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  • Offline Smoky   us

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    Chain life expectancy
    on: Dec 23, 2021, 10.46 am
    Dec 23, 2021, 10.46 am
    I'm sure this has been covered but Dam, this forum is difficult to navigate. The factory chain on my '19 Z400 was toast after 12k mi. and it was carefully maintained. I was wondering how much better the Z900 chain is and what it's lifespan might be. Actually looking for an excuse to put on a fancy gold chain like I had on my 400 and 650.

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    Re: Chain life expectancy
    Reply #1 on: Dec 23, 2021, 01.55 pm
    Dec 23, 2021, 01.55 pm
    19,000 miles on mine and itís looking good still.

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    Re: Chain life expectancy
    Reply #2 on: Dec 23, 2021, 05.28 pm
    Dec 23, 2021, 05.28 pm
     The only drawback with the OEM chain is little or no protective plating.
     If you protect it well enough to prevent it ever rusting it will last a very long time.

     So if you REALLY want a blingy gold chain................
     
    Tighten it 'til it strips then back it off half a turn.

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    Re: Chain life expectancy
    Reply #3 on: Dec 24, 2021, 02.18 pm
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    Kawasaki obviously put "budget" chains on the smaller bikes - the one on my 650 is pretty much gone at under 10K miles.  But the bigger bikes seem to have better quality EK chains, so my previous ZX-10R showed no signs of wear at coming up to 10K miles, including quite a few (fairly steady) track days.  The chain on the 900 looks similar, so I'm hoping it will last.

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    Re: Chain life expectancy
    Reply #4 on: Dec 25, 2021, 06.59 pm
    Dec 25, 2021, 06.59 pm
    I use my bike all year round in the uk, itís 30 months old & done 21000 miles. I fitted a scottoiler at 7000 miles and the chain never needs adjusting . I use any multi grade oil I have in the garage and give the whole bike a reasonably thorough clean every 3 weeks or so,
    Prior to fitting the scottoiler I used wurth dry chain lube.
    If you want a blingy chain then fit one, but the OEM chain will last a long time if looked after.
    Last Edit: Dec 25, 2021, 07.00 pm by Bentham

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    Re: Chain life expectancy
    Reply #5 on: Dec 27, 2021, 12.42 am
    Dec 27, 2021, 12.42 am
    Thanks folks. That's what I needed to know

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    Re: Chain life expectancy
    Reply #6 on: Jan 14, 2022, 10.35 pm
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    *Originally Posted by Bentham [+]
    done 21000 miles...... and the chain never needs adjusting .

    I'm pretty sure it does

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    Re: Chain life expectancy
    Reply #7 on: Jan 15, 2022, 12.19 pm
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    I put a Scottoiler on my Z1000 because it is a pain in the hole to use a spray - the exhaust is in the way.  It's done 7 or 8 thousand miles since and has never needed adjustment.
    Z1000.  I had a 900 so you'll never get rid of me. NEVER!

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    Re: Chain life expectancy
    Reply #8 on: Jan 15, 2022, 01.37 pm
    Jan 15, 2022, 01.37 pm
    45k km and still on oem chain...had scottoiler since ard 2k km if i remember correctly.

    Cleaned once a month... Adjusted a couple of times for the sake of adjusting

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    Re: Chain life expectancy
    Reply #9 on: Jan 16, 2022, 02.48 pm
    Jan 16, 2022, 02.48 pm
    Having owned a Z400, Ninja 400, and a Versys 650 and now the Z900 since '19, I had to replace the chains on the Z400 and the Versys at about 15k mi.
    They use poor quality chains on those cheaper bikes