I just wanted to share a neat little story about what happened to me last week. Could save someone out there a big mess. I took the week off and decided to go camping in Shuswap. Loaded the bike up and accompanied a few friends who were in a car.
So Tuesday evening we booted up the Coquilhalla towards Shuswap Lake which is about another hour after Kamloops. We stopped on the side of the highway to take a breather after a quick pace of between 130-200km/h. That highway is a fast one. We chatted for a bit and decided to pull into the PetroCan about a block away.
1st gear, feathered the clutch and suddenly lost all drive and something started clunking and shaking the bike. Low and behold -when I stop to take alook, half my chain is lying on the ground and half on the rear sprocket
The chain is a DID gold X-ring chain with about 16,000km on it. Lubed every 600km's and sometimes less.
With my heart pounding through my chest in disbelief, I was shitting my pants hard. Then I looked up and all was good because a Harly Davidson dealership was staring me right in the face from across the street! The feeling of relief was soon replaced with another panic attack as I realized that H.D.'s are all belt driven! The harley service men would probably just pick their teeth with my broken chain! The shit started coming out again! Then I looked to the right of the HD dealership and then shit once again receded. Their next door neighbours are Kamloops Yamaha!! YES! The chain was still good so they just charged me 30 bucks for parts and labour. Big thanx to Kamloops Yammie.
Important lesson learned:
Always try to lose your chain beside a motorcycle dealership...no just kidding.
What had actually happened is that my chain guide rubbed the master link's clip away. If the clip is worn enough the clip can get picked off by the chain guide when you roll the bike back(if you happen to be lubing the chain for example). Perhaps your bikes won't have this problem, but this particular combo of the DID with my ZX-6E did. Check your's to see if this might be the case. The chain is now riveted together instead.