Thursday, June 21, 2012

Zx-14 New Chain, Sprockets and Tires... Part 2.

I finished everything up today, and the bike is ready to ride!
I got the rear tire mounted without a problem. John, plenty of lube is the key! I didn't have to wrestle it or fight it at all. It went on for me just like the guy at the cycle show. It wasn't all easy though The rear tire didn't want to balance without 1.25 ounces of weight. I tried turning the rim inside the tire 90 degrees each time. Some positions were worse yet, almost 2 ounces off. I chose the position that required the least weight.
The chain went on with no problems. The tool I bought worked just like it should. After lubing up the master link and slipping the O-rings on it, I pressed the master link side plate on. I switched the tool parts from press to rivet and pressed on the exposed mater link pins to give them a mushroomed head. Both the directions for the tool and the chain said that the chain would now be as solid and dependable as a factory riveted link.
The rest of the re-assembly was just the reverse of yesterday. I did take the tank cover off so I could check the air filter. Just like the last time, 15,000 miles ago, the filter was filthy. I ordered a new one.

Here's a few pictures of the new nickel silver chain/sprocket set.

My wore out Michelin PilotRoad2 tires with 11,548 miles on them. Rear tread wear indicator. Cupped front. The front was starting to cup and the rear had quite a flat spot in the center. It looked like it was starting to wear funny, almost like it was cupping like the front tire.
There's now 29,653 miles on the Ninja.

9 comments:

  1. Yep those tyre look really bad, but they are very high mileage.

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    1. I'm happy with the number of miles they lasted. They had a few more miles of life left, but with the summer touring season here I thought it best to change them.

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  2. Erik,

    That's pretty damned good mileage for a bike with more horse than a mid-size truck. Wow. I'm going for 9k on my concours, and that's got like 50 less horse - a bit of weight and I ride with a passenger, but still. Guess it shows that not all riders are maniacs.

    Brady
    Behind Bars - Motorcycles and Life

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    1. I'm very happy with the performance of the PilotRoad2 tires. They work well in the rain, have great grip in the corners, and last a fairly long time. That was almost exactly 1 years worth of riding on those tires. There was a trip to CA and back and a trip to SD and OR and back on them. That's a lot of Highway miles to flatten out the center. And you're right, I'm pretty mellow with the right wrist

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    2. Boy you must be, because I run PR3s, and I can't believe you got 3k more miles.

      Brady
      Behind Bars - Motorcycles and Life

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  3. That is a pretty nice looking new chain you have there. Shiny - for now.

    Glad the tires went on okay and you are almost ready to go.

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    1. Thanks, just an oil change and the new air filter when it gets here and I'll be ready to go!

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  4. Erik:

    Nice sprockets and chain. We'll take a closer look at them in Oregon.

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
    My Flickr // My YouTube

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    1. I'm really looking forward to this trip!

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