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Old 08-01-2009, 02:30 AM   #1
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F800GS Chain Failures

Hi was just wanting to see if any of you boys & girls over the pond had any problems with your chains failing. So far we have had about 22 failures that are recorded on the site below:

http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php?t=195682

all the best you beasts

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Old 08-01-2009, 03:39 AM   #2
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Seek and ye shall find: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=427388

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Old 08-01-2009, 04:09 AM   #3
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I have not heard of any in Australia yet. Its a worry! I might throw a DID on mine before my next big trip(3 weeks) to be on the safe side. I don't mind having minor problems but this sort of thing would fuck my trip!!

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Old 08-01-2009, 04:57 AM   #4
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800GS chain

I was at the BMWMOA Rally in Tennessee and saw that the stunt rider had a problem with the chain on his 800. On closer inspection it looked like he shredded the front sprocket but I could not get a real close look at the chain. Mind you he was giving that thing dog's abuse. It looked like the stock chain.
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Old 08-01-2009, 06:32 PM   #5
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14,500 miles on the original chain, adjusted it once.
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Old 08-01-2009, 06:46 PM   #6
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just went in for the 20K service. chain and sprocket are toast. don't know if that's good or bad.
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Old 08-01-2009, 07:46 PM   #7
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just went in for the 20K service. chain and sprocket are toast. don't know if that's good or bad.
I would be happy as a dog w/ two dicks to get 20K from a chain and sprocket.
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Old 08-01-2009, 08:32 PM   #8
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He is probably talking 20K in Kms.

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Old 08-01-2009, 08:40 PM   #9
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12,428 miles. Maybe happy as a dog w/ only one dick.
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:26 AM   #10
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yes. that's Kilometres... ya i know, i hate em too.

whenever i went in for service they put this thick shit grease on the chain instead of wax lube. that stuff sucks!!
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:57 AM   #11
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I was at the BMWMOA Rally in Tennessee and saw that the stunt rider had a problem with the chain on his 800. On closer inspection it looked like he shredded the front sprocket but I could not get a real close look at the chain. Mind you he was giving that thing dog's abuse. It looked like the stock chain.
Wouldn't have been the stock chain - did you noteice the size of the rear sprocket? Chain would have had to have been 20 links longer than stock.

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Old 08-02-2009, 01:44 PM   #12
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I've put 10K km on my F8 with the stock chain and adjusted the chain a little for the first time today. I did a thorough inspecition and all links are in perfect condition. I must have got a chain from a good batch...
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Old 08-02-2009, 03:25 PM   #13
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I replaced mine as a pre emptive strike. When I took the breaker to the piece of....ah, I mean CZ chain, it broke effortlessly. Like butta.
Not reassuring.
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:46 AM   #14
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I replaced mine as a pre emptive strike. When I took the breaker to the piece of....ah, I mean CZ chain, it broke effortlessly. Like butta.
Not reassuring.
Thats the shit that worries me!! The bastards should be hard to break!! I'm going to rip the TKC(shit tyre in my personal opinion) off the arse end on Friday and throw a Heidenau on, might as well throw a new chain(DID/RK) at it as well.
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Old 08-03-2009, 06:28 AM   #15
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I put a 16 tooth sprocket on the 658 and noticed that the outside of the 17 was heavily rubbed by the chain, and now have a fair amount of mileage on the 16 and have noticed no wear like on the 17. Could it be that the cs sprockets aren't getting pushed on all the way and causing the chain to try to run up on top which would be causing the damage to it?perhaps everyone should have a look at this. i also noticed when i put the 16 on that the washer wasn't centered the first time so i loosened the bolt and the washed then seemed to fit over the end of the shaft,could this also be part of the problem?
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