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Old 07-09-2006, 1:04 PM   #1
 
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Chain broke, monkey got choked...

and they all went to heaven in a little row boat.

Fri nite I got my forks back from Dan Kyle. I was disappointed that they forgot to put my brake lines in with them. It would have so simple to change lines while I had the forks off. No one knows when the Ohlins rear shock will show. I was a bit frustrated. However the 929 had been hanging from the rafters of my basement like a slug for 12 days (not bad really). I had to ride. With the help of my beautiful assistant we had Ol Red back together in 2 shakes.

Sat afternoon after a short shakedown cruise, I took off. I must say that it feels very different. I had never ridden anything "tuned" before. So all this is new to me. Feedback; I never really felt it. I feel everything. It's weird... I swear I can feel the calipers squeezing the rotors. The front tire, even tho I was scuffing in a new one felt really stuck to the road. Ride more comfortably then before. It's not a Cadalac, but the sharpness of hitting expansion joints, etc is gone.

I was running on of my favorite roads, lot of fast sweepers. I was getting used to all the new sensations when I downshifted from 4th to third to take a 75mph right hander when I heard the awfulest nashing and crunch. I had no power to pull me thru the curve. The bike didn't want to turn. It wanted to straighten up and go straight. I wasn't in the mood to crash, so I muscled the thing over, got aroung the curve rather ungratiously and pulled over. You know, it's an odd sight to look down and not see a chain. The chainguard was popped off in front. The front sprocket cover is cracked and the left rear turnsignal lens is off. Hmmmf! My son brought the Dakota out and scooped me and the bike up.

I didn't think modern chains broke any more. I had only 13,000 miles on thet one. I clean and inspect at least once a week, usually more often. Never saw it coming. I walked up and down that hill at least 3 times. I never could
find that chain. I don't really know what let go. Looks like the 929 will be parked again until I can get another chain. Then look out!
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Re: Chain broke, monkey got choked...

Man, you're lucky it didn't crack the case, throw you on your ass, or screw up something else..

Questions ---Was this the original chain?

If not: What kind was it? Was it riveted, or connected with a master link? Who installed it? Did it break at the connection? Was there anything about the recent work you did that could have weakened it?

Thanks in advance for the info.
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Re: Chain broke, monkey got choked...

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Man, you're lucky it didn't crack the case, throw you on your ass, or screw up something else..

Questions ---Was this the original chain?

If not: What kind was it? Was it riveted, or connected with a master link? Who installed it? Did it break at the connection? Was there anything about the recent work you did that could have weakened it?

Thanks in advance for the info.
That about sums it up right there. Check over your sprockets and ensure there was no damage there. If they are worn ya might consider replacing them with your chain.
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Re: Chain broke, monkey got choked...

The chain was a DID with a rivited masterlink that I put on 11,322 miles ago. The bike has 31,047 miles in it. The first chain went 19,725. I put new sprockets on at that time also. The DID on the 919 has more miles on it than the 929 did. The masterlink looks as solid as the day it was put on. I cannot find the chain that the 929 tossed. I wish I could... I offered a local kid $5 if he could find it. Without the chain, I can only speculate it was "one of those things". In my defence, I am very meticulous about my motorcycles. I keep a close eye on EVERYTHING. Puzzeling...

Can't wait to get it back on the road. The "new" front end felt great.
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Re: Chain broke, monkey got choked...

No need to defend yourself.. I wanted some data, that's all. That's 'one of those things' we'd all like to avoid.
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Re: Chain broke, monkey got choked...

I'm glad to hear that all is good with you. I have a buddy that got to endure quite a few stitches from a busted chain. You are lucky my friend. No power in a lean can hurt.
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Re: Chain broke, monkey got choked...

BTW, what size chain does the 929 take? The last new one was several links long before installation and I simply cut the new one to match the old. Since I no longer have an old one to compare it to...
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Re: Chain broke, monkey got choked...

The 929 has a 108 link 530 chain... I've always had a good run out of RK530GXW chains - give one of those a try.

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Re: Chain broke, monkey got choked...

Originally Posted by Spanky
The 929 has a 108 link 530 chain... I've always had a good run out of RK530GXW chains - give one of those a try.

Cheers, Spanky.
I recommend the same... I just put one on my 929, and I couldn't be happier. It just feels overall better than the D.I.D chain I had on last. Can't tell you much about the longevity, as I've only put a few hundred on the new RK chain, but all the reviews were great. Good luck getting back on the road soon, and safe riding...
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Re: Chain broke, monkey got choked...

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I didn't think modern chains broke any more. I had only 13,000 miles on thet one.
Me, either. That is one scary deal. I'm sure glad you didn't lose the bike.
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Re: Chain broke, monkey got choked...

I got lucky. The local Yamaha dealer (4miles away) had a chain. They stock DID, so I got another 50VM... Paid $146. Had the chain back on before I took the bike off the truck. Went back to the dealer with the 929 to have them double check my work, That's something I've never done before. They said it looked good.

However when I took the front sprocket guard off, 3 pieces of the casting that protects the engine fell out. The steel metal strip between the sprocket guard and the engine is so badly misshapen that it'll need replacement. That thing took a pretty good hit. I'll JB weld the rest together. Should be looking pretty good again in a few days.
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Re: Chain broke, monkey got choked...

Thank goodness you had a chain guard in there to begin with; many people take them off for the "naked" look. It paid for itself that day by saving your leg from damage.
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Re: Chain broke, monkey got choked...

Unlucky man! The only time I've heard of it in recent years is racing! Personally I'd go for an RK chain everytime. I've never got 13,000 from a chain anyhow but I did ride the RR-w (918) through 4-winters of salty roads!
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Re: Chain broke, monkey got choked...

I had 21k miles on the original chain (I assume it was replaced before I boguht it with 6200 miles) on my old bike. still looked good.

the new bike looked like it for a new chain shortly before I bought it with 17k on the clock.


glad you weren't hurt, you got pretty lucky.
check off the road. it could have shot pretty far off as you said the directional lens is broken leads me to believe it might have shot up in the air and far back quite a bit.
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Re: Chain broke, monkey got choked...

As far as being lucky, yes very! For some odd reason I think God likes me.

The protective engine casting is looking remarkably good if I have to say so myself. Boy... just give me a couple tubes of JB weld and a Dremel tool! Sounds like "material" from Jeff Foxworthy or Tom Allen.
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