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Towing the bike with a cradle

Hi there, I'm moving from VA to CO (26 hr - over two days) in my Jeep Cherokee 2000. I'll be towing my '04 Honda Shadow 600 with a towing cradle in a 5th wheel set-up. I'm planning on removing the chain from the rear sprocket to avoid damage to the transmission. I'd love thoughts on: 1. How to loosen the chain to remove it from the rear sprocket (I believe there is no master link in the chain) and 2. How to tie up the loose chain so it doesn't drag while in transit. Thanks!

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  • Rodrigo Riadi May 27, 2009

    Thanks for the quick reply!  I would love to hear any tips you might have on how to remove the front sprocket - 
    1. I'm guessing it is the chromed piece that's flush with the chromed engine block cover?
    2. If so, there's apparently one bolt attaching it to the bike - is that the one?
    3. If so, is it just removing the bolt to access the front sprocket?

    4. and finally if so, will I need any special tools (like a torque wrench) to replace the sprocke after removal?
    5. Any other thoughts?

    Thanks so much for the thoughts!

  • Rodrigo Riadi Jun 03, 2009

    Thanks again! Unfortunately the front sprocket won't come off without loosening the back wheel. But loosening the chain from the back wheel alone is also not enough because without removing the front sprocket there's nowhere to safely tie the chain down. So I will both loosen the back wheel and remove the front sprocket and then tie down the chain to the frame and metal guard, retighten the back wheel to tow the bike and off I go. Reverse the whole procedure once I get there. Thanks!!



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The easiest thing is to remove the front sprocket cover then just slide the sprocket off the output shaft. Now no adjustments are needed to the wheel to get going again. Use wire or duct tape to hold the chain. DO NOT use twine or similar rope. They can come untied and / or stretch.

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  • tombones May 27, 2009

    A 3/8" impact driver to remove and tighten screws and bolts is the best tool to have when doing anything on a bike. Guys without the tool usually strip out the philips head screws when working on a bike. The impact driver eliminates that. It is a low cost tool.

    The chain runs from the back wheel sprocket to the front sprocket. Normally there is a metal cover plate hiding the front sprocket. Remove the cover plate and you can see the sprocket with the chain on it. There will be one or possibly two screws holding a metal clip in place. Remove the screw(s) and clip and the sprocket should slide right off the shaft.

    No torque wrench is needed. Just use the impact driver to put all screws and bolts back in place and tight. When you get the tool (Sears has them) ask the salesman how to use it. Get a #2 Phillips and a standard screwdriver head. You can use a standard metric socket set as well with this tool.

    Can I get a top rating on this answer? Thanks!

  • tombones Jun 03, 2009

    I was hoping there was enough slack in the chain to allow the rear wheel to be untouched. It sounds like you have the situation in hand though. Have a good trip.



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