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Old 01-25-2009, 11:56 AM   #61
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I have 65k on my '00 1200. I'm on my fourth chain. Stocker lasted 16k. Next three were DID ZVM X-ring. Second chain lasted 24k, but probably should have been changed 4k earlier. It was pretty gnarly by the time I replaced it. Third lasted 20k. I put the fourth on at 60 k. My chain maintenance consists of spraying with WD-40 and wiping off with a rag about every 300 miles. YMMV.

As far as tires, I'm on my 12th set: Stock B'stone BT54, one set of Continental Contiforce, three sets of Dunlop 207, two sets of Metzeler Z4, three sets of Dunlop 220, currently on my second set of Continental Road Attacks. The Road Attacks are the best yet. 7.5k on the rear, close to 10k on the front. Again, YMMV.
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:08 PM   #62
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I have never had a rear tire last longer than 4200 miles on this bike- and I run sport touring rubber Bridgestone 020's ( a bunch) but will now have to find something else because they don't make them anymore.
They make 021 though, as it's replacement, and it's supposedly much better
being dual compound, and should last even longer. The 020 was already
known for it's rather long life span. I've still got the 1st set of 020s on my
ER6F after 22k kms, but it's a mediocre tire at best.
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:10 PM   #63
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My chain maintenance consists of spraying with WD-40 and wiping off with a rag about every 300 miles. YMMV.Again, YMMV.
You ARE aware that the WD40 is a degreaser?
You're keeping your chain clean, but also bone dry this way.
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:58 PM   #64
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You ARE aware that the WD40 is a degreaser?
You're keeping your chain clean, but also bone dry this way.



The man is getting an average of 16k+ miles out of a chain on a 100hp+ bike with WD40, I'd say it's working for him.
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Old 01-25-2009, 04:30 PM   #65
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My '08 Bandit... 'Haven't managed more than a 3.5hr trip, but hope to change that this season..

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Old 01-25-2009, 04:39 PM   #66
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As far as tires, I'm on my 12th set: Stock B'stone BT54, one set of Continental Contiforce, three sets of Dunlop 207, two sets of Metzeler Z4, three sets of Dunlop 220, currently on my second set of Continental Road Attacks. The Road Attacks are the best yet. 7.5k on the rear, close to 10k on the front. Again, YMMV.
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Old 01-25-2009, 05:47 PM   #67
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I put 7000 miles on my 07 Bandita last summer, riding all over the Northwest.
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:27 PM   #68
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Lower fairing and bags...I like the look!

If you don't mind me asking...How much $$ for the total kit?


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My '08 Bandit... 'Haven't managed more than a 3.5hr trip, but hope to change that this season..

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Old 01-26-2009, 12:09 AM   #69
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The man is getting an average of 16k+ miles out of a chain on a 100hp+ bike with WD40, I'd say it's working for him.
I'd say he could get 2-4k more, but also think that keeping it clean is
more important then lubing it, and not a good idea to lube a dirty chain
(even from my cycling experience).
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:00 AM   #70
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The man is getting an average of 16k+ miles out of a chain on a 100hp+ bike with WD40, I'd say it's working for him.
I never heard of anyone lubing a motorcycle chain with WD40! Always a first for everything.

"WD-40 protects metal from rust and corrosion, penetrates stuck parts, displaces moisture, and lubricates just about anything. WD-40 is also great when it comes to cleaning grease, grime, and other marks from most surfaces." -- WD40 website
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:13 AM   #71
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I never heard of anyone lubing a motorcycle chain with WD40! Always a first for everything.

"WD-40 protects metal from rust and corrosion, penetrates stuck parts, displaces moisture, and lubricates just about anything. WD-40 is also great when it comes to cleaning grease, grime, and other marks from most surfaces." -- WD40 website
Lubricates "just about anything" does not include the rubber 0-ring seals in the chain. The stuff attacks rubber and plastic. And yes...once it penetrates past the 0-rings it will disolve the grease sealed inside effectively ruining your chain.

It is a great cleaner. It will protect from rust and displace water. It WILL lubricate stuff, but for about 15 minutes before it is gone.
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:41 AM   #72
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Lubricates "just about anything" does not include the rubber 0-ring seals in the chain. The stuff attacks rubber and plastic. And yes...once it penetrates past the 0-rings it will disolve the grease sealed inside effectively ruining your chain.

It is a great cleaner. It will protect from rust and displace water. It WILL lubricate stuff, but for about 15 minutes before it is gone.
Exactly.
It will clean and displace water, and keeping the chain clean will keep it
running a long time itself, but add lube, and you get bonus miles.
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:26 AM   #73
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Lubricates "just about anything" does not include the rubber 0-ring seals in the chain. The stuff attacks rubber and plastic. And yes...once it penetrates past the 0-rings it will disolve the grease sealed inside effectively ruining your chain.

It is a great cleaner. It will protect from rust and displace water. It WILL lubricate stuff, but for about 15 minutes before it is gone.
That is what I was thinking would happen. I think it best to keep to chain lube spec. for bikes or heavy motor oil to lube the chain.
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:26 PM   #74
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Nice look with the fairing lowers...I would like to see a few more pics, and opinions of them when you get a second. Are they functional at all for wind protection??

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Old 01-26-2009, 06:04 PM   #75
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That is what I was thinking would happen. I think it best to keep to chain lube spec. for bikes or heavy motor oil to lube the chain.
I really REALLY like Maxima chain wax. I spray it on a hot chain and then wipe off the excess.

NO fling off whatsoever. Chain stays clean and resists grit. The waxy substance protects the O-ring seals. Water literally beads on the chain.

I used to use PJ black and the stuff got everywhere, no matter how much I was careful to apply it sparingly and wipe off excess.
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