Put a chain breaking tool on the chain and push the rivets out – do a bit on each side at a time until the chain ‘breaks’ open. I did this with a bicycle chain breaker (see bottom) and it worked fine. Once you’ve ‘broken’ apart the master link the chain will come apart and you can pull it through and free of the bike.
Registered. Present OEM sportbike chains use the rivet type master link. The master link is as strong as the rest of the chain when it is installed correctly.
What causes a motorcycle chain to break?
Chains break for a host of reasons, but most common is wear. For example, if a chain has been ridden for 2500 miles, it will actually stretch out. Correspondingly, a ridden chain will be longer from link to link than a new chain. Because the chain is stretched, the metal fatigues is more susceptible to failure.
With a pair of pliers in your dominant hand, grip one side of the chain at about 3 o’clock. Grip the opposite side of the link with a second pair of pliers in your other hand. Pull your dominant hand towards you and your other hand away from you until the link opens.
How do you break a chain without a bolt cutter?
If you don’t have bolt cutters or you have a hardened metal chain that bolt cutters won’t cut through, you can use a saw instead. There are a wide variety of saws that will effectively cut through a chain. Pick a saw to use.
- Metal grinder, such as an angle grinder.
- Reciprocating saw.
- Coping saw.