Motorcycle Chains

Motorcycle Chains

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Very few motorcycle rider’s pay attention to their motorcycle chains. Along with oil changes and tire maintenance, motorcycle chain is a crucial part of safe riding. The chain is a vital mechanical part of the motorcycle and requires proper care because its function is crucial for the smooth performance.

Here are some effective tips that will help you to know better about your motorcycle chain.

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High Performance Chain & Sprocket

High Performance Chain & Sprocket

When we think about  how to modify our motorcycle, we always think about its external appearance and performance. One thing that always remain’s un-touched by us– Chains, which is a major part for our motorcycle performance.

When we list out a few crucial parts that need maintenance, people definitely ignore chains. We should know that chains are like directors,  those who play very vital role behind the scenes to succeed the play.  An important task performed by the chain is to transform the power from the engine to the rear wheels. Without any proper maintenance it can fail to do this desired task and cripple the motorcycle.

Here we have some tips to maintain your motorcycle chain.

No matter which brand and which type of chain  you are using you should inspect the chains twice a month or after every 500-600 miles. You need to clean up and lubricate it regularly, obviously if you want to keep riding. Cleaning Chains as such is not a big task, it can be done using an old toothbrush and kerosene or WD-40. While cleaning chains don’t forget to clean the sprockets at the same time. Once done with the chains and sprockets, be sure that now they are dry before lubricating them.  You can find out the type of lubricant you should use for lubricating the chains by referring to your user manual.

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6adjustAlong with oil changes and tire maintenance, the motorcycle chain is a crucial part of safe riding. Very few motorcycle riders pay attention to their motorcycle chains. The chain is a vital mechanical part of the motorcycle and requires proper care because its function is crucial for the smooth performance. The motorcycle chain is responsible for the crucial task of transferring power from the engine to the rear wheel; thus its maintenance is equally important. It takes a little time to inspect, lubricate, and adjust a Motorcycle Chain.

Here are a few tips on how to inspect, lubricate, and adjust your motorcycle chain:

  • Grasp the chain at a point halfway between the front and rear sprockets, and pull it up and down.
  • The chain should be able to move roughly one inch up and one inch down.
  • It’s important to roll the bike forward and check all sections of the chain, because motorcycle chains can stiffen in certain spots and stay flexible in others, .
  • If it moves more than about an inch, the chain will need tightening, and if it’s too tight, loosening will be in order.
  • If individual chain links are too tight, the chain might need to be replaced.

About chain lubrication: First things first, clean the chain using kerosene, Some recommend using a degreaser or even soap and water. If you are really in a rush, rotate the rear wheel and clean small sections of the chain by spraying the cleaner you are using.

After you are done with the initial chain cleaning, take a few sheets of paper towels and wipe down the chain, then re-clean any sections that are still dirty. Then apply the chain lubricant by rotating the rear wheel so that the lubricant is uniformly applied to the chain. There are many different types of chain lubricants available in the market. Choose the best for your motorcycle chain.

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