Follow up to Chain & Agony and How to Size and Replace a Motorcycle Chain…
The whole process of breaking the chain and installing it took about half an hour this time around. The o-ring chain I got was easy to break using the tool I picked up, and installing the new master link on the chain took only moments. The three in one DRC Chain Tool I got (chain breaker, outer plate presser, rivet presser) was easy to use and looks good doing it. It might be my favourite tool at the moment.
|The new chain was a 120 link chain, the Ninja takes 114 links, so that’s 6 links off the end. The hole in the
top is where the chain pin falls out once you’ve pushed it through.
|Six links of the 120 link chain removed. One pin is pushed right out, the other was pushed
out far enough to dismantle the chain.
|With the chain back on and lubricated, everything is tight. The change to how the bike feels is subtle
but very satisfying. The engine feels much more firmly connected to the back wheel now. No sags and tight
spots like on the old chain.
|I got this mighty DRC Pro chain
tool at Royal Distributing in
Now that I’ve got a handle on this and the right tools for the job, chains don’t worry me any more. This process also emphasized how surgical bike mechanics are. I started off doing heavy equipment repair as a millwright and then did a couple of years in automotive. Compared to that kind of work, motorcycle mechanics feel more like surgery than butchery. Patience and a careful hand are more important than brute force.
Now more than ever I’m looking for an old bike to dismantle and rebuild to get an inside feel for how motorbikes go together.