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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-21-2012, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Bumble Bee grounded

Hi again,
My name is Keith and I first introduced myself last week, but since then my new 2012 yellow & black Versys (a.k.a. Bumble Bee) is grounded and I'm really missing her; especially since we've finally got some good weather!
She has eaten her way through two chains in quick succession and I don't want to cause any further damage whilst waiting for a response from my local Kawasaki dealership regarding a warranty claim.
I'm back on my old ZX-6R, G2 Ninja for transport at the moment which I actually gave to my young son when I bought the Versys; he can't ride at the moment as he fractured his wrist falling off a skateboard!
Hope to post on the forum relating to premature chain failure before too much longer.
Take care out there!
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Wow.. two chains? One I can see as the rear wheel was out of alignment.. but twice?

Sounds like another thread that was going around here about premature chain failures.

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Wow... Did your dealer give you his best guess?

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There is another thread running on the same problem
Last I remember seeing is that the rear sprocket had the wrong profile on some bikes
But don't trust my memory
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-21-2012, 03:31 PM
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Chain problems are always the result of chain maint. issues. I don't think the warranty will cover you.

1) Too much chain tension (should be 3.0 to 3.5cm)
2) Rear wheel not aligned - did you use a chain alignment tool or do the "string thing", the indicator marks on the swing are are notoriously inaccurate.
3) Worn sprockets (should normally be replaced with the chain as they wear at a similar rate and worn sprockets will destroy a new chain)
4) Chemical solvents destroying the O rings on the chain
5) Not lubing the chain at least every second fill up with good chain lube (recommend Maxima Chain Wax or Dupont)
6) Not cleaning the chain to keep sand and grit from building up on it
7) Are the rear wheel sliding blocks properly installed with the indicator marks in a vertical position?

If there is no paint on the side of the drive sprocket (you need to remove it to see the back) this points to an gross misalignment issue causing the chain wear. If only the master link failed/binds then this is the result of a chain installation issue.

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Does your rear sprocket happen to look like the one in the last picture of this post? The one on the left where the teeth are too big? http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...6&postcount=77

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Originally Posted by Tigerpawed View Post
Does your rear sprocket happen to look like the one in the last picture of this post? The one on the left where the teeth are too big? http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...6&postcount=77
If I were a gambler, I'd bet Tigerpawed has hit upon the problem. Can't imagine what else would destroy two chains in short order other than either one or both sprockets being wrong. I've never been a detective, but something pretty serious is wrong to have eaten two chains so quickly - two new chains as well I would imagine. Hope your dealer provides satisfaction.


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