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    Default Chain vs Shaft

    Asalam Alaikum
    how are all?

    There are 2 major final drive types.
    1. Chain
    Chain vs Shaft -1705645

    2. Shaft
    Chain vs Shaft -1705646

    Which is better?
    Who is giving good performance?
    What is effect of engine?
    Fuel Consumption?


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    Which is better?
    Chain gives better performance... But it needs constant maintenance... Like lubrication and tightening etc periodically... Shafts and belts are maintenance free... No lubrication but when the shaft and or belt breaks, you'll have to pay a hefty price...!

    Who is giving good performance?
    Shafts (And also belt drives to some extent) are maintenance free... But unfortunately, they can't handle more HP (Like 150+)... I watched a Harley Davidson V-Rod documentary over at National Geographic and the bike designer said that "The Screaming Eagle V-Rod" has a chain drive simply because a belt or a shaft can't handle all that torque and engine revolutions... You won't see a belt or a shaft in a sports bike, trust me...! So, in short, chains give good seamless performance...

    In off-road motorcycles, you'd NEVER see shafts or belts (except for BMW R1200GS Series, which BTW is not a SERIOUS off-raoder) simply because shaft and/or belts would never survive the torture and ridiculous amount of vibes of a pure dirt bike...!


    What is effect of engine?
    Shaft drive has a little 'phenomenon' called shaft effect or simply "shaft jacking" which make a little delay in power delivery... As I said, if you need seamless performance, go with good ol' chains...!

    Fuel Consumption?
    It's slightly debatable... Some say that since chains are seamless and doesn't waste any energy in the drivetrain hence you get more HP/Torque at the rear wheel, they give better performance, have less drive-train losses and in turn better fuel consumption...
    In my personal verdict, the fuel consumption will be more less the same... Just a ~2MPG difference at most... But that's just my personal opinion...

    Have a good day...!

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    both have ups and downs shafts are mostly found on touring bikes atv's chain on everything else . ive owned both it all depends on frame gearing engine size use. shaft is more stronger but more expensive when it goes wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by k-four-nine View Post
    Which is better?
    Chain gives better performance... But it needs constant maintenance... Like lubrication and tightening etc periodically... Shafts and belts are maintenance free... No lubrication but when the shaft and or belt breaks, you'll have to pay a hefty price...!

    Who is giving good performance?
    Shafts (And also belt drives to some extent) are maintenance free... But unfortunately, they can't handle more HP (Like 150+)... I watched a Harley Davidson V-Rod documentary over at National Geographic and the bike designer said that "The Screaming Eagle V-Rod" has a chain drive simply because a belt or a shaft can't handle all that torque and engine revolutions... You won't see a belt or a shaft in a sports bike, trust me...! So, in short, chains give good seamless performance...

    In off-road motorcycles, you'd NEVER see shafts or belts (except for BMW R1200GS Series, which BTW is not a SERIOUS off-raoder) simply because shaft and/or belts would never survive the torture and ridiculous amount of vibes of a pure dirt bike...!


    What is effect of engine?
    Shaft drive has a little 'phenomenon' called shaft effect or simply "shaft jacking" which make a little delay in power delivery... As I said, if you need seamless performance, go with good ol' chains...!

    Fuel Consumption?
    It's slightly debatable... Some say that since chains are seamless and doesn't waste any energy in the drivetrain hence you get more HP/Torque at the rear wheel, they give better performance, have less drive-train losses and in turn better fuel consumption...
    In my personal verdict, the fuel consumption will be more less the same... Just a ~2MPG difference at most... But that's just my personal opinion...

    Have a good day...!
    very very very well explained

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    Quote Originally Posted by f4fraz View Post
    very very very well explained
    I'm grateful, brother...!

    And thanks for all those likes, my fellow Pakwheelers...!

    Have a great day to you all...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by k-four-nine View Post
    I'm grateful, brother...!

    And thanks for all those likes, my fellow Pakwheelers...!

    Have a great day to you all...!
    no matter some times u become so positive.
    but some time u felt in the typewriter and pressed by keys.
    hope u understand.
    peace for all

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