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    six wheels are better than zero, i suppose

    The chain on my bike broke today. Yay! And 5 points to Gryffindor for retaining all my leg flesh in the process.

    The bike only has ~4000 miles on it, and while I've never had a bike before with a chain final drive, that seems like an awfully short lifespan. Is that common?

    I ordered a 15/49 sprocket setup, hopefully that will turn out well as I ride mostly on the street. It seems pretty torquey down low with the stock ratio, so hopefully it won't be too bad now.

    So with my other bike being stolen a few weeks ago, and the TW temporarily out of commision, I am resigned to driving my truck for a little while ):
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    You have to clean and oil the chain -- I do it every 300 to 400 miles -- a friend does it every 800 but I think that is to long -- you must have done it a little bit because a zero care chain usually breaks at 2000 miles.
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    Ah, i see. I usually lube it every few hundred miles, but who knows if the previous owner ever did it.

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    It does seem like it went out a little prematurely. Are you going to go with a O-ring or X-ring chain? Keep us posted in that sprocket combo please. I'm interested in that one.
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    I would say this is not common on a motorcycle with the power of a TW with normal maintenance and adjustment regardless of the type of chain (x/o-ring or standard). Do you believe it was purely a sucky chain or do you think you may have contributed to this happening? There wasn't some type of debris which caught in the chain causing this was there?
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    How about 3 wheels? Wonder where would Mike install the ScottOiler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    How about 3 wheels? Wonder where would Mike install the ScottOiler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by admiral View Post
    I would say this is not common on a motorcycle with the power of a TW with normal maintenance and adjustment regardless of the type of chain (x/o-ring or standard). Do you believe it was purely a sucky chain or do you think you may have contributed to this happening? There wasn't some type of debris which caught in the chain causing this was there?
    I was riding on the street, so there were no sticks or rocks or anything to find their way in there. As to having a sucky chain-maybe? when I bought the bike in June it had ~2200 miles in six years, so there was probably a lot of just sitting there going on (maybe in the elements?). I have no basis of comparison to tell whether the wear is normal or not, but I had to adjust the slack in the chain twice in about 1800 miles. I bought an O-ring chain, so hopefully that one will wear quite a bit slower.

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    It should last longer, but you still have to maintain it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by methamphetasaur View Post

    I ordered a 15/49 sprocket setup, hopefully that will turn out well as I ride mostly on the street.


    15/49 may be perfect for the street. I've been running 15/50 a long time and like it. If I can ever wear out my O ring chain I will try 15/49. If the bike is running strong 15/49 should be fun, especially on the open road .

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