F800GS Chain Failures

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by gsrichie, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. gsrichie

    gsrichie Adventum RC

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    Hi was just wanting to see if any of you boys & girls over the pond had any problems with your chains failing. So far we have had about 22 failures that are recorded on the site below:

    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php?t=195682

    all the best you beasts

    :freaky
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  2. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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  3. Bigem

    Bigem Long timer

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    I have not heard of any in Australia yet. Its a worry! I might throw a DID on mine before my next big trip(3 weeks) to be on the safe side. I don't mind having minor problems but this sort of thing would fuck my trip!!

    :cry:cry:cry
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  4. ardbeglily

    ardbeglily Been here awhile

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    I was at the BMWMOA Rally in Tennessee and saw that the stunt rider had a problem with the chain on his 800. On closer inspection it looked like he shredded the front sprocket but I could not get a real close look at the chain. Mind you he was giving that thing dog's abuse. It looked like the stock chain.:freaky
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  5. Ron Wardman

    Ron Wardman Beemerguy

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    14,500 miles on the original chain, adjusted it once.
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  6. markymcd

    markymcd Been here awhile

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    just went in for the 20K service. chain and sprocket are toast. don't know if that's good or bad.
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  7. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    I would be happy as a dog w/ two dicks to get 20K from a chain and sprocket.
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  8. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    He is probably talking 20K in Kms.

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  9. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    12,428 miles. Maybe happy as a dog w/ only one dick.
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  10. markymcd

    markymcd Been here awhile

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    yes. that's Kilometres... ya i know, i hate em too.

    whenever i went in for service they put this thick shit grease on the chain instead of wax lube. that stuff sucks!!
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  11. dcstrom

    dcstrom Long timer

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    Wouldn't have been the stock chain - did you noteice the size of the rear sprocket? Chain would have had to have been 20 links longer than stock.

    Trevor
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  12. lawe

    lawe lawe

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    I've put 10K km on my F8 with the stock chain and adjusted the chain a little for the first time today. I did a thorough inspecition and all links are in perfect condition. I must have got a chain from a good batch...
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  13. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    I replaced mine as a pre emptive strike. When I took the breaker to the piece of....ah, I mean CZ chain, it broke effortlessly. Like butta.
    Not reassuring.
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  14. Bigem

    Bigem Long timer

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    Thats the shit that worries me!! The bastards should be hard to break!! I'm going to rip the TKC(shit tyre in my personal opinion) off the arse end on Friday and throw a Heidenau on, might as well throw a new chain(DID/RK) at it as well.
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  15. huckleberry

    huckleberry BACK ROAD BOMBER

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    I put a 16 tooth sprocket on the 658 and noticed that the outside of the 17 was heavily rubbed by the chain, and now have a fair amount of mileage on the 16 and have noticed no wear like on the 17. Could it be that the cs sprockets aren't getting pushed on all the way and causing the chain to try to run up on top which would be causing the damage to it?perhaps everyone should have a look at this. i also noticed when i put the 16 on that the washer wasn't centered the first time so i loosened the bolt and the washed then seemed to fit over the end of the shaft,could this also be part of the problem?
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  16. Bigem

    Bigem Long timer

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    Thats definitely a possibility. I will have a look at mine now that you have mentioned it.
    My chain looks and feels fine. Closer inspection is needed I reckon. I got quoted $230 for a replacement RK chain for fuck sake??
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  17. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Its just junk, no other reason.
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  18. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    What are the specs for a replacement? I've always been fond of DID chains so I may just preemptively put one on my bike when I get it.
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  19. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    I did that. I went with a RK XSO, the chain is a 525 116 link if I remember corectly.
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  20. DolphinJohn

    DolphinJohn Caveman

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    If one was about to head out to do a good chunk of the TAT, say out to the Moab area, would one be advised to change out the OEM chain beforehand?
    One is scheduled to leave on the 23rd of Aug.
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