by C. Taylor
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Each motorcycle or motorcycle chain contains an inner and an outer link. The outer link attaches to the sides of the inner links to create a smooth and consistent chain with each link angled in the same direction. When counting links, you must count internal and external links separately. If the chain is still on the motorcycle, you may not be able to see the inner links clearly, but the outer link plates will be easily visible.
Support the motorcycle on its maintenance stand, according to its instruction manual. A motorcycle can be propped upside down to access the chain. The goal is to secure the motorcycle and allow the wheel and chain to turn. If the chain is off the motorcycle, you can skip this step.
Mark one of the chains with a grease pen. This will let you know when you get to the start of your count. If one of the links in the chain is separated so that the chain is a single strip rather than a loop, you can simply start at one end instead of marking a link.
Count each outer link, which is easily identifiable by the large plates on either side of the link. Keep counting until you get to the beginning.
Multiply the count by two to include internal links. For example, if you counted 55 external links, you know that there are 110 total links. Since external links can only be attached to internal links and vice versa, there are always an even number of links.
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