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    Recommendations for sprocket and chain for a G650GS

    Am needing to replace the sprockets and chain on my G650GS and was looking for any recommendations and/or words of advice from the folks here. Not thinking to change the number of teeth or anything like that at this point, but curious about quality upgrades or options that folks have used.

    Thanks!
    Michael
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    DID chains are well regarded. I'd recommend going with an O-ring chain; easier to maintain and longer life. (www.didchain.com) Also available thru many other outlets.
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    DID chain, and I would stick to steel sprockets. Dont waste your time with "lighter" aluminium sprockets. They just don't last long enough to be worthwhile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BetterLateThanNever View Post
    Am needing to replace the sprockets and chain on my G650GS and was looking for any recommendations and/or words of advice from the folks here. Not thinking to change the number of teeth or anything like that at this point, but curious about quality upgrades or options that folks have used.

    Thanks!
    Take a look at Sidewinder Gears, they are part of Krause Racing and make some neat stuff. They even have a set of lifetime guaranteed gears, Ti-Molly, and they get into some exotic stuff since they make gears for the racing circuit and aerospace industry.

    They have some videos you can watch also.

    They can make gears out of some exotic alloys that hold up real well and they have some great chains. They also sell some nice aerospace chain maintenance products that work well also.

    I pull a trailer behind some of my chain drive bikes and their products have worked the best for me, so far 100% reliable.

    I agree stay away from aluminum gears. steel gears for the price are hard to beat, but these new allows are lighter and stronger than steel--- but of course will cost more.

    Good Luck

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    With the advent of the internet we sometimes tend to study a simple problem too much. Just join "The Chain Gang" at www.f650.com, order their chain and sprocket set with the 16 tooth primary and 49 tooth rear (no noticeable gas mileage change), lube with automatic transmission fluid (doesn't matter what kind) at each gas stop and RIDE. You should get 20 to 22,000 miles on the chain and sprockets.

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    Now where's the fun in that?

    What to use for chain oiling is a debate that is up there with the engine oil and tire debates. What you use can be influenced by where you ride (use light weight lubricant in sandy areas for example) and how often you lube the chain (have seen credible claims of 30k miles + using only WD40). So let the debate continue.....
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    couple of years ago, this place had the best deal looks cheaper now at &130 for set!
    http://www.kevinscycleracing.com/chainsprockets.htm

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    Thanks!

    Thanks very much for all your recommendations and info. Have been delayed in dealing with this (Thanksgiving, work), but am following up on these leads. I agree that over-analysis can be an issue, especially with the giga-info that's out there, but as this is the first time I've had to perform this maintenance on this bike I wanted to get some feedback from those with more experience... cheers!
    Michael
    2009 G650GS

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    You may also want to check with the Chain Gang (F650.com). They offer a discounted RK Racing chain and sprocket set. I've been running mine now for well over 20,000 miles, and is still in good shape. Admittedly, I lube it regularly and don't run the he** out of it. Good folks there, give'm a try. Though you have to join the club ($$) to get the deal, but well worth it.

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    Chaingang is a good deal .
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