Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lander, Wyoming
In 1988 I walked back to my '74 Z1 from a tour of the Hungry Horse dam just south of Glacier Park, MT. And had the same startling 'heart in the throat' feeling, after spotting the missing clip!
I had been traveling at 80-100 mph, since leaving West Yellowstone MT. I had installed a new RK chain with a very tight fitting, press-fit side plate, just prior to the trip.
I limped to a gas station, acquired some 'safety wire', twisted a figure '8' and traveled a <60 mph for a couple hundred miles.
I spotted a Suzuki GS1000 at a gas station, asked about a master link and yes, he had 2 spares! I offered to fill his gas tank, he declined. He said to pay it forward. Which I did by fixing a flat on an Honda Interceptor 500 from AZ out near Monterey CA the next spring, 1989 UPGP.
Now, I try to remember to 'back-press' the side plates to 'lock' the clips into place!
Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!
Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 84,000+ miles & counting