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Unhappy 2017 Rebel 500 & I already need a new chain?

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This is my first bike and second season of riding, so I appreciate any help or rationale you can provide. I purchased my bike end of summer last year, and up to date I have put 6000 miles on that bad boy. I ride every chance I get. I took my bike into a independent shop near my home and had them perform a Safety maintenance and sanity check. I was told my bike's chain is kinked up and too rusted to last another 500 miles, before doing permanent damage to the sprockets. The technician told me that it looked like the chain was never lubed, but oddly enough I had brought it in for regular maintenance. The bike has been garaged 75% of the time when not in use, but he also told me that even if it wasn't garaged, a properly lubed chain would not have rusted so badly. In short, I am in the market for a new chain and would rather purchase it myself and have the shop install it. Any recommendations, like O-Ring, X-Ring? I also believe the chain is 530x130, can anyone confirm? Thank you all for the help in advance!
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hmm....this thread is a good reminder for me to lube my chain lol.
Haven't done so since before storing it in winter. Thanks for the reminder!

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Not intended as a lecture, but for future reference...

Tire pressure / wear and chain slack / lube are things that you should be checking on a regular basis.

Anything happens to those while you're riding could end badly...
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Not intended as a lecture, but for future reference...

Tire pressure / wear and chain slack / lube are things that you should be checking on a regular basis.

Anything happens to those while you're riding could end badly...
I was just going to say the same thing. Lube is not something you do when you take the bike for regular maint. The chain should be done by you basicaly something checked and done quite frequently. With that many miles you should have been doing it quite often.
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Ken,


You are correct on the chain size. Would you mind posting a photo of the chain? I'm curious to see what it looks like. I'm always skeptical when it comes to dealing with a service department, there's always the possibility the tech is trying to pop you for some quick money.



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Hello fellow riders!
The technician told me that it looked like the chain was never lubed, but oddly enough I had brought it in for regular maintenance. The bike has been garaged 75% of the time when not in use, but he also told me that even if it wasn't garaged, a properly lubed chain would not have rusted so badly. In short, I am in the market for a new chain and would rather purchase it myself and have the shop install it. Any recommendations, like O-Ring, X-Ring? I also believe the chain is 530x130, can anyone confirm? Thank you all for the help in advance!
I took my bike into the 600 mile oil change/check up. The oil was changed but the chain was never cleaned, I ended up learning to do it myself. If it looks dirty or if 600 miles come up, do it yourself.
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Ken,


You are correct on the chain size. Would you mind posting a photo of the chain? I'm curious to see what it looks like. I'm always skeptical when it comes to dealing with a service department, there's always the possibility the tech is trying to pop you for some quick money.



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Unfortunately, I have had it serviced since, but the tech said it's still slightly kinked and a lot of the rust did not come off. I will post pictures when I get a chance, but it does look a thousand times better then it did before. If I did have to replace it, any recommendations on the chain type and brand? Thanks again for the feedback.
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Thanks everyone for the advice and glad to be a reminder for you dollarbill181, wish the dealership would have mentioned that I would be lubing the chain myself instead of letting me think it was part of the maintenance they do when I bring it in. Lesson learned and noted, now to find a decent chain. Any recommendations? I see $50 chains on Amazon, do you think it would be a good buy or spend the 100+ for the others?
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Thanks everyone for the advice and glad to be a reminder for you dollarbill181, wish the dealership would have mentioned that I would be lubing the chain myself instead of letting me think it was part of the maintenance they do when I bring it in. Lesson learned and noted, now to find a decent chain.
Do you not have the owner's manual?

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Honda Parts website has the chain listed for $44 dollars US. Unless you're looking for something high-performance this should do you.



CHAIN, CAM (130L) (SCH-0409 SV) (DAIDO)
14401-MGZ-J01
Your Price: $44.00


Amazon has it for 53 plus free shipping: https://www.amazon.com/HONDA-14401-M...=14401-MGZ-J01



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