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post #1 of 27 Old 06-20-2016, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Lubricate your chain slowly....

While oiling my chain before taking off on another 370 mile round to visit mom, a trip I just did Sunday, I notice my master-link clip was gone.
I do know how to put one on and I know to put them on the right direction. every bike I have owned in 40yrs of riding, all had chains.

If this post makes you take a double-look at your chain, it was worth it..
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I like to squeeze my masterlink clip closed slightly with a pair of pliers to make it grip a little tighter once installed. In 35 years of riding I only lost one masterlink clip and I found it gone while oiling the chain just like you did!!
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I found one missing, but I guess I had pressed it pretty tight, I couldn't even pry it apart. Used some wire and twisted it on


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Gordon,
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!
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I had to use channel locks to put that master together, probably why it stayed on.
I always carry a spare link, bought a spare when I got the chain.

Back to the shop to get another...

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consider using safety wire on the masterlink clip....some use a dab of silicon too.


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consider using safety wire on the masterlink clip....some use a dab of silicon too.


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IMO only,
Silicone has no strength!
The Clip can 'slip' from Underneath any 'safety wire' looped over it!

The Only preventive 'cure' that I see is 'back-pressing' the side-plate to 'jam' the clip.

I hate rivet type links. Most owners can NOT deal with them.

My 'lost clip' has been a once in a lifetime experience! I do Not Worry about it! 47 years of biking, so far!

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My 'lost clip' has been a once in a lifetime experience! I do Not Worry about it! 47 years of biking, so far!
1st I lost in 40yrs... I am not going to lose sleep over it, may never happen again but I will look closer when oiling the chain.
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More chance of the counter balance shaft adjusting lever failing IMHO !!
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WAIT!!! Gruet782 had one, pdwestman had one and myself with one........that's .....THREE!! in a total of 122 riding years!!!
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