The motorcycle chain is responsible for transmitting power from the motor to the traction wheel. It is the only link between the gearbox and the rear wheel hub, via the secondary drive assembly. So keeping it in perfect condition is essential for the bike to work.
As it is exposed, sand, earth, sea and other debris end up sticking in the current. This dirt contributes to accelerate its corrosion, removing its lubrication and keeping it wet.
Excessive water, very heavy rains, floods etc., also end up taking out the current protection and leaving the piece dirty.
Thus, it is important to periodically maintain preventive maintenance in it, as a break or lock can cause an accident and damage the secondary transmission set, the so-called “relationship”, since they are interconnected. Keep reading and learn more!
Importance of Motorcycle Chain for the Secondary Transmission Set
As the chain connects the gearbox to the rear wheel, transferring the motor energy and turning it into traction, it has to withstand the impact of all that force, besides the kinetic energy caused by the movement of the wheel.
Thus, if the chain is poorly connected to the gears, it will transfer the power in the wrong way, causing excessive stress on the components and a consequent loss of power or breaking of the crown and pinion.
Also, a locking of a link, its breakage or if the chain escapes from one of the gears, can cause an accident by the loss of the traction or by the sudden locking of the wheel.
So we have separated some tips that help keep a current of motorcycle up to date. Check out!
Maintenance Tips for the Motorcycle Chain
Preventive and periodic maintenance of the chain is essential for safe handling and for the conservation of the entire secondary transmission assembly. Therefore, to take care of the current of the motorcycle you must:
All current maintenance depends on good visual and manual verification. It is necessary to observe if the chain presents a humid and lustrous appearance, which indicates that the lubrication is in day, and if there are no lees, turning the wheel to see its full extension.
Still, it is by manual verification that the current voltage is checked. Tell your client to do a review once, at least once a week.
Before performing chain lubrication, it must be cleaned to remove debris from old oil, debris and dirt that may be trapped in the links.
It is recommended to use a specific product for the purpose. With the help of a brush, gently rub between the links, turning the wheel to make the chain walk.
Lubrication should be done weekly or every 400 or 500 km. Depending on the type of use, if it is on roads or unpaved roads, beach etc., this time can be reduced.
You must use specific lubricant products for motorcycle chains, or use high viscosity motor lubricating oil, avoiding grease or general purpose lubricating oil.
4. Voltage regulation
The chain tension must be adjusted whenever there is excessive play or excessive tension. In the owner’s manual of the motorcycle is indicative of the ideal slack for the proper functioning of the chain. It is usually between 1.5 and 2.0 cm.
A misaligned chain can cause a twist in the links and consequent excessive wear of the crown and pinion. Misalignment may occur when changing the rear tire or adjusting the tension. Correct the side turnbuckles to solve the problem.
As we have seen, maintaining the motorcycle chain is essential for the conservation of the whole secondary transmission set. In addition, it is a vital component for the proper functioning of the bike and its correct maintenance can prevent accidents.