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Exposed versus Covered Rear Wheel Chains in Bikes

Do You Prefer Exposed OR Covered Rear Wheel Chains in Bikes?  

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  1. 1. Do You Prefer Exposed OR Covered Rear Wheel Chains in Bikes?

    • Covered and fully enclosed in Chain Cover-Like Most Bikes
      8
    • Partly Covered and enclosed in Half Chain Cover-Like Bullet
      5
    • Fully Exposed Chain Sans Any Cover
      7


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Motorbike Rear (Drive) Wheel Chains range from being fully enclosed like most 100-150 plus cc bikes in the Indian market to partly covered (top part) like the Enfield Bullet and its variants to the chain being fully exposed like the new Yamaha R 15 and FZ 16.

I would prefer closed chains as there is no fun in having open uncovered chains. The latter collect all the dust, grime and maybe even mud from splashes are unsafe in Indian conditions wherein the pillion may be wearing  sarees, loose salwar suits,ghagra cholis  or even pyjamas and dhotis, where the cloth may turn out to be risky for the riders.

My choice is a covered chain and not the new Yamaha like open and exposed ones.

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anjan_c20072008-10-10 18:35:53

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Very good topic!

Safety should be of paramount concern in bike manufacturers mind, otherwise, also bike riders are exposed to numerous risks from external elements in this Country, atleast on the  bike per say, manufacturers should try to cut out whatever they can.

I have seen numerous accidents in which dupattas of Women get stuck in chains, this can be easily avoided.

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Yeah, I agree. Safety is the prime concern when it comes to bikes as the rider is directly exposed to the damage caused by even a small accident.. FOr Indian road conditions, Chains within enclosure is the only suited system...

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well for me as i usually drive alone and never wear those pyjamas, its fully exposed like new yamahas coz they look sporty and for if i am willing to pay for sporty bike then i should feel it...they really look good especially in bike like FZ16....

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Anjan I completely agree with you but nowadays people (futhur youth)have started wearing jeans and stuff which aint loose also I voted for partly chain covered one as seen in the R1 .I had discusses earlier about o ring sealed chains .Manufacturers claim it to give better performance and style (may be another cost cutting factor)

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Anjan, this is really a good topic to discuss on.....

Guys! it doesnt matter what we r wearing while driving. whats matters is the pilion rider's dress. if a female is sitting with u, you cant expect her to wear jeans all the time..... in such cases if t he chain is not covered it could lead to a disasters.....

At any point of time person whoz driving will not be facing any problem, but pilion rider might have to face them, if the chain is not properly covered & on top of it pilion rider wearing a loose garment - just imagine what COULD happen.....

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To prevent the sarees and dupattas of ladies, a saree guard is fitted on each and every bike available in India. And it itself is enough to save the saree from getting stuck in chain.

The disasters happen because some people remove the saree guards from their bikes to make the bike look COOL. But its not the fault of exposed chain. The sarees can even stuck in the wheels of bike. The other reason for such cases is the ignorance from the part of females who do not even bother to see where their dupattas are going. Recently, one of my friend was going with his wife on Pulsar 220 and the dupatta of his wife ot stuck in rear disk and made it free i.e. the brake did not work afterwards. Now, a chain cover could not have prevented this. I have seen hundreds of ladies sitting in a car and their sarees come out of the doors. Isn't that ignorance?

Actually, both the rider as well as the pillion have to be more responsible if we want to save us from such hazards.

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whether r15 or not u cant say that ladies will not sit behind u in future..suppose if u want to take ur mother/sister out and if car is not available so u will not use bike or what...though it would be very rare or occasionally but still u cant ignore it.. ..and i completely agree with hsbsx4 as sarees cant only stuck in chains...before many years i was small and was sitting at back of my brothers bike my shoe got stuck in wheel and my toe got injured so poor chain didnt played any role in this...wheel comes before chain and is more riskier than chain...

even i have seen many sarees/dupattas hanging out of the car and sometimes even disturbing 2wheelers.... bluesapphire2008-10-11 16:33:28

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Exposed chain also makes it easy for the thief to steel the chain and sell it in to raddi wala who will give him hand some amount in return .I have seen it so its no prediction.

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If all the people clamouring for the ugly completely enclosed chains had their way on this forum, we would soon see CBR 1000's, R1's and Busa's running ugly completely enclosed chains.

I don't think exposed chains work out as cheaper, because they have to be superior, sealed and pre lubed. Nor are they that much more dangerous.

By this argument, the guys wanting a fully enclosed chain will tomorrow want saree guards for both sides of the rear wheel, possibly even the front, and a crash bar running all round the bike. Maybe even a pair of extra wheels on both sides of the rear tyre while they rode the bike safely without the chance of it tipping over when they take a corner. And how about fully enclosed wheels on both ends too, so that there is no risk of saree s going in there either?

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I think in muddy areas covered chain is must otherwise during rainy season it will catch so much mud that its smooth functioning will not be possible  ,in other areas it can be used ,to have open chain is good idea because you dont have to open chain covers for oiling and greasing.but in muddy areas with heavy rainfall it will be cumbersome task to daily clean your bike ,and in rainy season it will be very difficult

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I'm not bothered how technically advanced the open- O ring sealed chain is!!!

But Safety is utmost concern in a india where almost all our dress are porn to get pulled by the open chain.

I have come across many such cases and at most of the times its FATAL.

Deepak DS

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The company's will not employ a tech which does bad. They'd done many researches before implementing them. The person sitting at the back should be careful. Even there is a chance of the getting stuck in the wheel.

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