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Old 10-27-2012, 04:30 AM   #31
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What happens to the sprockets when they get hot?? I guess you have never owned a bike with a primary drive chain. GH
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:09 AM   #32
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Yes, a Norton Commando 750 was my daily rider, as a matter of fact.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:15 PM   #33
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Yes, a Norton Commando 750 was my daily rider, as a matter of fact.
Small world! I had a Combat Commando. I think in 1972. I remember nothing about adjusting the primary chain. If you don't believe a hot chain gets tight try properly adjusting a chainsaw chain and using it without oil. GH
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:28 PM   #34
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A properly lubricated and tensioned motorcycle chain, be it a three row primary or a single row drive chain,
won't be creating any drama. You can touch both the chain and sprocket after a hard run and not have any
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:40 PM   #35
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I'm fairly confident that my F800 chain is slacker when hot than when cold.

In fact, I'd bet beers on it. Only slightly slacker, but slacker none the less.

I always re-lube it while it's hot, as the cooling effect will in theory suck the lube into the links a little further than it would otherwise penetrate.

It gets pretty warm to the touch, but I wouldn't describe it as technically "hot".

I'll put my laser thermometer on it next ride and see.

But I would be so bold as to suggest the "hot chain" argument is much ado about nothing.
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:14 AM   #36
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Small world! I had a Combat Commando. I think in 1972. I remember nothing about adjusting the primary chain. If you don't believe a hot chain gets tight try properly adjusting a chainsaw chain and using it without oil. GH
re the chain saw example, the chain gets tight because the bar gets hot and expands/lengthens. the bar is a realtively soft metal, aluminum or other alloy. this has a higher coefficent of expansion than the steel of the chain.
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