Yesterday, which will be called Chain Day is a great example. After reading a post that discussed chain maintenance, actually it probably just briefly mentioned the word chain, I was spun off onto a tangent of all things chain related. How does one maintain their chain on a multi-year trip? Is a Scottoiler worth it? Do we pack spare chains? Rivet or clip master links? Finally, do I need to add anything to my ever growing tool kit, is there an online order in my near future? Slowly and with a methodical nature bordering on full fledge mania, I worked my way through this list of questions.
Pass on the Scottoiler. Bring some chain wax and when we run out, switch to gear oil or engine oil if needed. Install new chain before trip. Chain of choice a D.I.D. 520-ZVM-X with a rivet master link. Now we are left with the big question, do we need to order something? One almost feels a lack of accomplishment without an order confirmation email from Amazon/Revzilla/Motorcycle Superstore in their inbox before noon. Motion Pro does make a nifty chain breaker/riveter tool that would look so nice in our tool kit next to some master links and spare chains and sockets. Visions of replacing a broken chain in the middle of a high desert plateau are racing through my mind. Side note here, I did have a chain go on me during my trip to Alaska, so this was not too tasking for my imagination.
So I fired up the browser and in no time reading reviews of the Motion Pro tool, looking at videos of chain installation, researching different types of master links, and before long I had a full Amazon cart and a sense of nearly avoided disaster on that higher desert plateau. Whew, that was a lot of work in the morning. By now I have been through this cycle more times than I care to remember and have a pile of spares and tools at home that can fill a fleet of support vehicles to show for it. So I stepped away from the browser and decided that maybe we don't need the chain tool and spare chain. Probably chains are easily found around the world and if anything we can just bring spare sprockets. I can already feel my tool bag get lighter, nice given we are going to be on 250s.
With that all done, I can try to salvage the rest of the work day before beginning all over again in the morning. Only 7 more months before we leave. Anyone need some spare parts of tools?