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Old 01-29-2009, 04:31 PM   #1
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Hi, What is the 800 gs chain size?? I would like to bring a spare for one i'm renting. What brand does BMW use ?? Would a DID work ??? I have a 520 and 525 hanging around
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:50 PM   #2
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525 116 links , bmw use a cz chain. DID x ring

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Hi, What is the 800 gs chain size?? I would like to bring a spare for one i'm renting. What brand does BMW use ?? Would a DID work ??? I have a 520 and 525 hanging around
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:09 PM   #3
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how long are you renting it for? the odds of it failing are slim. Are you carrying all the other, more likely spare parts too?
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:36 AM   #4
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+1 on the likelyhood of that chain failing. it's so rare... it'd be like carrying a spare rear wheel. unless of course you're attempting to put 10k miles on her. if you're REALLY that worried, carrying some extra links and a chain tool would be the most i'd go.



+1 on the DID x-ring. good for 15k. most excellent chain.
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:20 AM   #5
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Hi, What is the 800 gs chain size?? I would like to bring a spare for one i'm renting.
You must have heard about the chain/sprocket failure & recall. If you can get the VIN of the rental bike, any BMW dealer can check to see if it's in the effected group.

See -http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls...rue&refurl=rss

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Old 01-30-2009, 03:33 PM   #6
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So this D.I.D. 525 VM2 Gold X-Ring Sealed (116 links) would work?

http://www.sprocketcenter.com/p/1037...led-chain.html
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:42 PM   #7
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WTF is with BMW anyway? I mean, are the simply unable to build a final drive system that's reliable? Shaft or chain. What boneheads.
The BMW F800GS chain drive has proven flawless so far. The few (and I mean 1 or 2) cases of failure on the F800GS are from bad chain maintenance (user error). i.e. loose chain, which caused the chain to jump on the sprocket. This would tear apart a chain on any bike.

The V-Stroms have just as many problems as the BMW's as the KTM's as the Kawasaki's........

On the DL650 and DL1000 I've heard of the ABS failing, Swingarms not lubed from the factory, Fuel Injection/Engine Management problems, etc. No different than any other bike.

A lot of us just choose a BMW F800GS because they ship with higher quality parts (better suspension - Sachs and Marzocchi, Rotax engine, Brembo brakes, better ground clearance, etc.), are far more reliable, and they're more fun to ride and more capable than a V-Strom!!
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:22 AM   #8
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+1 on the likelyhood of that chain failing. it's so rare... it'd be like carrying a spare rear wheel. unless of course you're attempting to put 10k miles on her. if you're REALLY that worried, carrying some extra links and a chain tool would be the most i'd go.



+1 on the DID x-ring. good for 15k. most excellent chain.
That's all I plan on taking... I'm not sure how many miles are on the rental or how well it's been taken care of, I did let them know I will be putting 5k miles on it. Did I forget to mention that I'll be in remote areas of South Africa??
And what other spares do you think I should take besides tire tubes ? When I travel on my bikes afar I take throttle/brake cables, all sensors that do not have a fail-safe mode etc. BUT I don't want to buy all kinds of thing for a bike I don't even own..
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