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Prefered Chains - liter bikes?

I own a 05 1000RR and the chain is due. There is not quite 5000mi on the bike so I can't really complain about the OEM life BUT I treated it like a baby for awhile and am now a little rougher with it. This RR is a daily driver for me as well.

What are your opinions on chain recommendations? (No, a $200+ is not a wife approved option)

I had one person tell me $100 installed then had recommendations like:
530rktso? $110, 9200 lbs by RK
530 oring $139 9500lbs by Tsubaki
530 xring $145 9725lbs by DID
OEM?

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Re: Prefered Chains - liter bikes?

Hi Ghst,

I've used RK530GXW (X-ring) chains on both my 929 and 954 with great success, typically getting around 22-24,000Kms per chain. I'm changing to a 520 set-up on my 954 next and will be using an RK520GXW chain...

I guess the only advice I can pass on is to be careful with the "cheaper" chains as they are often not rated for 1000cc bikes - take a look on the RK site for their chain recommendations :- RK EXCEL english top

Cheers, Spanky.
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Re: Prefered Chains - liter bikes?

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Hi Ghst,

.....I'm changing to a 520 set-up on my 954 next and will be using an RK520GXW chain...
Thanks Spanky!
That brings up another topic 530/520 conversions. Unsprung weight the only reason?

Any others?
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Re: Prefered Chains - liter bikes?

If your not going to convert to 520, you might as well keep the stock 530 chain, it should last quite a long time
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Re: Prefered Chains - liter bikes?

What advantages are there by converting?
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Re: Prefered Chains - liter bikes?

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I own a 05 1000RR and the chain is due. There is not quite 5000mi on the bike so I can't really complain about the OEM life BUT I treated it like a baby for awhile and am now a little rougher with it. This RR is a daily driver for me as well.
5k miles on the chain doesn't seem like alot of miles.

Are your sprockets still in good shape? If so, and you're not planning on changing the ratio, stick with the 530.
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Re: Prefered Chains - liter bikes?

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5k miles on the chain doesn't seem like alot of miles.

Are your sprockets still in good shape? If so, and you're not planning on changing the ratio, stick with the 530.
That's the funny thing is it isn't alot of miles. I come from a shaft drive background though. both sprockets look great. 1 too many hole shots? I don't beat on the bike constantly!
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Re: Prefered Chains - liter bikes?

5000 miles seems very low. I just replaced the chain on my 954 at 37000klm. That included a few track days.
Lubed every coupla gas tanks when I remember. Finally cooked it on a long fast ride. What did you do to kill it in 5000 miles?

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Re: Prefered Chains - liter bikes?

5k's is really low.

i have the did 520 erv3 on right now and it's lasted longer than the rk racing 520 chain that i had before that.

i will be going back to the erv3 once this chain goes.
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Re: Prefered Chains - liter bikes?

A buddy that races a new 2006 R6 in our national Superstock 600 series told last weekend that conversion from stock 525 chain+sprockets to DID 520 ERV3 + Renthal alu rear sprocket gave them more than 2 RWHP in back-to-back dyno.
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Re: Prefered Chains - liter bikes?

There's a bunch of reasons why I'm doing the 530 to 520 conversion - first and foremost I got a set of 520 sprockets real cheap on eBay...the other reasons I'm doing can be summarised as follows :

1. 6-700grams weight reduction
2. lower rolling resistance (more horsepower available to drive the rear wheel)
3. reduced initial cost (530 chain = $250, 520 = $200...an important point when dealing with the financial controller at home )

The trade off is that I expect the 520 chain to wear out earlier than a 530...maybe 18-20K instead of 25K ? - does anybody have any real world experience of the difference in chain life between the two that they can share with us ??

Cheers, Spanky.
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Re: Prefered Chains - liter bikes?

Spanky,

Valid reasons. And any additional hp is good hp. I would like to know some of the life spans on the 520 as well.
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Re: Prefered Chains - liter bikes?

I'm a big fan of the X ring chain. I plan on keeping the 530 setup because both sprockets are good, the chain is good, and 2 horsepower isn't going to be noticable by me. BTW I have 10000 hard miles on my stock chain. Lots of track days, fast trips, etc. Still looks good.
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Re: Prefered Chains - liter bikes?

x-chain it. RK, or DID. I'm a D.I.D man, myself. X-chains are self lubed and virtually frictionless. You technically don't need to lube them. That's why they last so long. I have stayed with 530 chain because I'm paranoid. The very latest 520s are rated to 1000cc, but that's top of the line and the latest.
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Re: Prefered Chains - liter bikes?

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Spanky,

Valid reasons. And any additional hp is good hp. I would like to know some of the life spans on the 520 as well.
I have almost 10,000 miles on mine and I've never had to adjust it, and I've barely lubed it, it's a DID ERV2 520, doesn't look like it's going to wear out any time soon, still looks almost new
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