A small background, I know little to nothing about motorcycles. The R1 was my first, and it's been an absolutely wonderful learning experience. I've found this forum to be incredibly helpful, and for that I thank every one of you. But now, if you don't mind, I have a couple questions I am hoping you guys may be able to help me on.
So today I finally got my chain kit(Thanks Motomummy!), I was in dire need of a chain, mine was rusty as can be, and starting to lock up a little. I was able to get the back tire off with ease, install some Gilles chain adjusters(once again thanks to the wonderful members here), once again with ease... But now for the problem... I have no idea how to get to the front sprocket? Do I remove the shifter rod(if that is even the appropriate name)? I was having a hell of a time attempting to, to the point I was afraid something would break, so I stopped.
And as for my second question, does anyone know where I can get my new chain broken down to the correct size? I am in Northern NJ, and don't mind a bit of a ride. I foolishly didn't purchase a chain breaker, and don't really have access to any power tools to attempt to do it any other way. Also, it came with a master link, but I've been hearing more about riveting the link back on, is this more effective? Is it something I should worry about as a casual rider?
Any info or tips you guys have would be wonderful. Once again I absolutely love this forum. Here's a few picks of her taken apart, with some of her goodies. Don't judge me to much, before this I couldn't even take apart a bicycle.
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