How Much Does a Motorcycle Chain Replacement Cost?
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Motorcycle chain replacement is vital to the proper function of the motorcycle. Getting a new chain is necessary when the chain joints have become worn beyond repair and readjusting them back into specification and tolerance is rendered too laborious. There is an array of motorcycle chain options from which you can choose, and this will depend on your requirements and preferences.
How much does it cost?
- On average, the chain itself is going to retail anywhere from $15 to as much as $500. However, most purchases are going to be between the $40 to $150 mark. The costs really come down to the brand of chain, your bike and the store selling the product.
- The Motorcycle-Superstore.com has an array of street motorcycle chains like the BikeMaster standard chains that cost $15 to $116; DID standard roller chains that cost $39 to $47; and the EK motorcycle ring chains with prices that range from $105 to $500. They also offer dirt motorcycle chains such as Renthal o-ring chains that cost $72 to $83; Western Power sports heavy duty motorcycle chains that cost $26 to $40 and the Tsubaki high-performance O-ring choices that range from $153 to $239.
- BikeBandit.com also offers a range of motorcycle chains and sprockets from various manufacturers such as Tsubaki High Performance Roller Motorcycle Chains that cost $84 to $132; Western Power Sports O-Ring Motorcycle Chains priced from $57 to $109; EK Drag Race Motorcycle Chains ranging from $153 to $191 and D.I.D. 520 Super Street Motorcycle Chains that cost $194.
- The prices mentioned above will not include professional labor charges for installation.
What is going to be included?
- Buying a motorcycle chain entails choosing one that suits your motorcycle’s specifications and application. There are multiple options from which you can choose to accommodate varied requirements and preferences. You can choose to purchase a motorcycle chain by itself or you can go with a set that includes the chain and sprocket. The second option would be practical in that it is highly recommended that chains and sprockets should be replaced at the same time.
- When buying a new motorcycle chain, you will first need to choose right type for the application instead of just focusing on the size of the sprocket. For example, a street bike should use an O-ring, while conventional chains are suitable for race bikes.
- Replacing a motorcycle chain can take between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the ability of the person handling the task.
What are the extra costs?
- Removing the chain to install a new one requires the use of tools. If you have not purchased them yet, you will need: (1) a chain breaker to cut off the old chain; (2) a chain press to attach the master link on the new chain; and (3) a chain riveting tool to connect the end parts of the master link during installation.
- It is recommended that you also get a motorcycle chain cleaner and a lubricant as the machine needs to be cleaned and lubricated approximately every 200 miles or so to make it last as long as possible. Choose the most appropriate variety for your motorcycle.
- Changing the chain requires that you replace the sprockets as well. Some retailers offer motorcycle chain and sprocket sets.
- If you are going to have a professional mechanic perform the procedure, factor in an additional $65 to $185 for labor charges alone.
Factors that influence the price:
- Quality. Motorcycle chains with superior quality help in maximizing the efficiency of the machine. While expensive does not always mean better, most branded options have exceptional quality compared with the cheaper models. Branded parts usually have better features that have an influence on the performance and safety of the motorcycle.
- Length. The length of the chain varies from 82 links to 130 links. Some standard roller chains come in 100-foot rolls. The longer the chain, the higher the price will be. An 82-link chain can cost less than $30 while a 100-foot DID standard chain can cost more than $600.
- Application. Some motorcycle chains are designed for certain functions. Chains created for racing purposes, for example, are usually lightweight, have high-performance and the highest wear resistance, with superior tensile strength, with low-friction chains, and are impact-resistant. A high-performance motorcycle chain for racing costs about $80, while a standard motorcycle chain costs around $25.
- Set. Some manufacturers like RK/Vortex provide chain and sprocket kits which cost approximately $260. The set comes with compatible chain and sprocket components having the correct grade and length. This option is practical for those who are looking to save time and effort on looking for the right chain-sprocket match.
Tips to know:
- Buy the best quality motorcycle chain you can afford. The replacement is usually necessary approximately once every 15,000 to 20,000 miles or so. Since the chain is critical to the efficiency of a motorcycle, it is sensible to buy one with superior quality so that you do not have to replace it again in less than the recommended replacement period.
- Make sure to check with your dealer and have them order the parts needed before you bring your motorcycle to their shop. Depending on the supplier, the parts can take up to two weeks to arrive.
- Keep your motorcycle chain clean and well lubricated as much as possible. Dirty chains can greatly shorten the life of the chain. A well maintained chain can last 15,000 to 20,000 miles or more, depending on how you use your motorcycle.
- When replacing the chain, always replace both the sprockets as well. If you have a street bike, it is advised that you use high-quality steel sprockets on both ends. Use aluminum rear sprockets only if you are using a race bike.
How can I save money?
- Depending on the supplier, a chain and sprocket kit may provide savings compared with buying the components separately. Some dealers offer up to 20% discounts on kit purchases.
- Check with online dealers that offer special promotions such as free shipping on minimum orders. Many are also holding a sale on motorcycle chains and offer up to 20% discount on online purchases.
- Seek memberships with online dealers that hold rewards programs to obtain discounts on purchases.
- Sign up with web-based retailers providing newsletters. Many of them often offer discounts and coupons on motorcycle purchases.