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I've explained this to you over and over, but I will explain it again for you.

Many motorcycles use a chain to transfer power to the rear wheel because it is the lightest, strongest, and most efficient way to transfer power, as well as the least expensive.

It is just of of several features of my motorcycle that allows me to get about the same amount of horsepower to my rear wheel as, say, a Gold Wing - but with four less cylinders and 800 fewer CC's. This also allows for a smaller, lighter motorcycle which allows the rear wheel to accelerate the motorcycle at a much higher rate. In addition, the smaller, more compact engine allows greater lean angles to be achieved.
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I've explained this to you over and over, but I will explain it again for you.

Many motorcycles use a chain to transfer power to the rear wheel because it is the lightest, strongest, and most efficient way to transfer power, as well as the least expensive.

It is just of of several features of my motorcycle that allows me to get about the same amount of horsepower to my rear wheel as, say, a Gold Wing - but with four less cylinders and 800 fewer CC's. This also allows for a smaller, lighter motorcycle which allows the rear wheel to accelerate the motorcycle at a much higher rate. In addition, the smaller, more compact engine allows greater lean angles to be achieved.
Yes, now I recall this discussion. An ancient design still used (least expensive) that also affords continual maintenance and replacement costs (including sprockets) along with noise and grime. BTW, many, many sub 1000cc motorsickles are shaft driven.

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drive shafts belong on cars... like your 2 wheel civic...
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An ancient design still used (least expensive) that also affords continual maintenance and replacement costs (including sprockets) along with noise and grime.
I would imagine you will continue to see chains in use until somebody finds something better.

Hell, even BMW did away with the drive shaft when they started building performance motorcycles.
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drive shafts belong on cars... like your 2 wheel civic...
And chains belong on bicycles.

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I would imagine you will continue to see chains in use until somebody finds something better.

Hell, even BMW did away with the drive shaft when they started building performance motorcycles.
Absolutely no argument there is an application for chains on motorsickles, ie: race conditions. IMHO street or mostly street use is not one of them. YMMV..

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Today's x ring chains are unbelievable, 30000 miles with 3 or 4 adjustments, and very little lubing. Today's chain lubes are much better as well. Still a PIA compared to a shaft drive system on a much ridden street bike, but FAR better than they used to be.
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Today's x ring chains are unbelievable, 30000 miles with 3 or 4 adjustments, and very little lubing. Today's chain lubes are much better as well.
Agreed! 12000 miles on my Tiger, one maybe two chain adjustments, don't remember exactly, lube every 3-500 miles with Dupont Teflon Chain Lube. Its really not a big deal and that Teflon lube is great as it dries and doesn't attract dirt.
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I don't mind having a chain so long as the bike is equipped with a center stand. I'd rather have a belt drive, like my old Buell had. No adjustment, ever. Then again, I did have that pesky bit about fasteners falling off at random places.
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84 nighthawk 700s 28 years old same shaft 39k miles
95 BMW 1100 17 years old same shaft 130k miles

What is a chain anyway?
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