So by high wear, how often does it have to be replaced? First I’ve read about thatTo all members of this forum ,have recently discoverd that kawasaki is discontinuing some parts .To be specific primary chain guide upper . Is this a high wear item and if so what do we do for replacements.
So, I got to ask, if your primary drive chain has been so stretched through, as you say, abuse, how has your final drive belt fared? Are you still running your original?Never said the v2k had primary chain issues . was only refering to my particular bike.I can actually hear the chain clatter in neutral , more than likley due to my 52,000miles of abuse wear and tear, or just the stupid in me still coming out after 70 years.
Oh well, that sucks. Basically you rebuild the bottom end if your primary chain stretches past the limit. I think that’s when I sell the bike LOLDoesn't look like a tensioner to me, only guides. Any yes, the service manual does give service limit for stretch and wear. But, there is no replacement interval, only the stretch measurement. Also, when you replace the chain you're supposed to replace the crankshaft since it looks like that drive gear may be integral. Good luck with that.
Yeah well in my experience with metric bikes, especially made in Japan, they really tend to outlive their owner in a manner of speaking. I’m trying to think if over 50 years I have actually blown up a jap bike and I think the answer is maybe my 1969 Yamaha 125 met its demise on my watch, but after that none comes to mind. Bullet proof is the best description I have for Japanese motorcycles, and I was hoping this V2K would merit that same rating…TBD. I have yet to own a Harley Davidson, in part because of the price.Well, I didn't buy mine with the notion of it being indefinitely repairable. That's not typically how it goes with "metric" bikes. You buy a Harley if you want parts support forever sort of thing. IMO, and I'm sure some will disagree, these brands you run the wheels off and normally that's a very long time under normal circumstances and reasonable maintenance. But, some find the high end or the low end of the bell curve with how they run it, and those shouldn't be looked at as signs of great or weak designs. They're outliers. Sucks for sure when you end up on the low end of the bell curve but high duty cycle takes its toll.
And by most accounts they generally are. But, there are always outliers. I've noted a strange occurrence on internet forums, and not just with motorcycles. One oddball occurrence is mentioned and all of a sudden it doesn't matter if 99 people have a good experience. All the focus goes on the 1 and people forget that 1 is the exception, not the norm.and I was hoping this V2K would merit that same rating…TBD.
FWIW, the big online parts house OEM parts status typically reflects availability from the mfg. If the part is listed as Not Available, that's not available from the mfg, not from the parts house.Try contacting Kawasaki directly, to see if they can provide the chain guides you need.
Don't bother with a -arts house, go right to the manufacturer.