Renthal 520 R1 Race Chain

Renthal 520 R1 Race Chain
Renthal 520 R1 Race Chain

$95.99

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GreenCP13 Top 1000 Contributor Verified Purchaser
Tennessee, USA
Durability 5/5 Ease of Installation 5/5 Performance 5/5 Style 5/5
Best Chain On The Market

I have used these chains for the last 3 seasons. After the initial adjustment they hold their length well and last forever. I replace them occasionally as preventive maintenance but would not be afraid to put one of the old ones on at any race.

Tyler Verified Purchaser
NJ
Durability 5/5 Ease of Installation 5/5 Performance 5/5 Style 5/5
Renthal gold chain

Works well, worth the money for a quality product and looks great

Renthal 520 R1 Race Chain
KRUSHER Top 250 Contributor
Oregon, USA
Durability 5/5 Ease of Installation 5/5 Performance 5/5 Style 5/5
Renthal is boss

First time using this chain but it's made by Renthal so I'm sure I will be more than happy. The gold finish is very clean and also makes it very easy to make sure it's spotless when your washing.

Renthal 520 R1 Race Chain
Rick Verified Purchaser
Rose City, MI 48654, USA
Durability 5/5 Ease of Installation 5/5 Performance 5/5 Style 5/5
LIGHT AND DURABLE

THE GOLD FINISH IS FACTORY LOOKING AND MAKES IT EASIER TO CLEAN, VERY DURABLE CHAIN.

Bulldog14 Verified Purchaser
Duncan, SC, USA
Durability 5/5 Ease of Installation 5/5 Performance 5/5 Style 4/5
Renthal 520 R1 Race chain

This is a excellent chain for off road racing. My son has been racing motocross for 11 years now, and this is far the best chain we have used. I would highly recommend this chain for anyone looking for something that is very durable and also to get great performance. Excellent chain all around..

Bigslowmo51 Verified Purchaser
South Carolina
Durability 5/5 Ease of Installation 5/5 Performance 5/5 Style 5/5
Good stuff

I got the R1 non O-ring for a Honda CRF250R It will Outlast the sprockets

jdouble683 Verified Purchaser
Durability 5/5 Ease of Installation 4/5 Performance 5/5 Style 5/5
Best chain

One of the best chains money can buy it's well worth it and it outlast any other company. I've been using the R1 chain for quite a few years and have not been let down.

Clark58mx Verified Purchaser
New Wilmington PA
Durability 5/5 Ease of Installation 5/5 Performance 5/5 Style 4/5
Renthal Chain

Durable and the gold looks trick.

Rosie Verified Purchaser
Durability 5/5 Ease of Installation 5/5 Performance 5/5 Style 5/5
Bling

I wear it around my neck. To pretty to get dirty.

mattmatt Verified Purchaser
Durability 5/5 Ease of Installation 5/5 Performance 5/5 Style 5/5
Chain

great product

jtate27 Verified Purchaser
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Durability 5/5 Ease of Installation 5/5 Performance 5/5 Style 5/5
Upgrade from stock

Needed to replace an old O-ring chain that the previous owner had installed on a bike I bought. So far great chain. Minimal drag, looks good and durable. Make sure you have a chain breaker to properly fit.

Canesfan Verified Purchaser
Waxhaw, NC
Durability 5/5 Ease of Installation 5/5 Performance 5/5 Style 4/5
Motosport is hands down the best!

Yes this chain is the deal, trust me, I race and Im an old man and I have used them all and hands down a Renthal R1 is superb. Got to say Motosport takes care of their customers in a timely fashion. I couldn't be any more impressed and this is my one stop shop!!

Tyler Top 1000 Contributor
Aberdeen, WA, USA
Durability 5/5 Ease of Installation 5/5 Performance 5/5 Style 5/5
Tough and good looking!

Great chain! Its slow to stretch and easy to clean. I have them on 2 and 4 strokes...all work perfect. The masterlink is tough also and easy to install. Price is good too!

