More puzzlement about master links: My preference is to remove the clip-style master link when I remove the rear wheel. For me, it just makes it easier to break the chain rather than loosen and muck about with the chain tensioner and it makes it easier to put the wheel back without the need of readjusting the chain. Also, I like to monitor the wear on the master link pins and regrease it. My puzzlement comes from my difficulty in ordering or buying the correct 525 master link for the Hima OEM chain. No one really knows how to identify it. Before my last trip, I went to my Hima dealer and tried to buy a couple, and was told that "the master link comes with a new chain". Then, I walked in off the street with my link in hand at my local no-brand motorcycle shop and went home with a link that turned out to be 2mm too large (pin diameter). This has happened twice. But further to that, twice now, I have bought spring clip master links that are impossible to assemble. In both cases, the removable outer plate will not go onto the pins far enough to allow the spring clip to be installed. In both cases, the pins had a step that prevented the "assembly without tools" of the link. With the latest one, I even tried to press the plate onto the pins using a vise and moderate pressure, but it does not fit. WTF?? I have succeeded once in ordering a new clip online that worked. But this time, I ended up using the new spring clip from the link that does not fit (and cannot be assembled) on the previous link, since that seems to be the critical part.