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Old 07-22-2013, 08:57 PM   #1
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Can you ever go back to a chain bike, after getting the shaft?

I love looking at Ducati's, KTM's and Harleys and I dream that a second bike would be nice.
But I can't stand the thought of touching, lubing or adjusting a chain/belt ever again.
And I lose all desire, for all the above.
Is it just me?

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Old 07-22-2013, 09:18 PM   #2
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It's not just you. My eyes wander and I ooh and I aah, and then I see the chain and I make a raspberry. Perhaps I'm just too lazy to properly maintain a chain...
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:21 PM   #3
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I tried. Didn't like the mess
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:51 PM   #4
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no never again
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:52 PM   #5
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I love my R1200GSA, but I long for a lighter bike, like the F800GS. If only it had a shaft it would be a no brainer for me to switch. Or I could just not be so lazy.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:23 PM   #6
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Sounds like a bunch of Nancy Pants' here. Chains these days need to be cleaned mainly. Spray with chain cleaner before you wash your bike... oops forgot this is the GS forum, we don't wash them... Ok I'm with you guys!

But really.. A properly adjusted chain doesn't need adjusting ALL the time, and the clean/lube process is less than 5 min. Meanwhile I own shaft drive only so I'll shut up now.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:29 PM   #7
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Love my Shaft drive bikes but I enjoy my DR650 for it's simplicity, one being the chain drive.

No guessing about what's going on inside the Final Drive, no U-Joints, Splines or Pivot Bearings.

Completed a 9000 mile loop thru Mexico and only adjusted chain once (1).

I use PJ1 Blue Lable Clear Chain Lube and apply every evening when I stop while chain is still warm.

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Old 07-23-2013, 03:40 AM   #8
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Chains are simple and reliable. I don't mind them at all.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:17 AM   #9
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I had 2 GS, 1150 and a 1200..also with shaftdrive:GTR1400, between all them and 4 bikes since I've had chain drive...
Initially I thought, oh...the mess, the adjustment...the replacement...

But...l rarely needed to adjust, currently done 20,000kms on a Duke690,adjusted maybe 3 or 4 times, pisseasy...Lubed around each 500km...takes all of 2 minutes...biggest drama I have is having to shake the lube dull
As for real sign of wear on my this rate I may see them thru to 35-40,000km? Doubt I'll have the same bike by then....
Doing RTW thru dirt,water,sand etc its sure to be a different story,havent heard too many ,if any ,complaints in any RTW ride reports..

Get over it, its not that hard and enjoy the thrill of a new bike you'll most certainly enjoy...
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:28 AM   #10
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You guys are nuts. A well-executed shaft drive system has some advantages over a chain. Several disadvantages too. "Which one is better" is a legitimate discussion. The BMW shaft drive system, with its inherent flaws and unreliablilties, is an absolute embarrassment. Saying it is superior to a chain drive is laughable.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:33 AM   #11
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You guys are pussys. "Oooh I got chain lube in my fingernails."

Shafts are fine, chains are fine. Both make the bike go just fine until they break.
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:49 AM   #12
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I don't mind either, but I have to admit I dislike the mess of chains!

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Old 07-23-2013, 06:50 AM   #13
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I don't mind a chain on a cheap bike or a fast bike, but on a workhorse it's annoying. I have 13000 miles on my GSA right now since I bought it last year. When I had 13000 miles on my Versys I was already looking at a new chain, and if you're going to do that, you might as well have new sprockets too. I religiously cleaned, greased and adjusted my chain with proper products as per the manual. I still had sharktooth sprockets and an internally rusty chain. Granted, this was an outside bike in Houston, but still.... No such issues on my bmw. I just change my final drive oil whenever I change the engine oil (which I do twice as often as the manual says because it's an outside bike in the desert)
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:58 AM   #14
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Nope; tried it and didn't stay ...
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:07 AM   #15
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Properly lubed chains make no mess! Yes I own a chain drive bike. It has it's place.
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