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Old 05-30-2013, 10:12 PM   #16
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Pics of sprocket???

Ok... here are two pics of my sprocket... i have almost 30,000 miles on these... i have been wondering if i need to change the chain or when to change it. I get online and read about how to check and such, but every time I check my chain it seems fine. I have looked at every single link...

Can you tell from these pictures if the sprocket is looking worn?

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photo by Okiemotorrad, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 05-31-2013, 04:23 AM   #17
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Is that your original sprocket? If not, what make is it?
Have you checked checked your countershaft sprocket?
If you have 30,000 miles on the original chain and sprocket without dramatic tight tight spots spots nor nor the need to adjust it often, you are doing something right.

You are missing a valve cap, though.
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:19 AM   #18
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30,000 km and mine was shot...

fella at the shop (not a bmw dealer) where i got a new one recons 20,000km is about right for a bike that size..




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Old 05-31-2013, 08:45 AM   #19
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A really worn sprocket can look like a saw blade. In other words they wear toward the way they get pulled. I have seen em wear in other ways like some teeth more than others. Dave
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:53 AM   #20
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This was my front sprocket at 28.000 km compared to a new one:



My new rear sprocket:

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Old 06-01-2013, 08:46 PM   #21
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fwiw I got just over 30k miles with care only about every 1 k miles.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:29 PM   #22
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Is that your original sprocket? If not, what make is it?
Have you checked checked your countershaft sprocket?
If you have 30,000 miles on the original chain and sprocket without dramatic tight tight spots spots nor nor the need to adjust it often, you are doing something right.

You are missing a valve cap, though.
I will check the countershaft sprocket... yes, my chain seems perfect and you saw the picture of my sprocket...

Every September i take a big trip and every September (after reading internet forums) i think my chain is going to bust...

I did the Utah Back Country Discovery Route... last year and will do the Colorado Back Country Discovery Route this year...

A take many trips in-between but don't worry since they are closer to home.

anyway... about the valve cap, i was changing my tire at the time.
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:19 AM   #23
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31,000 km on my first chain. Maintenance consisted of Chain Wax every 1200 to 1500 km - no cleaning. Replaced it with a DID - still wax 1200 to 1500 km and now clean with kerosene every 3000 to 4000 km. This chain has 35,000 km on it and no sign of wear. My guess is the main reason for the greater longevity of the second chain is the better quality rather than the cleaning regimin.
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:43 PM   #24
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25000 miles on my factory chain, lubed frequently, more often than 500 miles, depending on conditions with Walmart brand spray on chain lube, never cleaned once. It was well and truly shot at 25k, with links binding slightly if I rode a day or two without lubing.
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:05 PM   #25
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My guess is the main reason for the greater longevity of the second chain is the better quality rather than the cleaning regimin.
Exactly! A lot depends on your wrist as well. Having pretended to be a Motorrad Tech for 3 yrs, I can say that women get nearly twice the mileage out of tires and chains. I was really hard on my last stock CZ chain and have replaced it with a cheap EK chain at 1/3 the cost of a good DID. I plan to go easy on it and see how it lasts.

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Old 06-12-2013, 05:30 PM   #26
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I ended up just replacing it. BMW quoted me $450 including labor, but I went and purchased my own chain and sprocket set (went for a fancy gold colored chain, matches the forks now ;)) and saved about $100 (I still had them do the labor).

Feels much better now. Hopefully I'll get more mileage out of an after market.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:33 PM   #27
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Did you change both sprockets?
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:37 PM   #28
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Yep. Got a kit with chain and sprockets. Unfortunately the master link for the chain was the wrong one (Apparently I need a 525 and even though that's what I ordered it had a "520") but the shop realized it and ordered me the proper one and the sprocket dealer refunded me $8
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:31 PM   #29
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Hey guys, not trying to start an "oil thread" here but just putting in my two cents on the chain lube.

I've done over 60k miles on chain driven bikes and tried almost all the different kinds of lube... The new stuff from Dupont (Teflon Chain Saver) is really awesome. It actually does what they advertise... sheds dirt and keeps the chain smooth. If they keep this formula I'm going to stick with it
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:45 AM   #30
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Hey guys, not trying to start an "oil thread" here but just putting in my two cents on the chain lube.

I've done over 60k miles on chain driven bikes and tried almost all the different kinds of lube... The new stuff from Dupont (Teflon Chain Saver) is really awesome. It actually does what they advertise... sheds dirt and keeps the chain smooth. If they keep this formula I'm going to stick with it
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Love the stuff. Comes in a little squeeze bottle too. Perfect size for road trips.
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