Can you ever go back to a chain bike, after getting the shaft?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Poway, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. Poway

    Poway SHED (Shit Head)

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    ADV,
    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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  2. Farkleberry

    Farkleberry Been here awhile

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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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  3. hammick

    hammick Long timer

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    I tried. Didn't like the mess
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  4. fabiox

    fabiox Been here awhile

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    no never again :evil:evil:evil:evil
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  5. rhino1987

    rhino1987 Adventurer

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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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  6. Girthy Knobkers

    Girthy Knobkers Running on reserve

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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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  7. holckster

    holckster dougholck

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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.
    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/14/71/988/12509/ITEM/PJ1-Blue-Label-Chain-Lube.aspx

    Never say NEVER or you might miss out on riding some great bikes.
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  8. bracky72

    bracky72 Long timer

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    Chains are simple and reliable. I don't mind them at all.
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  9. HyperPete

    HyperPete Been here awhile

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    I had 2 GS, 1150 and a 1200..also with shaftdrive:GTR1400,Z1300...in between all them and 4 bikes since I've had chain drive...
    Initially I thought, oh...the mess, the adjustment...the replacement...:huh

    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 spraycan...so dull:lol3:lol3
    As for replacement...no real sign of wear on my 690...at 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:D and enjoy the thrill of a new bike you'll most certainly enjoy...
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  10. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore Long timer

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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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  11. tkent02

    tkent02 Long timer

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    You guys are pussys. "Oooh I got chain lube in my fingernails.":rofl

    Shafts are fine, chains are fine. Both make the bike go just fine until they break.
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  12. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    I don't mind either, but I have to admit I dislike the mess of chains!

    Jim :brow
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  13. Snarky

    Snarky Vodka Infused.

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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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  14. mefly2

    mefly2 Long timer

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    Nope; tried it and didn't stay ...
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  15. Kyle B

    Kyle B "Dirty Jobs"

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    Properly lubed chains make no mess! Yes I own a chain drive bike. It has it's place.:muutt
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  16. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    Just ask those folks at Otis Elevator Company:

    They promise you the elevator but give you the shaft!:rofl

    Good enough for me!:clap
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  17. txbear55

    txbear55 Been here awhile

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    Some may argue, but high quality, modern o-ring chains need minimal maintenance. They are internally lubed (O-rings keep lube in and dirt out). May want to spray a little WD 40 for external rust prevention, but no need for a goopy mess. I have 5k miles on my chain...sprockets look fine, no binding of links, etc. No lube used yet and I expect to change at 15K miles. YMMV
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  18. Twinz

    Twinz Been here awhile

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    All my bikes prior to my aprilia were shafties...love to just forget about the back end of the bike! Although my Futura's chain needs to be cleaned occasionally (but more often on a trip), I like knowing that my bike is in really good shape...and that it's lighter and faster than your shafty beemers! I also have to say that in over 150k miles on my beemers, I never had to do anything to my final drive whereas, every 15k miles or so I have to spend $200 on sprockets and a chain - and install them requiring the one-time expense of a chain tool. So a chain drive is more expensive and requires more attention than a shaft rear end (maybe not the new BMW ones though!)...I must be a glutton for punishment but I'm willing to take that on for the wonderful bike that I have (BMW dropped the ball on the follow-up to the R1150RS...that ST is butt ugly and where is its replacement!?).
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  19. JimVonBaden

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    I must never have learned how to do it then. I can't get away from dirty hands, lube on the ground, and when riding lube on the wheel.

    Jim :brow
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  20. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    It depends on the chain. Had 4 shaft drive bikes before my last chain drive bike - Multi 12 - and the chain on that was dire. Made from old Fiat X19's. No matter what i tried i couldn't keep the thing from rusting.
    Now back on a shaftie and loving the lack of hassle.
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