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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-02-2002, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Chain and Sprocket care ?

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-03-2002, 01:30 PM
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Just changed mine...

...at just under 14,000 miles.

Am I just not riding hard enough?
Is it because Triumph fit good quality chains (Regina ZVM)?
Is it because I am obsessive about keeping the chain oiled? I use chain oil that is supposed to go in automatic oilers like the Scottoiler, but put it on manually every 4-500 miles or so.
Is it because I try to keep the chain clean as well as oiled?

At 120 UK pounds (about 180 US dollars) for a good quality replacement set I'll not be changing my cleaning and oiling regime.

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I inspect my sprockets, lube & adjust my chain At least once a week. And I replace as needed, I usally get 10,000 plus miles from a chain and two chains per set of sprockets.

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I've got 24,000 + miles on my SuperHawk original chain and sprockets and still going strong. They are nowhere near needing replacement. Thanks ScottOiler!

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I get just over 20,000 out of a chain. No Scott oiler but keep a close eye on it and lube as required, about 500 miles, give or take. Anytime I get a rain ride, it's as soon as it stops raining. That's on the road if I'm on a trip. The rain cleans the lube off right now.

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Now up to 26000. Is this possible? I wonder if Im missing something here but it hardly looks worn. I havent seen the front sprocket though, I wonder if it wears out first?

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Now up to 26000. Is this possible? I wonder if Im missing something here but it hardly looks worn. I havent seen the front sprocket though, I wonder if it wears out first?
Yes it does but you should still be good. I run two chains to one front sprocket and actually never replaced the rear until 65,000. It wasn't even that bad. Just be sure not to run a worn out chain. It will tear up sprockets. The minute you notice it requiring adjustment more frequently, get it off or you will do in sprockets. I've gotten 21, 23, and 24,000 out of three chains on my current bike. The original chain was ruined by the original owner and a power washer. It came off as soon as I realized it had links kinking with rust bleeding out around the plates. It only had a few thousand miles on it but was junked. He did a front wheel bearing in the same way.

That mileage is especially possible if you do a lot of highway cruising without continuous hard accelleration and it 's never run without lube.

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Thanks for the info. I think the ScottOiler is really helping.

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This is an old one. I originally posted "two chains to one front sprocket". I've since ammended that and now make it policy to do the front sprocket with every chain. The rear can be seen and is easy to inspect. The front, not so, and the last one was pretty bad at the end of life of two chains. Although it didn't cause any immediate problems, I just do the front with each chain now. On one it's not very bad but two seems a little too much.

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This is an old one. I originally posted "two chains to one front sprocket". I've since ammended that and now make it policy to do the front sprocket with every chain. The rear can be seen and is easy to inspect. The front, not so, and the last one was pretty bad at the end of life of two chains. Although it didn't cause any immediate problems, I just do the front with each chain now. On one it's not very bad but two seems a little too much.
Is the wear accellerated by the track riding you do? I guess what I'm asking is, for someone who rides often but not anything more than public twisties or the like could the "two chains to one front sprocket" rule of thumb still hold? Just curious.

Either way, good info!

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