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post #1 of 15 Old 04-02-2016, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Serious incident during chain maintenance

There is a report of a serious accident while an inmate on AdventureRider was cleaning and lubing his chain. I think it is worthwhile to read as a warning to the members here. This could happen to any one of us.
My DL-1000 took my hand off (tried to) | Adventure Rider

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Without even going to the thread I bet he was runing the engine in gear and the chain grabed him or the rag or something and sent his fingers through the sprocket under the chain.....I've seen it many times before.....not a pretty sight at all! I've seen a guy with bones sticking out the broken ends of what is left of his skinstripped fingers!....Idiots!

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There is a report of a serious accident while an inmate on AdventureRider was cleaning and lubing his chain. I think it is worthwhile to read as a warning to the members here. This could happen to any one of us.
My DL-1000 took my hand off (tried to) | Adventure Rider

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Holy cow! That was quite the read! Just lubed my chain this morning, but my method is to lube a 4-6 inch section and then rotate the wheel to expose another 4-6 inch section ahead of the one I just lubed. The chain is never moving while I'm spraying lube on it. I think growing up on a farm with old junky equipment gave me a healthy respect for things that spin.

I sure hope that fellow gets most of the use back out of his hand and gets to keep his pointer finger. A very good story to share though, shows what can happen in a split second... Thanks Jeff
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Accidents do happen and this is a good reminder for us all while working on anything i suppose
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post #5 of 15 Old 04-03-2016, 04:30 AM
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Ever heard the term natural selection.

This is just like anything else. If one makes a mistake we pay the price and sometimes we get lucky and well other times. And all we can do is hope we learn from that mistake and are lucky enough and brave enough to show others what is not to ever be done. But again many will still try sorry to say.

There are more days then not that I will tell someone I would not do that lol. And then of course most of the time they will go right on ahead. And so all I can do is stand by and enjoy the show lol.
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I always thought that slow rolling the wheel by hand was
the safe and fast way to go.


There's some truth in that. Ouch !!!!

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Geeezzzz.....I!! I would never do such a thing. What are folks thinking???

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That is the whole point vinnie. Just a momentary lapse of thinking and your life changes forever. NEVER ROTATE THE WHEEL UNDER POWER OR BY HAND WHEN YOUR FINGERS ARE ANYWHERE NEAR THE CHAINSET!!!

Take a stick about the same thickness as a finger and see how easy the chain and sprocket cuts through it. People just don't realize how powerful the cutting action is until it is too late. That is why I thought it is important to post this warning.
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post #9 of 15 Old 04-03-2016, 09:14 PM
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Back when I was on the zx6r forum, a link appeared for the same type of accident. Apparently it's common. When doing my chain, I only do the bottom and always rotate the chain away from the tire.

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I know this Post is older, but I think it is important, as a new KLR rider, and old 650 street rider 7+ years ago when I had someone else work on my bike, this is a constant reminder of how powerful the bike is and how you need to respect the bike, just like a firearm, when you show a lack of respect for the tool you are using, bad things can happen.

Please be carful turning wrench's, as we say in the military "always do the right thing, even if no one is looking".
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