Motorcycle Chain Parts and Their Functions

The motorcycle chain is a component that has a function to distribute power from the engine to the rear wheels. The components are of course very familiar to us in everyday life.

This component is one of the vital components that requires extra attention in its maintenance. Therefore, you need to understand the ins and outs of a motorcycle chain.

Starting from parts of a motorcycle chain, how to choose a motorcycle chain, and how to care for it. The following is the name as well as an explanation of the parts of the motorcycle chain.

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Motorcycle Chain

1. Outer Sideplate

A motorcycle chain is a series of interlocked pins. On the outer side, there is an outer sideplate or outer plate that connects the outer plate with pins.

2. Inner Sideplate

Is a component that has a function as a connector between the inner plate and pins. What distinguishes it from the outer sideplate is its position in the chain.

3. Pin

Between the outer plate and the inner plate there is a spherical pin that has a function as a rotating axis. Pins also function to connect the outer plate to the inner plate.

The distance between the pins is calculated in units of pitch, the greater the pitch on the motorcycle chain pins, the greater the power produced.

4. Bushing

The bushing is in the form of a hollow sphere which will then cover the pins on the inside so that they do not come in direct contact with the roller. This component positioned between the pin and roller.

5. Roller

Is a component that has a function that is in direct contact with the sprocket serrations. The roller is in the form of a hollow iron sphere which is on the outermost part so that it covers the bushing.

Tips for Caring for Motorcycle Chains

  • Properly lubricated chains can achieve 98% efficiency or greater in transmission. Chains without the right lubrication will significantly reduce performance and increase chain and sprocket wear.
  • When lubricating, make sure you drip lubricant at the point where the outer plate meets the inner plate.
  • Once you have ascertained the correct tension, tighten the screws on the sprocket and then apply the lubricant to the motorcycle chain as recommended by your motorcycle chain manufacturer.
  • Replace the gear set and chain when it looks worn, you can see this condition when the distance between the links is no longer the same. If left unchecked, this could be one of the causes of the motorcycle chain to fall out of gear or even break.

Use a motorcycle chain that fits the engine capacity and is suitable for your daily use. Use the lubricant recommended by the manufacturer and replace your motorcycle gear set and chain before it wears out.