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Belt vs Chain in Motorcycles It's difficult to say which one is better. Depending on the application, one can be better or not in the particular role. High horsepower applications are not the place of belts and low maintenance is not the place for chains. Applications vary and one is not necessarily better than the other overall. The role of the final ...


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A motorcycle chain is made up of several parts. This diagram gives a great overview of what those parts are: As you can tell from the picture, the chain is made up of: Outer plates Inner plates Rollers Pins (or rivets) While these look like they were made to be just together, they are actually made to be taken apart if needed. The tool shown in your ...


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Here are some reasons why some manufacturers use belts. Smoothness of the drive: The belt has the quality of putting down the torque of the engine much more smoothly and gradually than the chain counterpart, in a belt driven motorcycle you wont feel the sudden TUG when you twist the throttle.(This is the reason usually cruisers have this design and not the ...


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Adjusting the nuts on the swing arms simply changes the position of the rear sprocket, moving it closer or further away from the drive sprocket, and/or changing the alignment of the wheel. The diagram above doesn't show it, but the position of the rear sprocket (along with the whole back wheel assembly) is not fixed, but actually can move along the swing ...


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You can buy a special tool to clean the chain, it is normally circular/spiral shaped and you twist the brush as it runs along the length of the chain. http://www.jpcycles.com/product/ZZ36383 Also, you can purchase a special chain lube tool, that basically hugs the chain and has a hole to insert a straw.


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I would use something like WD40, and a soft cloth to rub the rust away. Then apply the right amount of chain lubricant and you will be good to go. You can use a brass bristle brush, provided you do it gently like this guy in the video. A toothbrush will also work. This is light surface rust and IMHO nothing to worry about too much.


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High Spot If I were to guess, you have a 'high spot' in your chain. Cause High spots have occur for a number of a reasons Ongoing poor care Low quality chain 'Clutch Dumping' which causes stretching of the chain. Water penetration of a few rollers leading to rust and inconsistent where on those rollers Remedy For now, adjust your chain to the ...


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Slack in chain isn't caused by the rear wheel/sprocket moving closer to the front sprocket. The chain stretches over time during normal use. To adjust the chain tension you loosen the axle nut and turn the adjuster bolt to allow the rear wheel to move further away from the front sprocket. I'm not sure about the bike pictured, but on my (old) bike there's ...


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This is more additional points to the above (good) answers. With cost per mile it probably depends a lot on the OE parts prices. With the old Kawasaki belt system used in the 1980s they lasted maybe 50% longer, but failed with little or no warning and cost a LOT more to replace (plus the far greater labour to change them). Belt life on Buells does not seem ...


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Your Question Motorcycle: stiff chain links - able to repair? The Answer NO, this is not really repairable. Throw it away. The reason why I say this is that the pins inside the castors or rollers are more than likely rusted together inside the chain. The danger isn't the rust, it's highly unlikely to be so bad as to weaken the chain ...


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Motorcycle Maintenance Tasks These tasks occur differently based upon the requirements of each manufacturer, find out what the intervals are for particular make/model/year. Cable lubrication - A graphite based lubricant, no oil based lubricants as they tend to have the hydrocarbons evaporate under heat and leave a sticky gummy feel to the cable and it's ...


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According to both the Chilton workshop manual and the Clymer workshop manual for Norton 750 and 850 twins, remove the chain from the motorcycle. (I temporarily connect a spare chain to the rear chain to make reinstalling the chain easier.) Lay the chain on a flat surface and compress all the links together. Measure the length of the chain and write that ...


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Chains for Scooters and Small Bikes One of the primary reasons revolves around the type of rider that purchases these bikes and their mentality toward riding. In the 1970's many riders were starting off on these vehicles and consequently were not wearing the standard safety gear that a more seasoned rider would wear. As a result scarves, pant legs, etc. ...



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