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Building motorbike snow chains

When it comes to motorbike snow chains the market isn't exactly flooded with options, there are a few floating around the internet but very limited regarding tyre sizes.  Because there were none available in my tyre size I decided to create my own. The following is some information about how I created mine, this is by no means an exhaustive resource for creating motorbike snow chains, however it should be of great help if you are considering building your own.

Sourcing the parts

Main road-wearing chain: Because this has to be quality high tensile chain and nowhere I could find supplied this by the length, I purchased car chains and cut out the required sections. This was a very expensive portion of the total cost, sourcing chain by the length would be far more economical

Inner chain: Running around the inside of the tyre this is used to hold the chains together, it needs only be a mild steel chain that can be purchased from any chain wholesaler or retailer at a pretty low cost

Chain joiners: Because small slimline chain joiners weren't available, I used links from the mild steel chain used for the inner chains (mentioned above), hacksawed through the join weld, opened the link up with a pair of pliers, used this to connect the main road wearing chain to the inner chain, and closed the chain link back up to be re-welded.  Voilà, a makeshift chain joiner

Stainless steel carabiners: Used to join the two inner chains together.  For this I used heavy grade stainless steel carabiners purchased from a hardware store.

Springs: Strong springs are required to combat the centrifugal force and stop the chains rubbing on your swingarm.  These were also purchased from a hardware store, most hardware stores have a spring section of some description.  They are surprisingly expensive however, 12 springs at $10 each came to $120

Spring S hooks: these hooks were purchased from a hardware store and were of minimal cost. The end that clips onto the spring is compressed in on itself so it is permanately attached to the spring making fitting more time efficient.

Assembling the motorbike snow chains

This was the time-consuming bit as it takes a long time line up the links correctly to get a nice snug fit around the tyre.  Trial and error is really the only real way and even though it may take some time, this is really the only major time consuming part.  Once this is done and the chain joins have been re-welded, basically the snow chains are complete and are ready to be fitted with the carabiners and the springs.

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Motorbike snow chains put into action!

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