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post #1 of 7 Old 04-09-2016, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all. I apologize if this isn't the correct place to post this but I'm planning a trip from Arizona to Washington state to visit friends and family and I've always ridden a belt or shaft drive bike. Besides the dirt bikes I used to ride growing up, I've never taken a trip on a bike with chain drive and spokes before. I'd like to know, with the exception of lubing the chain every 400 miles, if anything else will be necessary or if it could wait until I return to Arizona. I'm estimating the trip to be a total of around 3,500 miles give or take. Once I get to Washington, I could have the bike serviced if need be, but before that, I wouldn't really have the means of adjusting the chain etc. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-09-2016, 10:23 PM
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Hi all. I apologize if this isn't the correct place to post this but I'm planning a trip from Arizona to Washington state to visit friends and family and I've always ridden a belt or shaft drive bike. Besides the dirt bikes I used to ride growing up, I've never taken a trip on a bike with chain drive and spokes before. I'd like to know, with the exception of lubing the chain every 400 miles, if anything else will be necessary or if it could wait until I return to Arizona. I'm estimating the trip to be a total of around 3,500 miles give or take. Once I get to Washington, I could have the bike serviced if need be, but before that, I wouldn't really have the means of adjusting the chain etc. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
First things first: what type of chain do you have? If you have the stock o-ring chain (or an aftermarket o-ring or X-ring), your chain does not require any lubrication - the manual states that only occasional cleaning is needed with a solvent like kerosene. Next question: do you have any ideas how many miles are on the chain? If kept clean, the stocker is good for a lot of miles!

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post #3 of 7 Old 04-09-2016, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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I just bought this bike March 16th and only have 268 miles on it so far with the OEM O-ring chain.
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-09-2016, 11:32 PM
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If you mean that you bought it new in March, the chain is not going to be a problem. Depending on road conditions, dust, mud, ect, just clean it periodically with any mild solvent. Kerosene works well, watt-man has already shown that wd-40 works fine too. That chain can do a 3500 mile trip without any fuss.

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Thanks for putting my mind at ease a bit. I've been thinking this trip was going to turn in to some kind of maintenance nightmare!
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Since you said the bike is new, if you haven't done the first oil change prior to leaving on the trip, I suggest changing the oil. You won't have to worry about changing oil on the trip, then.
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I have taken a lot of trips longer than yours and the chain will not be an issue. The one issue you may have is tires. You will probably need a decent road tire since most knobbies, from my experience anyway, will get torn up in 3500 miles. I'm not sure what stock tires on on the KLR but maybe they will just make it.

Also, be careful what you pack. I have learned over the years that over packing is just so easy to do. Having the proper tools for a trip is better than making sure you have enough shoes and socks.

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