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Need a source in Peru/Bolivia/Chile for a 2001 BMW F650 engine chain.

Hey guys, does anyone know a source for a f650 engine chain (2001) in Peru, Chile, or Bolivia. I just had a valve adjustment done and the mechanic told me that the engine chain was too tight? Does this sound right to you? I thought chains could only become too lose over time. He did seem like a good mechanic.

(BTW: Sorry for not checking travelers writeups for where to get service. I would do that normally but I am paying to use the internet here. grrr

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The drive chain is adjustable.
Who last adjusted it?
The chain on your bike is a 520, and should be availble at moto shops in large cities. It's a very common chain the world-over.

How are your sprockets?
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The drive chain is adjustable.
Who last adjusted it?
The chain on your bike is a 520, and should be availble at moto shops in large cities. It's a very common chain the world-over.

How are your sprockets?
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He is talking about the Timing Chain
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He is talking about the Timing Chain
Yeah, I responded to this post first...
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He is talking about the Timing Chain
Yep, I looked at the other post first and it is confusing!

So, which chain are you talking about Gatogato?

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1. The timing chain should not be that knackered at 25000 miles (?)
2. I guess it has an auto tensioner like most bikes
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Yep, I looked at the other post first and it is confusing!

So, which chain are you talking about Gatogato?

Footnotes:

1. The timing chain should not be that knackered at 25000 miles (?)
2. I guess it has an auto tensioner like most bikes

Sorry for the confusion, it is the timing chain I am talking about.
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Sorry for the confusion, it is the timing chain I am talking about.
Here's some unsolicited advice.

I think it's great that you've blasted off on this trip, really. Don't take this the wrong way when I suggest that you not mess around with your bike unless you're aware of its basic requirements, or it's really running poorly. The bike is probably good to go for the remainder of your trip. Unless a fellow rider or 'real' mechanic who knows this bike is there to help, leave it alone.

Be aware of your chain (not cam) and sprocket needs, and plan ahead. A knowledgeable and friendly rider you meet can probably offer you some good advice regarding the condition of those parts.

There are some great mechanics in S/A who monitor this site and they can help, but be very leary of 'any' mechanic messing with the innards of your bike's motor. I cringe at the thoughts of what could happen. Really, man.

You don't 'have to' learn anything about your bike, but if you meet some people who can teach you a few basics, don't pass up the opportunity.

Best to you, ride on......
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