Tripod Top 1000 Contributor Verified Purchaser
Marietta, GA, USA
Durability 5/5 Ease of Installation 5/5 Performance 5/5 Style 5/5
Great Product

This chain is the right setup for me....lasts for a long time....with proper adjustments....and lubrication

skidmark Top 500 Contributor Verified Purchaser
Arlington, TX, USA
Durability 5/5 Ease of Installation 5/5 Performance 5/5 Style 5/5
Good chain

its a drive chain. Went on personal brand preference with this. Could have saved about twenty bucks by getting a standard gray or black chain in another brand. but I have to admit that the gold chain just looks awesome.

Dirtysdad Verified Purchaser Top 50 Contributor
Atlanta, GA, USA
Durability 4/5 Ease of Installation 5/5 Performance 4/5 Style 5/5
Renthal R1 chain

Good chain for the price

Chris Verified Purchaser
Chula Vista, CA, USA
Durability 5/5 Ease of Installation 5/5 Performance 5/5 Style 5/5
Renthal 520 R1 Gold Race Chain - 120 Links

Excellent chain for the price, very little stretch.

NorthWestRacing141
Jacksonville, FL, USA
Durability 3/5 Ease of Installation 4/5 Performance 4/5 Style 4/5
Give and Take with the R1

I have ran the Renthal R1 chain on my 250's, 250F's, and 450's since 2000.

I have had some R1 chains last a year and a half and others last about 6 races. Out of the 20 something R1's I've used over the years, I have only had about 4 "duds"

I didn't bother trying to get a hold of Renthal or the place I purchased the "dud" chains from. I just sucked it up and purchased another one.

Grunt Verified Purchaser
Kansas City, KS, USA
Durability 5/5 Ease of Installation 5/5 Performance 5/5 Style 5/5
Renthal 520 R1 Gold Race Chain

Over the years I have bought many Renthal 520 R1 Gold Race Chains as I have many off road motorcycles. Through many hours of racing, the Renthal chain has always demonstrated excellent durability, dependability and practically no stretching while submitted to the rigors of Motocross plus they add to the bling factor with that gold finish. When I find a great product I stick with it and the Renthal Gold has never let me down.

1985 TY 350 With Renthal Gold Chain
1975 CZ 400 With a Renthal Gold Chain
PiggMoto Verified Purchaser
Pikeville, KY 41501, USA
Durability 5/5 Ease of Installation 4/5 Performance 4/5 Style 5/5
Only Chain I Use

This is the only chain I put on my bikes!

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13 Questions
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twiggy
Q: What is a wear life index on chains?
1 year 3 months ago
MotoSportExpert
MotoSport Staff Expert
1 year 3 months ago
A: The Renthal chains don’t have a wear life index, which is basically just an arbitrary number derived from comparing to a “standard” 100 link chain, it isn’t a very useful number.

Chain wear is best measured by using a chain tool and measuring the elongation or amount of “stretch” over 16 pins, each chain has a maximum allowable measurement before needing replacement and below is the information.

Here’s the length on the R1 520, 259mm or 10.197 inches.
shiv
Location: michigan
Q: What is the chain slack spec for a 1986 yz125, and the rear axil torque?
2 years 7 months ago
MotoSportRyanT
Expert MotoSport Staff
2 years 7 months ago Location: Portland, OR, USA
A: Unfortunately, I would not have the specific service specifications for your 1986 Yamaha YZ125. I would have to recommend you refer to the service manual for your bike or contact your nearest Yamaha Motorcycle Dealership for that information.
skidmark
Top 1000 Contributor Top 500 Contributor
2 years 2 months ago Location: Arlington, TX, USA
A: No clue on the specs but slack is usually 2-21/2 inches from top of swingarm in the middle of the chain. Or 2 or 3 fingers space with fingers vertical depending on riding conditions. For muddy conditions I always adjust the chain slightly more loose. As far as rear axle torque, prob somewhere between 50 and 65 lbs/ft. For exact specs you would need the bike specific manual for both specs. You might also try and contact customer service or tech department. They may be able to help.
Buzz
Q: I recently just bought this chain, and while I was breaking the links I accidentally broke off too many links. Am I able to push the pin back in?
2 years 8 months ago
Broke off too many links, even with the tire as far forward as it can go. Can I push the pin back in or did I ruin the chain?
MotoSportRyanT
MotoSport Staff Expert
2 years 8 months ago Location: Portland, OR, USA
A: It is not recommended to re-add links to your chain as you would need to use 2 masterlinks and doing so will significantly weaken the chains tensile strength. You would need a rivet style masterlink and a chain press to add links back onto the chain, but even with the link riveted in, the chain would still be weaker and may not last as long.
Chris
2 years 8 months ago Location: Chula Vista, CA, USA
A: I did the exact same thing! I took the chain to a local shop and they said yes it's possible but they wouldn't do it because of liability issues. The cheapest chain press they had was $160. I had no choice but to buy a new chain, with an unused one still in my hand. I was pretty mad.

