Replacing chain and sprockets; go cheap or go Honda?

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Maybe it was my fault, my chain my not have been perfectly aligned or something, but I've lost the clip 3 separate times, luckily I didn't drop my chain or run into any kind of trouble. I prefer the rivet type
 
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Many thousands of miles on chains with clip style master links and never a lost one. On the 700 I take a smear of RTV over the clip to glue it in place yet easily removed.
 

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I kind of figured this bike/motor wouldn’t pose a problem with using clips. Just curious to see some thoughts on it.
 

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I'm about to change chain & sprockets now at 23k miles. The parts are on my workbench and I only have to borrow the staking tool from a friend.

I pondered the master link vs endless chain and came to the conclusion that I wasn't going to remove the chain for cleaning - as you would on a dirt bike - so why bother?
 

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I'm about to change chain & sprockets now at 23k miles. The parts are on my workbench and I only have to borrow the staking tool from a friend.

I pondered the master link vs endless chain and came to the conclusion that I wasn't going to remove the chain for cleaning - as you would on a dirt bike - so why bother?
when you refer to "endless" do you mean one that comes as a circle, or do you mean a rivet type master link?

Not many people buy an endless chain because most people don't like removing the swingarm to install them. Probably not a bad idea to pull the swingarm in order to lube up the linkage, pivot, etc though.
 

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Hi guys, sorry for somewhat reviving a dead thread...

I just wanted to know, how do I tell if my bike has the oem chain and sprockets?

I bought it at about 40k kms and they're due for replacement soon, so I'm trying to get a rough idea of what kind of mileage I can get with the oem setup.

Obviously the setup must have been replaced at least once already, just checking for information sake.


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Hi guys, sorry for somewhat reviving a dead thread...

I just wanted to know, how do I tell if my bike has the oem chain and sprockets?

I bought it at about 40k kms and they're due for replacement soon, so I'm trying to get a rough idea of what kind of mileage I can get with the oem setup.

Obviously the setup must have been replaced at least once already, just checking for information sake.


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It will not be easy to tell if your chain is OEM type or not. The chains Honda uses still have the supplier’s markings on them; they are not specially marked for Honda. Look at the stampings on the chain links. I know one chain Honda used was RK. I’m pretty sure one they never used is DID. I think all the OEM chains will be black, so if you have a gold chain it is likely aftermarket.
 

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Depends on the year ........

Example
2012 shows RK and DID as the OEM chains
2015 shows RK and DIADO as the OEM chains
 

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OEM chain (the ones on my bikes at least) looked very much like an 'endless' chain. Every replacement I've ever seen or had either has a clip-type master link, or riveted by the type that flares the hollowed-out end of the pins. Both of those look quite distinct and easily and quickly identified.
FWIW.
 

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Man...is it just me or has the replacement chains shot up in price..?? Yikes! :{

I've oiled it so much there is no visible wear to either sprocket, but the chain is out too far to adjust anymore since i added the 17T/39T. ...time for a new chain! :{)
 

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Man...is it just me or has the replacement chains shot up in price..?? Yikes! :{

I've oiled it so much there is no visible wear to either sprocket, but the chain is out too far to adjust anymore since i added the 17T/39T. ...time for a new chain! :{)

Mileage??????
 

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Man...is it just me or has the replacement chains shot up in price..?? Yikes! :{

I've oiled it so much there is no visible wear to either sprocket, but the chain is out too far to adjust anymore since i added the 17T/39T. ...time for a new chain! :{)
Look the same to me except D.I.D. didn't have the VX3 Last time I bought a chain it was VX2, same price though

Honda NC700 DCT Sprockets & Chain Kit (choose chain / choose sizes) | SprocketCenter.com

For the kit

DID Chain 520 VX3 X'ring Chain - GOLD or STEEL color (choose length)

Just the chain

I've felt like chains have always been expensive, when they last a long time it's not so bad, I didn't align my rear tire properly after installing a new chain (installed after work in the dark) and 400 miles later the chain was already messed up, replaced it after 6,000 miles [emoji37] I usually get 25,000 plus out of my DID VX2 chain, hopefully the VX3 is even better
 
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The gauge is reading 16K but corrected that is about 17,800 miles. It is all the way out and i have no more adjustment left in it with the current 17T/39T sprockets. I could swap the 43T back on and adjust it with that giving me some life left in it, but i don't care to revert back to the 43T. I like the power/mpg i get with the current set-up, so a new chain is ordered and on it's way. :{)
 

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Just looked up my chain, new 6,000 miles ago, has not needed adjustment yet. Rode it on wet roads a few weeks ago, started squeaking. First time I've lubed the chain. This seems exceptional to me. This is what I bought in a set with both sprockets from Sprocket Center in 2017 for $125 delivered:
DID 520VX2 - NATURAL X'ring (750cc rated)
 

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Just looked up my chain, new 6,000 miles ago, has not needed adjustment yet. Rode it on wet roads a few weeks ago, started squeaking. First time I've lubed the chain. This seems exceptional to me. This is what I bought in a set with both sprockets from Sprocket Center in 2017 for $125 delivered:
DID 520VX2 - NATURAL X'ring (750cc rated)
Chain tension check and adjust at 4000-8000 miles is a common.

It’s hard to tell your service interval on chain lube from your post........but..........( pre ride check) chain inspection and lube is usually done about every 500 miles. Just a thought that waiting until it squeaks is waiting too long.
 

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Chain tension check and adjust at 4000-8000 miles is a common.

It’s hard to tell your service interval on chain lube from your post........but..........( pre ride check) chain inspection and lube is usually done about every 500 miles. Just a thought that waiting until it squeaks is waiting too long.
First time I lubed it was a few weeks ago. So about 5,500 miles. I often check the chain, because of the OEM chain that stretched like crazy.
 

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Please share what you find, I was specifically curious about the difference between VX2 and VX3
VX3 p1.jpg VX3 p2.jpg

Pretty quick response. From my perspective I see marketing speak but no real difference in the wear resistance when comparing the vx2 vs the vx3.
 
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Honda NC700 | Sprockets & Chain Kits | Sprocket Center

If your NC is a DCT then it would be different, but they have that also

I'm not affiliated at all, just a satisfied customer

P.s. With my standard I've gone up 1 tooth on the front sprocket to slightly reduce the rpms at freeway speeds (99% of my riding)
Hi @rippin209 - just want to check in to see if you are still happy with your order from Sprocket Center? I am thinking about ordering the basic steel sprocket kit with a DID 520VX3 in "natural" (ooo, natural!). Because Gold is the worst. (Sorry, not sorry).
 
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