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Thread: New Tires, Chain, Sprockets: 16,500 miles

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    Senior Member OriginalRocket's Avatar
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    New Tires, Chain, Sprockets: 16,500 miles

    Finally, finally done. Spent all went and some of April completing this project, mainly due to lack of time to work on the NC.

    I parked the motorcycle with a bit over 16,500 miles in October 2016 with the idea of replacing drive components over the winter.

    All parts were OEM original from the factory. I had the Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interact tires for reference.

    -Installed new Dunlop RoadSmart 3's front and rear, stock sizes.
    -Installed JT sprockets front and rear, stock DCT tooth counts 16/39
    -Installed new D.I.D. ZX2 112 link chain. (Gold color plated)
    -Cleaned and flushed the front fork oil, replaced with Maxima 10wt fork oil

    Here is some pictures:
    Fork draining for a few days

    Spring spacers and caps

    How the motorcycle sat for 3 months

    Drive spline shaft from the transmission. (after cleaning a bit)

    Front drive sprocket New JT vs. Old Honda OEM None of the teeth lined up with the new one.

    Rear sprocket Old Honda OEM vs. New JT. Seems this sprocket had no wear I could see, All the teeth lined up with the new JT sprocket.

    Close up of the new D.I.D. VX2 X-ring chain on the new JT sprocket.

    Rear assembly complete:

    Ready to ride! (300 very aggressive miles already when this was taken)

    A few thoughts:
    Chain seemed tight. By tight I mean didn't feel right, it felt mechanical and made noise. I rode with the bike in S mode for the 300 miles. Being very aggressive on throttle, and turning lean angles. Finally after about 200 miles the chain felt right. No more mechanical noise, no more feeling "tight". It was such a weird feeling that after every ride I set the bike up on the center stand and spun everything looking for things rubbing and or not running freely. Never found anything. Now the chain and sprockets seem to have merged together. They are properly aligned and properly adjusted for chain slack and properly lubed. I was not part of the 2012 chain recall, but I wish I was. The stock OEM chain is absolute garbage from 5,000 miles on. I should have just changed it then but hind sight is 20/20. When I removed it at 16,500 miles every single link was kinked and very hard to turn.

    Sprockets: Front needed to be changed. The rear probably could have gone again. But the price of the rear wasn't a big deal. I like how the rear is anodized black. Will help hid the lube and dirt. As I don't clean the sprockets and chain often.

    Tires: AMAZING!!! Never had much confidence with the OEM Z8's But these Dunlop RoadSmart 3's straight out of the shipping package were sticky, no weird slippery release agent on these. I was leaning and grinding pegs on the first ride out. After 300 miles the front and rear mold injection leftovers seem to have worn away. I can't comment on lean effort as my OEM's had flattened out and were impossible to lean far over, plus I was afraid of where the traction limits were. If my 16,500 miles on the OEM's is any indication, I expect 20,000 miles on these tires. I am not an aggressive rider. I ride in D mode 99% of the time, and almost never 50% or more throttle. I just cruise. Most of the roads are well worn and smooth from the Chicago Metro/suburb traffic around me.

    Fork Oil: Much needed. The new oil is so smooth. The old oil came out in globs. It was dirty gray in color, not the stock red. The Maxima 10wt is clear and very slippery. I used brake cleaner to flush out the old oil, then poured in a splash of Maxima and dumped that after a few pumps of the tubes. Now I'm on the hunt for some fork tube protectors. So far I found some easy on/off "Shock Soxs" They are billed as off road usage. Still looking for more options.

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    Senior Member New Tires, Chain, Sprockets: 16,500 miles
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    Good work man!

    Is the rear sprocket steel or aluminum?

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    Senior Member New Tires, Chain, Sprockets: 16,500 miles
    New Tires, Chain, Sprockets: 16,500 miles

    Bike: 2016 NC700X DCT ABS
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    New Tires, Chain, Sprockets: 16,500 miles

    Awesome! I did the chain and sprockets yesterday at 10,000 miles.

    My sprockets are 'Superlight RS7' brand and the chain is ThreeD 520Z black and gold. I got all this from SprocketCenter, they say the chain is cut to length but I had to remove a link for the DCT. 114 vs 112.

    Mine are also very mechanical feeling when rotated by hand, feels like something is 'off', but it isn't - aligned with a laser tool, slack set to 35mm. I've done about 40 miles on it about half freeway and MPG is about 2 to 3 better than before. I think it just needs some time to mesh with each other.

    New vs Old:


    New Front Installed: (yes I eventually put the bolt in!)

    New chain and sprocket:

    Last edited by supertux1; 27th April 2017 at 02:23.

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    Super Moderator New Tires, Chain, Sprockets: 16,500 miles 670cc's Avatar
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    Regarding the OP comment on wishing to have been in the 2012 chain recall group. The recall involved potiential breakage from a lack of hardening of the links. The fix was to remove a stock chain and install a stock chain. You would not have gained anything in quality.
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    Senior Member rippin209's Avatar
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    Nice write up, you post and repairs look very organized👍
    As for the fork protectors, I like gators and these are the ones I have installed
    Daystar F00058-BK-02 Black 11" Long Travel Fork Boot Daystar F00058-BK-02 Black 11" Long Travel Fork Boot: Automotive
    Get the shorter ones, even those could be a little shorter. They fit tight and I'm happy with them

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    None of you are coating the output shaft with some moly grease. If you do it will keep those two hardened surfaces from rubbing. If you pulled off the drive sprocket and saw some red colored dust then putting moly grease on the shaft will stop this from happening.
    I just put on JT sprockets on. ZX chain too. Wish I would have spent the money on getting the gold chain. Looks good.
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    Senior Member New Tires, Chain, Sprockets: 16,500 miles
    Bike: 2014 NC700 dct
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    i am at 18k with the stock chain, it is almost at it limits. i think it will be at it limits of replacement at 20k.

    i am very surprise how must it has lasted me

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    Senior Member New Tires, Chain, Sprockets: 16,500 miles dduelin's Avatar
    Bike: NC700XD, ST1300, Elite 80
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    I just bought a new DID VX2 chain and the JT sprocket set. I'm at 13,600 miles on a JT front sprocket and VX2 chain installed at 6,000 miles to replace the dreadful OEM chain. I could keep going awhile but about 10 chain links are beginning to kink.


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    I put on the Cameleon Plus Automatic chain oiler. Have it on two bikes now and probably will put it on one more. has a good review on it. Hoping to make the chain last much longer.

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