Is it easy changing a motorcycle chain?

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  • Is it easy changing a motorcycle chain?
  • zaskar

    I haven’t got a motorbike chain tool yet.

    Is it the same process as the bike?


    What bike? Get a scottoiler and then you can ignore the chain ;o)

    Premier Icon singlespeedstu

    Depends if it’s got a splitlink in or not.

    Premier Icon speaker2animals

    As singlespeedstu said. Not sure that “big bikes” have split link chains, I only ever serviced bikes up to 500cc in the 70s/early 80s.

    Get a Scotoiler but you can’t ignore your chain. You still have to check tension and that the Scotoiler hasn’t run dry.

    Very few modern bikes have split links. Not safe with more than a few HP. You do get chains with “softlinks” that can be riveted similarly to a bike chain so if you use one of those its fairly straightforward – use the chain tool to break the old chain and put the new one on with the correct rivet tool.

    Premier Icon Capt. Kronos

    Was chatting about this t’other day… apparently a decent chain tool is £90 or something. I suspect I will just get my lmbs to do it for me… that way they can (hopefully) make sure that the wheel alignment is okay at the same time!!!!


    I did my Honda CBR years ago with a hammer & chisel!

    My old man a honda CUB 90! 😆

    When I popped round to service his scooter his chain was quite loose.

    I don’t think my park tool would last. I have to check if it has a split pin-which would be great n easy except shortening the chain using a file and G-clamp.

    £40 for a decent chain tool??!!

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