Originally Posted by ba_
What is the easiest way to remove the chain (assume I will throw the OEM one away)?
You didn't get a new one under warranty?... There is a chain recall (or service bulletin, whatever) out there.
Remove the drive sprocket, remove the rear wheel, IMHO.
Oh yeah, and replace both your sprockets whenever you do a chain replacement, better safe than sorry, worn sprockets wear out chains fast, and vise versa.