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Is there a benefit to belt driven motorcycles?

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 ...
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Motorcyle Chain needs to be cleaned every time you lube it?

No, don't oil the chain with gear oil. Good motorcycle chain lubes are offered in a spray can and are thixotropic, i.e. have a time-dependent shear thinning property. When you agitate a thixotropic ...
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Motorcyle Chain needs to be cleaned every time you lube it?

My last chain lasted over 40k miles on a 955cc heavy sport-tourer. An O-Ring chain already has lubed pivots for life. All you need to lube is the rollers, the part that touches the sprocket. Spray ...
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Motorbike rear wheel hub reassembly

Take the hard rubber pieces out of the sprocket assembly and put them in the hub. Note that they can only be installed one way. It does not matter if you install them in different locations in the hub....
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Is there a benefit to belt driven motorcycles?

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 ...
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How do the chain adjustment nuts on the swing-arms of a motorcycle work?

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 ...
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how to clean rust on chain (motorbike)?

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 ...
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Motorbike chain tight when in gear pushed forward but loose when rolled backward

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 ...
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How does one use a chain press to remove a motorcycle chain?

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 ...
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Motorcycle chain degreasing

I personally prefer citrus-based cleaner. I had used Park Tools bicycle chain cleaner, because I had it laying around, and it works great, although expensive. I plan on buying generic cleaner in large ...
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Motorcyle Chain needs to be cleaned every time you lube it?

If you put fresh oil on top of dirt then the fresh oil will carry dirt into the joints of the chain and that will accelerate wear. Clean it and lubricate it. Chain lube tends to be designed to "stick"...
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Why don't motorbikes have chain covers?

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 ...
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Duke 390 Tyre rotation problem

It sounds as though the rear-end is too tight. There is a straight rod which runs through the back of the bike which holds the rear-end together. You can see it in the circled in this picture: If ...
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Motorcycle chain degreasing

If we are talking street applications, then use an o-ring chain, which means 'degreasing' is unnecessary, just cleaning. I have never changed chains at less than 20,000 mile intervals, with one change ...
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Motorcycle Maintenance Tasks - Please Provide a List of Actions

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 ...
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How do the chain adjustment nuts on the swing-arms of a motorcycle work?

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 ...
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Is there a benefit to belt driven motorcycles?

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 ...
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1994 Suzuki GSX600FR Katana - How do I know if motorcycle chain & sprocket need replacement?

tommyo is correct. that is generally the rule of thumb when it comes to replacing your chain. just place your motorcycle in its center stand then gently pull it away from the back sprocket between ...
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1994 Suzuki GSX600FR Katana - How do I know if motorcycle chain & sprocket need replacement?

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 ...
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Motorcycle: stiff chain links - able to repair?

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 ...
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Chain Tightening Guidance

@marc covers the adjustment process well. However, uneven tension is a sign of wear, and can be a cause for chain replacement. Every chain driven bike has a maximum chain slack, and a minimum. Chain ...
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Chain Tightening Guidance

It is common for a chain to be tighter in certain spots than others, owing to some slight eccentricity of the sprockets. The generally accepted practice is to adjust chain tension relative to the ...
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Motorcycle chain degreasing

My perspective comes from the bicycle community. I admit there is a size and expense difference but I believe the principles are the same. The best longest lasting lubricant is the stuff the factory ...
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Motorbike rear wheel hub reassembly

I know this doesn't relate to the reassembly process, that's been covered in the other answer by Paul. However most of the time, the rear sprocket is not physically attached to the wheel. They are two ...
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Motorcycle chain adjustment problem: slack changes by itself

I am not a motorcycle guy however I do work on a lot of bicycles. I would bet your sprockets are worn and likely the chain also. Not only are they worn but worn unevenly. You essentially have an egg(...
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How do I re-rivet a chain pin (with a chain breaker tool)?

I would recommend taking a link off the chain and using a master link (pictured below). This is typically a link with a removable plate and is commonly used to reconnect chains that have been broken. ...
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Design logic of the oil dispensing can's extra long spout which has no nozzle plug?

There's two things here: The metal can is more durable Either will work just fine for your stated purpose As far as the length of the metal tube, it's designed to get into tight places. It's used to ...
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Timing chain slack between cam sprocket and upper guide, but rock hard between crank and lower guide?

Oil pump is going to have nothing to do with it since the chain does not drive the pump nor visa-versa. The pump runs directly off the crankshaft. Thinking about it, I'd bet there is no problem. I'm ...
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Should I replace the chain link if I overpressed the link's plate?

I'm not sure what the consequences of a chain failure are on a motorcycle, but at least on a bicycle (having experienced a chain failure on a bicycle), it's not nice to have your chain to fail! It ...
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