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Old 03-18-2013, 01:43 PM   #1141
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Well the chain would really be the very last thing I'd worry about
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:49 PM   #1142
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Well the chain would really be the very last thing I'd worry about
Loutre: Cut that out .........

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Seriously .... I'm w/ Loutre ... I don't think I'd worry with it...........
Master link dimensions are not standardized across brands of chain
(even of the same nominal size) and you're unlikely to find one that will fit the OEM chain, then you'd need a chain breaker to fit it anyway....
Lube it often, and inspect for wear & cracked side plates and let 'er rip!
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:18 PM   #1143
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Well the chain would really be the very last thing I'd worry about
I'd agree. chains are pretty reliable and if you take the time to inspect them when you lube them...you will likely see where and O ring has failed and watch where the wear will accelerate rapidly..in my case a couple ot thousand mile..but I lubed the failed spot daily.

Plenty of time to get a new chain

the exception if you some how get a stone or tree in it and break it

evan then in addition to the section of chain you will need a GOOD tool to press out the rivet heads so a master ling will fit in
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:50 PM   #1144
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My new to me 2010 F800GS has 20,000kms on it. I want to carry a spare master link or two and a bit of chain if needed. My question is should I get a clip type for emergency roadside repair or rivet type. Also do I have to buy a whole replacement chain? I just want to carry a short piece .
Any recommendations for a chain tool?

My apologies if this has been answered elsewhere but I did search b4 posting this

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Well, the previous answers given by the most experienced studly adventurers above have merit, but don't really answer your question.

The rumours about the BMW chains breaking were true however they no longer apply. Your 2010 is well beyond the applicability so the better chain will have been installed on yours. Yes, my original chain did break.

I carry a clip type master link as a spare. Real small and takes up no space really. The chain size is 525 which isn't as popular as the 520/530 chains commonly used on bikes. Should you break your chain and the rest of the bike survives unscathed, a local farmer could grind off a link and then use your hen's tooth 525 link to fix it. In my experience, clip type links are temporary fixes cause the clip isn't really a team player and will f off given a chance. Ask a local bike shop for an old chain or wait till yours wears out to get your spare links. It's not high on the "what if" list. Flats and running out of gas are much further up. If you read the posts here you'll be carrying a spare fuel pump, stator, wheel bearings, rear shock bolts, maybe a clutch and in your spare time, trying to find cracks in your tank. Just ride it.

C-Stain just bought the same bike and is near you. He might need a friend. NS, NB are awesome places to ride.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:17 PM   #1145
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Flats and running out of gas are much further up. If you read the posts here you'll be carrying a spare fuel pump, stator, wheel bearings, rear shock bolts, maybe a clutch and in your spare time, trying to find cracks in your tank. Just ride it.



A voice of reason........I don't ride as much as some of the inmates,

In 15,000 mi, I've worn out tires, change the oil twice and clean and lube the chain sporadicly, usually when it starts getting noisy.

I tend to ride alone, its my way to escape. I ride in some fairly untraveled areas. I try not to worry about the bike. I hope I can realize something is starting to fail before it does. I'm more concerned about ME screwing up and breaking something than the bike.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:54 PM   #1146
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this is an ADVENTURE motorcycle site, lots of studly and Knarly riders here


Just get on the bike and ride....enjoy.

In the unlikely event something goes wrong..deal with it duct tape and baling wire,,,remember it's an adventure.


or you could be a worry wart and carry every part and every tool, extra tires, gas, bandaids etc etc so the bike drives like a pig!!

have fun!!
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:59 PM   #1147
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Here is a question that I should know before shelling out all the clams for a F800....have all the problems I read about...bent shock bolts, cracked fuel tanks, weak taco rims and terrible forks been addressed and fixed by BMW with the 2013 bikes??

I already dinged my front rim and I am thinking I should check my shock mount now after surfing here a bit.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:25 PM   #1148
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Here is a question that I should know before shelling out all the clams for a F800....have all the problems I read about...bent shock bolts, cracked fuel tanks, weak taco rims and terrible forks been addressed and fixed by BMW with the 2013 bikes??

I already dinged my front rim and I am thinking I should check my shock mount now after surfing here a bit.
Have you ever heard the expression, "don't believe everything you read in the paper"? I have 38k miles and the only thing you mention that happened to me is I bent a rim when I hit a rock going about 60 mph in South America. When I got home I shipped the wheel to Seattle and got a Sun Rim. I have been on Mc's since 1972 and BMW's for about 25 years. The F800 is one of the most defect free bikes I have owned. If you play really hard things break, but you have to really work at it to do it. Or put another way if you don't occasionally break something, are you really having fun? Dave
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:27 PM   #1149
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Thanks Dave! I had the bike for 3k miles in 3 months and bent the rim Sunday I am having a blast!!
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Thanks Dave! I had the bike for 3k miles in 3 months and bent the rim Sunday I am having a blast!!
My front rim was removed, unbent, trued and has been running fine for 2 years. Winter, coffee table, tv and a few beverages. It's how we stay connected during the snow season. Don't air down so much and remember it aint a motocross. One size don't fit all.

I regret buying the spare stock rims now. Immaculate hoops a paranoid rider replaced before spontaneous catastrophic failure. Bike never seen the dirt. 600 kms........
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:35 PM   #1151
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My new to me 2010 F800GS has 20,000kms on it. I want to carry a spare master link or two and a bit of chain if needed. My question is should I get a clip type for emergency roadside repair or rivet type. Also do I have to buy a whole replacement chain? I just want to carry a short piece .

Any recommendations for a chain tool?

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Rockyse103.....if you want to carry a spare master link (clip-style) for emergency purposes, this is a good idea. I do the very same thing (for all my bikes). Buy a high quality X-ring chain in 525 size with "rivet master link". Plus a matching brand clip-style master link to put into your emergency spares pack. Keep a spare rivet link on hand too.....no valid reason not to. The F800 is a big horsepower bike, so I strongly recommend using a rivet-style master link as your primary connection.

Suggest you purchase a Motion Pro or Stockton chain rivet toolkit. These are affordable and quite handy. I have two sets....keeping one in the garage in its hard case, and the other on the bike with the tools wrapped up in a small, soft-sided nylon zipper bag. If you ever have a chain problem on the trail, you will probably need the link press tools to do the job properly.

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Old 03-27-2013, 01:58 PM   #1152
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Which oil to use? API SF to SH or Castrol Syntec BMW Longlife grade?

I have been looking here and cant find the answer, so if it is elsewhere, please let me know. Here is the thing. I change the oil in my car on a very regular basis using Castrol Synthetic. Now I have my 2012 F650GS I want to know what oil to use. According to the manual and I quote : API SF to SH 10w-40 or 15W40 weight, which is way below the stuff I use for my 328. So... please let me know your thoughts as to whether or not I need to use "motorcycle" oil or not. Don't mean to start a flame war. Just want to be educated. Thanx

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Old 03-27-2013, 02:04 PM   #1153
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Oil Thread

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

No = I dont need to use motorcycle oil
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No = I must use motorcycle oil

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Old 03-27-2013, 02:53 PM   #1155
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No = I must use motorcycle oil
You MUST use motorcycle oil because of your wet clutch.

Did you find this thread?

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=483728

"What Oil?'' is a touchy subject with 10 000 opinions. I buy a case from the BMW Dealer and I'm done.

YMMV

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