06' DR650 Black Plastic Chainguard-Do I Need It???

Hi . I have the 06' DR650. I just put on the DID Xring Premium gold chain and the 14t/45t sprockets. It is at the shop today and i pick it up 2morro. I want to show off the chain and take off the Black plastic guard that is mounted above the chain. Would this be ok or would you advise against it and why. Thank you :thumbsup:

I too am interested in opinions on this. My 99 does not have it installed, and I never noticed any ill effects. This bike does almost all street miles and I cant see anything getting caught in the chain during my normal riding conditions. However I would be hesitant to ride offroad much with it missing.

Check with your local motorcycle inspection station. PA may require a chain guard, that is if you are riding on the road. Makes me wonder with that gearing?

Mine fell off, and I replaced it. I didn't have any issues while it was gone. If I had soft saddlebags, I would want it there for sure. I think another function is to keep chain lube from getting flung onto the bike or you.

If you ride a lot in the mud, you might want to remove it, as it can get clogged...

been ridin 2 bikes for months without chainguards

street-only, but dirt bikes dont use them either

I took mine off to lube the chain. I've kept it off with no issues for 2000 mi.

If you do any riding in mud keep it on. Otherwise the tire will deposit mud right on top of the chain which will transport it down to the countershaft sprocket. The inside of the countershaft cover will completely pack up with mud ruining the seal.

Awesome! It will be off tomorrow when i pick it up. I do about 95% street anyway. Thank you for all of the replies. It is greatly

appreciated. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :confused:

I broke mine yesterday, tried to super glue it, however I think I'll have to replace it. Where can I find a replacement? Are there better after market replacements out there?

Thanks for any help.

I've got over 12k miles on mine without one. No problems.

If you do any riding in mud keep it on. Otherwise the tire will deposit mud right on top of the chain which will transport it down to the countershaft sprocket. The inside of the countershaft cover will completely pack up with mud ruining the seal.

I stand corrected... I posted what someone told me once. I don't ride in the mud, myself...

If the bike falls over on your leg, engine still running, you might regret taking that guard off.

Hey PoBo, i will send you mine if you need a replacement. No charge of course. :thumbsup:

The chainguard is compulsory for licensing in the UK. Mines came from Italy and didn't have one. I made one myself. think theres a photo in my profile.

taking a passenger can be a bit dodgy with no guard.

without the chain guard - chain oil will fly up onto whatever it lands on - take your guard off and check the underside of it - i like the look without it but the grease flying off is a real downer

Also running with out one your tail section gets sprayed anytime you lube the chain. Also if you ever have a passenger they will have it on their thigh .

i was at the dealer yesterday and the DRZ400's chainguard looks very cool. A lot nicer than on the DR650. I wonder if it will fit? :thumbsup::ride:

The only real reason i can see for keeping the guard is if you carry a passenger, nice for her if the guard is there in case the chain would snap. Even though i'v never heard of it happening on a bike.

In sweden the guard is mandatory if the bike has passenger pegs, otherwise it's no need.

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