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Hi Folks; Need your wisdom;

I tightened my chain up slightly last weekend (on my 821 Hyper - 15k miles on it) and after a 100 mile ride started hearing a clunking noise while rolling the bike.

Upon close examination it appears the master (riveted) link is so sloppy loose that when it attempts to roll onto the rear sprocket it misses slightly. Sprocket teeth look fine.

I read on the forums about chain wear and stretch and all recommend replacing the entire chain, but on mine the only link stretched or messed up is the master.

Ducati dealer wants $300 to replace the entire chain and says with 15k miles it is time to replace. Can I just replace the master link myself ?

If I can save a few Benjamins that would be nice. If I need a new chain I'll bite the bullet....vs the pavement.

Thanks for all the wisdom!
 

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If the chain has 15,000 miles on it, the dealer is right. Replace the chain, it's much cheaper than wrapping the chain around the counter-shaft sprocket and trashing your motor. I'd swap out the sprockets at the same time if it was me.
 

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Upon close examination it appears the master (riveted) link is so sloppy loose that when it attempts to roll onto the rear sprocket it misses slightly.
I don't think I'd even want to ride it to the shop like that. :surprise:

If you have AAA they will pick up a disabled bike from your home and take to shop. You do not have to break down roadside. AMA membership likely has the same benefit. I used AAA for my issue so not sure.
 

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+1 chain and sprockets.
I'm guessing you're not inclined to replace the chain and sprockets yourself?

I like the DID zvm
https://motowheels.com/i-7185647-d-i-d-525-zvm-x-chain.html

While you're at it, a case saver.
https://motowheels.com/i-8328068-corse-dynamics-ducati-stainless-steel-case-saver-chain-guard.html

While you've got your wallet out :) I reluctantly bought an automatic chain oiler a few years ago but it doubled my chain life from around 12k miles to 24k, so it paid for itself pretty quickly. I have them on 3 bikes now.
I like the scottoiler, simple, easy to fit and it works.
https://www.scottoiler.com/
 

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While you've got your wallet out :) I reluctantly bought an automatic chain oiler a few years ago but it doubled my chain life from around 12k miles to 24k, so it paid for itself pretty quickly. I have them on 3 bikes now.
I like the scottoiler, simple, easy to fit and it works.
https://www.scottoiler.com/
Long-distance cruisers all use scott oilers, they really do work well. Unless you are religious about checking and lubing your chain (and let's face it, none of us are), then the chain will get drier than it should which causes greatly accelerated wear.
 

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Great idea! I have AAA and will definitely have them transport he bike. Thank you so much!
 
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