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Endless chain

I have a 2011. Is there any earlier model of V on which it is possible to fit an endless chain?
I just got an endless chain in the mail from a seller on eBay. As I look upon it there is noooo way an endless chain can fit a V. Hopefully the seller will send me a rivet connecting link.
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What's an endless chain? One where the ends are already connected? I've never seen any bike where you could put a chain on that's already connected; they always have to be "fed" through the swingarm.
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Wouldn't you need to remove your swing arm to install it?
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Wouldn't you need to remove your swing arm to install it?
Yes. Most OEM chains are endless.

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Chains sold to replace the OEM Chains have a connecting link, either Clip or Rivet. Since you will need to break the chain to get it off, then put the new chain together, a chain tool is a very good thing to have. Here's a good one-
http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/partno/08-0470/
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Look at my question again. I was wondering if earlier V:s were lacking the upper (welded?) portion on the left side of the swing arm that I have on mine, which makes it impossible to fit a chain that is endless from start.

I'd say that MANY bike chains BECOME endless when you put them on if they have a riveted connecting link (which is OEM on a V). If it is a clip connection link I'd not say the chain is endless.

Yes, there are chains that are endless (=> and yes, endless is a chain like that does not have two ends from scratch) and yes, you can put them on certain bikes if you loosen/drop the swing. But that will not help on a 2011 V since the chain goes through "the hole" /welded portion of the swing.

Thanks for the tip - I have a chain tool, Baron 650.
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Huh. I've never seen a chain sold that was already connected, but I've never purchased a new OEM chain, only replacements that come with a rivet link. Never occurred to me to drop the swingarm, sounds easier to rivet the chain. Now I've gotta go look closely at my V's swingarm. Interesting. I guess I assumed that OEM chains were riveted together after putting them on. Perhaps they're put on first, then the swingarm afterwards. Well, not for your V swingarm, maybe.

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Gotta agree with HondaGal. Never heard of a chain without a master link as there would be no easy way to adjust length or attach.

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Endless chains were the talk of the town 20 years ago. I had them on the GSX1100
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Well by golly you're right. No way an endless can be used on my '09. Looking close at my original chain, it doesn't look endless - one of the links definitely looks riveted, so I assume that's how the guys and gals at the factory install 'em on the V.

Here ya go:


Though I am a little surprised so many people have never heard of "endless" chains.
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Same for all years- 2007 and up Versys, as well as on Ninja 650R/ER-6, etc...
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Same for all years- 2007 and up Versys, as well as on Ninja 650R/ER-6, etc...
Thanks, Invader
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And so ends the seemingly endless story about the endless chain...
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So it does, ... the seamlessly endless story..
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But the dialogue was riveting!

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But the dialogue was riveting!
and I am going "to clip" this thread out & file it in my Keep Forever Versys-650 Notebook
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