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Old 12-02-2012, 08:51 PM   #1531 (permalink)
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:21 PM   #1532 (permalink)
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New cogs and chain at 24,000 miles. I am curious how many miles other Sprint GT owners are getting out of their original chain and what maintenance rituals you follow. Mine is to clean the chain with WD40 every 750 to 1000 miles. Then let it dry out overnight and wipe it clean. Then follow with a coat of Dupont Teflon spray.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:46 AM   #1533 (permalink)
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My chain did 26,000 miles. I just wipe mine down with a rag and shoot chain lube from a rattle can onot inside of links - about every 300-400 miles. I avoid using any pentrating cleaner - such as WD40 etc..as I don't know - but suspect they might attack the rubber orings, xrings or whatever you may have.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:04 PM   #1534 (permalink)
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I am curious how many miles other Sprint GT owners are getting out of their original chain and what maintenance rituals you follow.
I'm at 48,000 kms (30,000 miles) on my factory Sprint ST chain. Chain is still OK, but starting to pick up some tight and loose spots. Rear sprocket still looks fine, but front 19 tooth sprocket is starting to show noticable wear. I'm likely good for a couple of thousand more k's, but will likley replace the set at about 50,000 kms. I'm pretty pleased with the life. I think the 19 tooth front sprocket really helps the life of the system.

I use spray chain lube at the end of every ride, usually 500-800 kms. I wipe the chain down with a solvent soaked rag every 2 months or so, and remove the front sprocket cover once or twice a year and clean both sprockets and the chain with a good solvent soak and brush. Messy, but it cleans things up well.

I use Esso Varsol 3139 solvent, which doesn't harm the o-rings. This is standard petroleum cleaning solvent, with a boiling range of 310-390 deg F (therefore the 3139 label). For chainlube, it is whatever I can find at a decent price that will fit in my tankbag. I have used Castrol, PJ-1, Bardahl, etc.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:06 AM   #1535 (permalink)
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pmackie that is similar to the life I got from my first chain on my previous '04 Sprint ST 955.

I changed sprockets and chain at around 50,000kms from memory
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:14 AM   #1536 (permalink)
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Chain Maintanance

You'all are braver than I. I have 35,000 miles (56,000km) On my bike and I am considering replacing the chain for the 2nd time. The first time was at about 18,000 miles (~29,000km) and it really needed it! When I took it of and bent it the wrong way it made more than a C where a healthy chain should make a mild (. I had a chain brake many years ago on an old Yamaha. It affected me so much that I rode nothing but BMWs for the next 25 years. The new o-ring and x-ring chains are great but I do not want to push it. Plus this time I think I and going for a bit taller gearing for improved MPG.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:24 PM   #1537 (permalink)
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Took the RS out for spin for my December ride. December 3rd and it was 46 degrees F.
That makes 22 months in a row for a ride in Minnesota. Hoping for a mild day or two in January. Thanks to Global Weirding!
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:03 AM   #1538 (permalink)
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Rode it into migrating bees which made for great road side entertainment for passes by, continued with my ride then gave it a wash when I arrived home.


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Old 12-09-2012, 10:20 AM   #1539 (permalink)
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Cold and rainy here in New England, so I gave the bike a thorough cleaning, changed the oil, and found this amusing clip. The funny guys and gals from the Russian channel Vshleme came up with the brilliant idea of poking some fun at the art of Kama Sutra by applying the teachings to motorcycle riding positions.

We get to see how you sit down and ride the different type of motorcycles such as sports bikes, choppers, scooters, touring and enduros.

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Old 12-09-2012, 01:27 PM   #1540 (permalink)
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We get to see how you sit down and ride the different type of motorcycles such as sports bikes, choppers, scooters, touring and enduros.
Allright, you got me. I had to look!

Pretty funny really. It actually made me laugh, especially the Touring position.
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