Anyone make motorcycle Tire chains?

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  1. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    Anyone ever make winter motorcycle tire chains for thier bikes? Post a picture please and some info.
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  3. hdpusher

    hdpusher Lunch box repairman

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    asphaltmueller Those are awesome. Way better than the one we've made from old drive chains and cable.
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  6. mikesova

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    I really like the simplicity of making those, so I stopped at the hardware store on the way home from work and bought some supplies to try it out.

    After about 10 minutes, I had this:

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    I didn't rivet the strap to the cam buckle, I just used safety pins to mock it up. To do it like Allgo did, you would need 8 sets of this for each wheel. I made this one for the rear, however, if I was making a whole set, I would probably shorten the chain portion. In the picture, the chain is about 8", but that leaves some of the chain on the sidewall, which probably isn't necessary. For the record, this was on a D606.

    Here is a breakdown of what I (would) have into 1/8 of a set.

    (1) cam buckle- $1.49ea.
    (1.25") 1" nylon webbing- $.29 per foot
    (2) D-Rings -$.50 ea.
    (6") twisted 3/8'' chain - $2.29 per foot

    So, about 4 bucks per "chain"

    However, this setup isn't using the vbar snow chain, this is just regular chain. I don't think the regular chain would be very helpful on my rear, though, since the chain sits lower in the tire than the knobs.

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    It would also be nice if the cam buckles would fit between my spokes, but they don't very well, so they would have to be offset more on the side of the rim. This probably wouldn't be too big of a deal, since with the chains, one would be riding at slow speed and you could balance them out by having 4 favoring one side and 4 favoring the other.

    The regular twisted chain that I have, may work ok on my front, since it does stick out slightly more than the knobs.

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    For the chain, I did find this set of ATV vbar snow chains for 20$ shipped, which seems pretty reasonable, if they will stick out beyond the knobs enough to catch.
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  8. bomber60015

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    Old timers used to wind 1/2 manilla rope around their Model A wheels, eventually circling the entire wheel/tire . . . .

    it worked well, and would self-uninstall when dry pavement was hit ;-}
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  9. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    I would mainly like mine to help with traction so I could ride snow covered single track and possibly play on the ice.
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  11. gervais

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    on the center picture,i think it is an BMW GS,where do you find these snow chain?
    they looked no1 for me.
    thanks
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  12. MrPulldown

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    You can buy bigger twisted link chain. You can also find used chains with V bar cross links off of craigslist used for cheap. Though right now is the "HOT" season for used tire chains.
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  13. jon_l

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    Mikesova - those D rings look weak, as they aren't welded on the flat side where the ends meet. Are you confident that they won't pull open? A tire chain flung off while moving could be dangerous, especially if into your drive chain.
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  14. MiteyF

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    I got about 75% of the way through making a set out of old car chains last winter... then it never snowed (WA) and I never got to try them. Then this summer I moved to MI and figured I should finish them, only to find out it's illegal in MI to use chains OR studded tires, as if there's any possible way to do MORE damage to the bullshit that passes as "roads" here

    So as of now, I've got a front and 1/2 a rear chain sitting in a case in the garage. Guess that's one more welding project to add to the list of shit-to-do this long cold winter!

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  15. trailer Rails

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    Grip studs, just select your size and be done with it.
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  16. MiteyF

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    Very expensive, and now your tires are snow-only. If you want to swap between regular tires and snow, you will now have to either change your tires, or have an extra set of wheels. If you ride in the snow a LOT, they're obviously the best option, and outperform chains by a LONG shot. However, for 99% of riders, it doesn't make all that much sense.
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  17. trailer Rails

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    The original poster did not state what the bikes use was. If it is off pavement only, then there is no reason he can't run the big studs. Grip studs also make small car like studs that should be ok on pavement. The studs screw in AND out, so they could be removed. I used to live in the mountains of Colorado where running studded tires on the street for 6 months of the year would have been fine.
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