's; but every 3-500 miles.

I've never gotten less than 20K out of any chain.

Good enough for me. No muss, no fuss.

If you ride in the dirt, anything other than plain chain wax or WD40/silicone will attract dirt and make a nice gritty compound to wear your stuff out.

Lately though I've been using spray silicone as well; should work fine.

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Thanks Warren. I just checked out your Strom site and that is one sweet setup you have! I love your Givi cases and the MP Cycledesigns windscreen. I'm not familiar with MP Cycledesigns and will look to see where I can get one. I've been looking at the Givi, Cee Baileys and the Laminar Lip. I was disappointed in the turbulence created by my Suzuki handguards and am hoping a larger/taller/wider windscreen will help. Thanks for sharing your bike's setup on your web site.
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