As stock chains ain't top yours's worth a price, raspberry nature.
My 2012 C5 came with an O ring chain
yeah bro ive spoken to him on the phone too. Im certainly not gonna rely on the warranty, or buy parts from him either. there seems to be other options. as for the dealers and warranty - motociclo werent at all interested in my damaged sprocket, but i am partly to blame for that and have done alot of Kms in a short space of time. i don't know about the dealers but the importer here seems disinclined to honor the warranty. i went to see him with a cracked heatshield and again with a cracked muffler and was given a point blank refusal with no explanation. very poor behaviour imho. the prices he charges for accessories and parts are also a little out of proportion. he runs a one man show from a small warehouse in melton, so his overheads can't be that high. the guys in the reoca recommend the hitchcocks for parts even though they on the other side of the planet. they express unfavourable comments about said importer. seems a shame.
I have the o-ring chain of a C5 on my electra for a good 9000 km (a bit under 6000 M) now. No complaints nor remarks. These are good.Bonus: one does not have to change the front sprocket as these o-ring chains are a tat slimmer and fit just fine.
you live and learn! It taught me a fair bit. plus i love to tinker anyway.
i replaced my oem "Indian Diamond " chain with just over 10k...It had stretched a bit and I did adjust twice over the mileage stated...It's hanging on a nail in the garage straight with no kinks and further inspection didn't show any serious wear between the links..Maybe its the lube i'm using ...My teeth look okay too..
Letter sent to RE corporate.
I lube my chain before every ride; I bought my C5 from the second owner, at about 1100 mi on the clock. How do you tell if you have the stock chain or if it is an aftermarket chain? And how do you tell if your sprockets are being damaged? Mine seem to look fine, but without experienced eyes who knows?
dougoHere is a link that gives a lot of information about chains including a drawing showing how a totally worn out chain can be pulled up off of the rear sprocket.I've never seen one that could have its link become as disengaged as the drawing shows but it shows the general idea. IMO, of the link can be pulled up off of the sprocket teeth over 1/8 inch, it is time to get rid of it.http://www.bikerenews.com/Stories_Archives/Chains.htmlActually, I don't think my chain was even that bad but when I had to adjust it 3 times in just 3000 miles to get the right amount of looseness I said to myself, "Enough! Be gone with you!"A good chain can go much further without needing adjustment to keep the right amount of chain slack.
Maybe its the lube i'm using ...My teeth look okay too..
I just picked up a new Tsubaki chain today. I've heard good things about them and it was only $60.Scottie
I've seen a few posts over time of severed fingers from letting a bike idle while cleaning or lubing the chain. It just takes one slip. Even at idle speed a turning rear wheel has a lot of momentum and whatever slips into the cogs is going to get mashed. Be careful........
Just installed a DID roller chain for $42. It is better quality then the stock Diamond. Why are some of you purchasing $150 chains? Why?
I've got a family and little enough time to ride as it is, it's just easier for me.
I must be weird, I actually enjoy doing maintenance on my bike. (Except the whole waiting parts part). I quick detail it before almost every ride and do a full detail once out twice a week. Always checking the oil, checking the chain tension and oiling, clean the carb on a fairly regular basis... I just enjoy being 1 with my bike/s. It's almost like we communicate with each other. Even when I'm out riding, I listen to what the bike has to say and I address everything that comes to my attention. So cleaning the chain and oiling it every couple weeks gives me something to do, to keep my idle hands at bay. Plus, being this obsessed helps me find problems that may have normally been over looked, like the blown intake gaskets that had me baffled as to why I couldn't tune the carb just right. Anyways. Just wanted to throw that out there.Scottie
I like working on my bike too but I'd much rather ride and I just don't have as much time as I did when I was younger. Scott
+1Same here.They have so much on their head: the commute, the job and all that. But she does the checks, and is interested in the debriefings.
Why are some of you purchasing $150 chains? Why?
Because it's my bike, and I want (and can afford) the best.
Put my new DID 530 VX chain on today!!
My son is 3 1/2 right now and the only rule now is don't touch the bike when daddy isn't there. He doesn't need the burn scars I have. He does help me wash it already