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    Hey everyone:

    I have a 2006 Katana 750. It is my first bike and I really love it. I've had it since 2006. It is time to replace tires and chain. I ordered the Michelin Road 4 tires because I heard good things. (Are the tires ok?)
    I live in Florida so I end up in the rain quite often.

    I now need a new chain and sprockets. They have never been changed and are stock. The chain has been serviced a few times but now it is too loose and I cannot tighten it anymore. The bike has about 11,000 miles on it.

    I don't know which chain I should get or what size. I do mostly commuting but I do have some fun on the bike and ride aggressively at times. I usually use the bike just to go to and from work and the gym.

    Can someone please tell me what chain is best and what size chain and sprockets I would need? Also, where can I purchase it? If you have a link that would be great!

    I am fine getting OEM since it has lasted me so long and from everything I can tell it is supposed to be high quality. But if you have suggestions on something better or that will last longer, please let me know. I want something that is at least as good quality though.

    Thank you in advance!

  • #2
    JT Sprockets, and a DID or EK chain and you'll be fine.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by steves View Post
      JT Sprockets, and a DID or EK chain and you'll be fine.
      What size though? I was also recommended to try Sunstar or Vortex. Should I stay away from them?

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      • #4
        You really don't want to use cheap aluminum sprockets.
        15/47 and a 118 link 530 chain as I recall.

        http://katriders.com/vb/showthread.php?t=108832
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        • #5
          What are the thoughts for this one? It looks like it will fit; however, the front sprocket is a steel alloy and not just straight steel...Also it is an X-ring and not an O-ring chain.

          https://www.amazon.com/JT-Sprockets-...+chain+15%2F45

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          • #6
            JT sprockets are I can't remember who produces their chains, so no comment. I'm pretty sure it's a quality co. Though
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            • #7
              Go 15/47 instead of 15/45.
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              • #8
                I have a wall of those sizes.. Need to order one for my custom sprocket.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by steves View Post
                  Go 15/47 instead of 15/45.

                  Why is this better? I really know nothing about this. I am having a very hard time finding a chain that fits the measurements that is made in Japan (the ones I find are China or Taiwan) and then the sprockets I find are steel alloy. Thanks for the help!


                  Edit: Thailand not Taiwan.

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                  • #10
                    Better take off from a stop. Just a hair better
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                    • #11
                      I think I am going to go with this one:

                      http://www.ebay.com/itm/JT-530-X-Rin...l%3AKatana+750

                      sprockets are steel and the chain is JT. Thoughts?

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                      • #12
                        Stick with a name-brand chain like a DID. I bought a cheapie chain from Ebay and it broke after 600 miles.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DayWalkerSC400 View Post
                          I think I am going to go with this one:

                          http://www.ebay.com/itm/JT-530-X-Rin...l%3AKatana+750

                          sprockets are steel and the chain is JT. Thoughts?
                          buy the best one you can afford. if a chain breaks it can do a lot of damage to your bike. I put 50K miles on an RK chain on my 750. used Vortex rear alum. sprocket.
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                          • #14
                            RK, EK, or DID X-Ring chains are your best bet. Shell out the extra cash for a good one. It will be cheaper in the long run. Look at some threads about breaking chains. They usually do more damage than you would expect.
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                            • #15
                              Best combination I've found was 15/49 (although 49 is not easy to come by) Jt front sprocket, supersprox rear sprocket, DID vzmx 118 (my ride is a gsx600f '88)
                              Heard good thing about JT chains, was my first choice (price is awesome) but they could not deliver, so after 3 months waiting for the chain I went for DID
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