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BMW maintenance free self lube chain

Discussion in 'Australia' started by AUSSIEADV, Aug 31, 2020.

  1. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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  2. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Yeah its been a buz on the net, Im really not seeing as much more than already available good quality oring or xring, I must be missing something, chain life will tell

    but is there really any point unless sprockets are also made to last as long ?
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  3. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    Its a balancing act mate. Ive never maintained my chains. False economy as far as im concerned.

    I run steel sprockets from AliExpress.
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  4. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    The roller has a coating of industrial diamond

    Doesn't wear off, but also a lower friction coefficient

    So maybe quieter

    Don't see chain maintenance to be a huge task, but probably a good innovation - although expensive ...
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  5. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    pretty much the same, clean it when I clean the bike, add some lube occasionally, replace it all when its worn, only ever buy average price components, never bought an xring or a fancy sprocket in my life

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  6. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    Geez about $500 AUD. If you got 4-5 times the life out of the chain then youd break even with 4-5 DID chains. Then theres the question of sprockets. Do they have sprockets that can assist in maintaining that longevity?
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  7. Dave Ward

    Dave Ward I don't even know where the box is.

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    Just wait, it won't be long before TouraWank brings out an even better, and far more expensive, chain that is sealed by something like whale foreskin and will last just a little bit longer....
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  8. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    The target application is probably big bikes touring

    10,000km round trips - no worries about chain maintenance / replacement
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  9. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Like a maint free shaft drive :lol3
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  10. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Structural Failure

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    Know a BMW fanatic who won't hear a bad word against shafties. His stock argument is a shaft will last 100,000 klm on average and cost around $1500 to replace if ya do it ya self. How many chains and sprockets have you changed in that time :gerg

    Of course he doesn't want to talk about the final drive explosions. Or that you can generally find another chain in most places if it brakes of fix it with a file and a joining link or two...unlike my other buddies RT that shat it's rear end and BMW wanted almost $3K to fix it with a 6 mnth wait for the parts. He found a 2nd hand shaft (hand grenade) and sold it.
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  11. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    You clean and lube your chain every day!!!
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  12. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Over 30,000 klms on the EK X ring chain and OEM steel sprockets on the 500X. Never adjusted after fitting and sprockets and chain showing no real signs of wear. Yeah, I know, little power so why would it wear out.
    Same reason it was still on original front disc pads and just changed rears.
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  13. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Hows your scrambler tyres going

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    Front wearing fairly quickly, rear is wearing a lot better than I thought it could. Hate to know what it would do to a pair of TKC80s.
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    How are the Pirelli Scorpion Rally going?
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    flinders_72 Long timer

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    Sounds just like BMW's usual modus operandi, ie, wanting to do things their own way, which isn't necessarily a better way, so they can charge you more.
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    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    I think the STR’s would be one of the best large scrambler bike true scrambler tyre you could get

    they seem to be an excellent balance of rd wet or dry, handling, wear, dry dirt, obviously mud isnt their thing, even wet dirt on front you’d want to know where the limit is as I think a TKC might bite in a touch better. The rear would be getting nearly twice the wear of a TKC, front too early to tell
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  18. farqhuar

    farqhuar Human guinea pig

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    I sold my GSX1400 back in 2007 with 67,000km on the clock. At that stage I had used one complete notch of chain adjustment with a further 7 still to go. The bike had a fairly hard life, I'd taken it to both the local drags (Heathcote) and track (P.I.) a number of times, as well as daily trafiic light grand prixes. I reckon the chain and sprockets would have easily lasted 100,000 km, so I don't see what BMW is crowing about.

    On the flipside of the coin, I've just put a new O-ring chain on my Bandit 1250. It cost me $48 on eBay, which compares very favourably with the $150 non O-ring chain BMW sold me for my Sertao 5 years back to replace the original chain, which lasted around 20k km and stranded me overnight midway between Innamincka and Tibooburra, when it jumped the sprockets.
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  19. Dr AT

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    Diamond coated chains? Brought to you by the company that talks about " maintenance comfort" :deal

    Nb there is nothing in that article claiming longer chain life. Just " maintenance comfort" . :hmmmmm I guess bending over to lube a chain might be a bit uncomfortable for bmw riders.
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  20. Russ

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