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    Walking home

    Yesterday I was out riding, did over 100 miles under a clear blue sky, very rare in southeast Alaska. With only 500 yards till home my chain seal came off and threw the chain off the front sprocket. Without any tools I was able to put the chain back on and baby her home. This got me thinking about how in my 25k miles of motorcycle riding between a KLR650 and TW200 I have never, not once, not made it home. *knock on wood* What are your experiences? Has a broken down TW ever left you walking home? What tools do you wish you had, or was it something that no one could have predicted or fixed (seized motor).

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    No bike has ever left me stranded away from home. Thank god I've always caught any issues at home in the driveway.
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    What is a "chain seal"?

    I have always "made it home"...but sometimes limping or bleeding or with a damaged helmet.
    Once from a police station...
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    Pretty sure itís the rubber protecting the swingarm that the chain slides on.

    Donít ride too long like that. Itíll start sawing through the swingarm. The swingarm has to come off to replace it. Unless you want to modify the part. Not too bad, just awkward and time consuming.

    Someone posted cheap knockoffs I think on Amazon or eBay. Search the threads. Good luck. Glad you got home and it didnít lock up the rear.

    Iím a city guy, so the one time I got stumped by an electrical problem I took a $6 Uber home and brought my truck back to get it.
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    I always call someone when I break down. That way I don't have to walk.

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    Unknown electrical problem. Later determined to be the pickup coil co-located with the stator. Pops-in-law recovery vehicle
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    Battery died out of the blue. Stopped to take a break and walk around WAY back in the woods on a single track. NO fricken kick start so I was done. Pushed that POS nearly 3 miles till I found a hill big enough and with solid enough ground to bump start her. Back in the day when cell phone wasn't even around.

    This was on a XR650L not a TW. Bump starting a 650 single in nearly impossible but it can be done., by yourself. Had no choice.
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    Have seized a cylinder once and holed a case in a river crossing once on enduro bikes, both resulted in about 10 mile hikes. Left one of these bikes overnight upright standing in mud in a not-quite-dry lakebed outside Tonopah NV once, but returned at dawn when mud was semi-frozen and rode out.
    The TW has treated me better though allowing me to limp home with flat rear tire twice. Another time Betty Boop was so mired in mud I had to walk away to find cell service & call for help. Help brought me excavation tools
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    I did break a throttle cable on an old Honda CB500. Swapped the return cable over. Rode home having to twist the throttle the wrong way. It was confusing.
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    I also want to know what a "chain seal" is too? Master Link? Never heard the term before with close to 50 years of motorcycles.
    AKTW... what is it? My Dad always said if you get to learn at least one new thing a day you're doing okay.
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    "chain seal" is what Yamaha calls the part. It is a rubbery plasticy thing that is about 3 inches behind the front sprocket. Typically it is white or yellowish. This covers the swing arm from the chain rubbing on it.

    Everyone says you have to remove the swing arm to replace it, I had the same part go out on the KLR650 and I was able to replace it by bending/wrappng it around and fishing it through. Has anyone been able to do that?
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