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basic Front Sprocket / Chain question

Basically, I need a Part Number

Iím picking up a 954 later this week. It sounds like the previous owner has been excellent with the maintenance and has babied a bike that is meant for some twisties.

At 14k miles, he states that itís the original chain, and it has plenty of life on it. Honestly, I find that hard to believe, but I will see for myself on Thursday.

That said, I have a 760 mile romp home with the bike, followed by a 1200 mile group ride with my fellow Blackbird owners the following week. I want to have a chain and front sprocket on the ready just in case he overexaggerated the remaining life.

Since I donít have the bike, owners manual, or the service manual yet, can someone hook me up with the OEM front sprocket part number for the 954?

How about the chain? I ran DID 530ZVMs on my Blackbird with great success. What do you guys like on the 954?


Thanks in advance for your help!

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Re: basic Front Sprocket / Chain question

23801-MCJ-000

Found it on the online microfiche at Ron Ayers Motorsports - Motorycle, ATV, Jet Ski and Generators Parts and Accessories

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Re: basic Front Sprocket / Chain question

Yep, I guess I could have looked that up.

Any opinions on the chains? DID? RK?
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Re: basic Front Sprocket / Chain question

Sprocket (16T) part number 23801-mcj-000
found at servicehonda.com $39.83.
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Re: basic Front Sprocket / Chain question

I use the RK 530 on my 929.
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Re: basic Front Sprocket / Chain question

Hi Griff954,

I liked the RK530GXW on my 929 - no problems, long mileage, and little stretch.

I've just changed over to a 520 set-up on my 954 and am using a DID 520VM chain - only done 200Ks so a little early to tell how its going to last...

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Re: basic Front Sprocket / Chain question

Get an X-ring chain, not the O-ring type.

Also, get a chain with the highest tensile strength posible.

Facts you should no about Motorcycle Chains!

Check out this link, it is very informative.
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Re: basic Front Sprocket / Chain question

Thanks Guys.

I'll have to try the RK as lots of folks think highly of it. I'll probably stick with the DID and OEM sprocket for my first time out with a new (to me) bike. I've installed enough DID chains on my Blackbird that even I can't (shouldn't) screw it up. Well, before I go there and invite Murphy's Law to come visit me, 108 links, right?

I definately need to do some RK homework!


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Re: basic Front Sprocket / Chain question

Interesting facts on the chain with the above link! Didn't know about the proper lubing. Has anyone used the auto oilers? Also, when is a good time to replace sprockets? I just bought a 03 600F4i with 7900 kms. It now has 10500kms and wondering if it's time. 2nd owner and other guy seemed good to it. Bone stock.

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Re: basic Front Sprocket / Chain question

Replace the sprokets if they show wear.

Here is an example.

http://www.clarity.net/~adam/images/bike/inspect/sprocket.jpg
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Re: basic Front Sprocket / Chain question

I know a lot of guys replace the sprockets every time they replace the chain which seems a bit excessive to me - I agree with Gigolo Jason, just replace them if they show wear when you go to replace your chain. The last two chains I've replaced also required new front sprockets - which makes sense if you think about the number of times a tooth on the front will touch the chain compared to a tooth on the rear sprocket.

I'm looking forward to seeing how my new 520 set-up lasts. The rear is a Vaz alloy sprocket and I'm not sure how it will go...
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Re: basic Front Sprocket / Chain question

I just replaced the chain & sprockets on my 97 900RR at 16K.

I bought Sprocket Specialists steel sprockets (16/43, the stock sizes) and a DID 525ERV chain.

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Re: basic Front Sprocket / Chain question

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I know a lot of guys replace the sprockets every time they replace the chain which seems a bit excessive to me - I agree with Gigolo Jason, just replace them if they show wear when you go to replace your chain.
Replacing one without replacing the other will result in premature wear...

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