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    When I restored the Black Widow last winter I wasn’t sure what gearing to choose. The only sprocket combination I had ever run was the 14/45 which came on my 2006. This combination had always worked well for me as I ride a lot of two lane roads. I installed a stock DID Chain temporarily to experiment with the 14/50. I desided to keep this combination after only clocked 1000 miles on it and today I replaced it with a DID X-Ring Chain. I kept the standard chain clean and lubed but have had to tighten it twice. I laid the chains side by side to get the proper length. The standard chain had stretched one complete link and had started destroying my front sprocket.
    Two years ago I put an O-Ring chain on my 2006 after 5000 miles and I also had to replace both sprockets. I have never had to adjust my O-Ring chain.
    Don’t waste your money on standard chains and if you are running a standard consider replacing as so as possible.

    Notice the difference in size of the chains, the stock chain is a little rough after three hard days of riding in Green Ridge.

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    I put a DID X-ring chain and new front,rear sprockets at time of install. Put 14,000 miles on chain and sprockets at time of replacement.
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    Stretch out the chain and put a yard stick next to it. You can measure the stretch. There should be a rivet every 1/2". Maximum acceptable stretch is .006" / rivet.
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    I was sceptical, as in "Really, 14hp, how bad can the OEM chain be..?" Then after having to adjust for stretch pretty much every ride, I went o-ring. Several thousand KMs on it and never had to adjust.
    Like someone said, "There is no economy in buying a non-oring chain." Or something like that.

    And, even if you're willing to adjust stretch every ride, remember as it stretches (wears, really), the spacing is no longer correct to mesh nicely into the sprocket teeth, so that will cause accelerated wear on the sprockets.
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    Do the 2018 models have o-ring chain?

    Yamaha only lists "chain" in the specs on-line, but that is the same on the XT250, which comes with o-ring chain.

    https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/du...t/models/tw200

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    I'd see no reason why they would put a better "O" or "X" ring chain on it. Same folks that dropped the kickstarter to give you a front disc brake. Keep costs down and folks are going to buy them anyway.

    I changed to an "X" ring with less than 300 miles on it. Part of a sprocket change but even if you weren't doing that the difference between the no-ring chain and the x-ring is day and night. One thing to add is don't measure to match the old chain, and eliminate links to match it. Just make sure you have the same amount/number of links. If you are doing this when the chain is already stretched a lot you may get a false number of links.

    And keep you stock chain as an emergency spare if it is not trashed.

    Stock original chain. 290 miles. I adjusted it maybe once so it was still in pretty good shape.
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    Stock chain pulling the new X-Ring chain thru.
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    The TW is the only motorcycle I own that uses a chain. All others are shaft-drives. I went with chain paste instead of chain oil/grease. So far I've been pretty happy with the product. No more crap flinging off onto the tire.
    The chain itself... much more beefier and and obvious much higher quality than the stock DID (it's a DID too).
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    Anyone got a link on a preferred o-ring?
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    Do any of you here have any experience with Rocky
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    A couple weeks ago I sent Lauren in Hawaii some chain lube and a brush. I had told her back when she purchased her bike that she would have to maintain her chain and i just knew that wasn’t happening. Well a day before she received the package she called me and said her bike was squeaking. Her chain was the culprit so I ordered her an o-ring chain from Rocky Mountain ATV. The sales person at RMATV said they manufactured there own brand “Primary Drive”. He said there chains had a higher tensile strength then the DID chains used. He told me they had five stars so I bought one, along with a master link chain press and had it sent to Lauren.
    Have any of you had any experience with the brand Primary Drive?
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    I doubt it. I was more than pleased to find that my 2016 CRF came with a O-ring chain...
    Quote Originally Posted by SportsterDoc View Post
    Do the 2018 models have o-ring chain?

    Yamaha only lists "chain" in the specs on-line, but that is the same on the XT250, which comes with o-ring chain.

    https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/du...t/models/tw200

    2018 XT250 0-ring chain.JPG
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    Here is an x-ring chain that will have to be cut to fit but that is simple enough to do.

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