Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
My chain's links were too stiff for me to straighten with my hands. I had about three or four links that were like that. It was an X-Ring chain, So the X rings had failed, or there was mechanical damage to the chain, (Possibly from a too tight chain) The chain had to be replaced.
Lube your chain with Chain lube designed for use on and O or X ring chain. WD-40 and other such spray lubricants will dissolve the lube off your chain. These products are ok for lubricating door hinges, but not for motorcycle chains.
I believe if you want to own a motorcycle you have to be prepared to maintain the thing, which means spending money from time to time. So I suggest you buy a can of proper chain lube. I am not suggesting that you do not maintain your bike or that you skimp on maintenance...I don't know you after all.
I don't think that a few kinks in the chain means the chain is in imminent risk of catastrophic failure. Other, more experienced and knowledgeable members may disagree, and I hope they reply accordingly if they do. However, I would not ride at a speed greater than about 40 Mph with a chain like that. I believe that the chain will continue to deteriorate and will become dangerous as it deteriorates and the risk of breakages increases. So my advice is to change the chain as soon as you can.
The Clymer manual and Kawasaki suggest that you change both sprockets when you change the chain. Some people on this forum shared that they have changed the chain without changing both sprockets and not had negative results. I changed everything when I did mine. ( I have mentioned my philosophy about motorcycle maintenance)
I suppose my bottom line is; change the chain as soon as you have the money and the time...