Don't try to push the pin back in, it's not worth it when that pin slips back out and you end up in the hospital. Take a close look at those pins and you will see that they are slightly mushroomed on each end to hold them in place. If you try to push it back in you won't be able to re-create that factory made mushroom. Bite the bullet and buy a new chain.
xXR1ITUPXx
Location: Denton,TX
Q: How many links?
Over 6 years ago
I have a 08 crf250r how many links does the chain have on my bike?
Drewski
MotoSport Staff
Over 6 years ago Location: P+RTLAND
A: It really depends on the gearing you are running.

The stock length should be 114 links, but you may have to count the links if you've changed your gearing any to get a solid answer.
Suzuki137
Top 500 Contributor Top 1000 Contributor
Over 6 years ago Location: Laplata,MD
A: the chain you're buying has 120, and that will fit your bike. if your sing arm is too short its easy to take off a couple links.
YZ125RYDER
Q: Since its corrosion resistance, does this mean it can never rust?
Over 7 years ago
bang
Top 50 Contributor Top 25 Contributor Top 10 Contributor
Over 7 years ago Location: I Live in Adams TN Race 25 times a year Vet AM
A: This chain can rust if not lubricated. This is a steel chain, not an O-ring chain. These chains will stretch, they are lighter than an O-ring but will not last as long as an O-ring chain. If you are racing at a pro level the steel chain is a good choice if you race for fun and like to ride, get the O-ring
DannyD303
Over 3 years ago Location: Flint, MI, USA
A: I can give you a definitive answer but I believe resistant mean exactly that, it resists rust. As long as you keep some sort of lubrication oil on the chain you should never get more than minimal surface rust.
Kaleb
Q: Tuner sporcket kit?
Over 7 years ago
i just bought a new sprocket kit and my front sporocet is a 12t and the rear is a 54t. the kit came with a chain, the chain is a renthal R1 420 gold chain of 120 links, will this chain fit on the new sprocket, will i have to take out links or add any links.
JesseC
MotoSport Staff
Over 7 years ago Location: Tualatin
A: you will most likely need to take out links but since I don't know what bike you are putting them on it's hard to tell you for sure.
burnzy
Top 100 Contributor Top 50 Contributor
Over 6 years ago Location: salina ks
A: if your using the same size sprockets that are already on your bike, just count the links in your old chain and use the same amount for your new one. if your old sprockets have different amounts of teeth than your new ones, you may need to cut it down, or get a bigger chain.
morin
Top 100 Contributor
Location: portland connecticut
Q: Is renthal reliable?
Over 7 years ago
my friend told me renthal sucks i no thats true with bars and sprokets when your just trail riding but are their chains any good?
Drewski
MotoSport Staff
Over 7 years ago Location: P+RTLAND
A: Personally I've always had good luck with all my Renthal products. It's all about finding what works best for the type of riding you are doing. Since they make their sprockets out of aluminum and the R1 chain you are looking at is a motocross/supercross style chain, it's probably not going to be the best set up for heavy trail riding or dune riding. You may want to look into a chain more suitable for trails.
yz250rider38
Over 7 years ago Location: Star Tannery Virgina
A: Well he needs to get his facts straight very reliable
burnzy
Top 50 Contributor Top 100 Contributor
Over 6 years ago Location: salina ks
A: I was brought up to pick good friends who dont lie to me. And it appears that is exactly what your friend is doing to YOU!!! Renthal is a great brand for everything they make. shoot i even use their brake pads. the truth is that when you buy something that says Renthal on it, it IS going to be very high quality and very durable. Sprockets, bars, brake pads, and yes even chains. you name it, you cant go wrong with Renthal. Good Luck!
blizo
Q: If my stock chain is 92 links, am i okay getting 120 links and taking some out. I am increasing the rear sprocket from 40 to 41 teeth on my 2002 rapt?
Over 7 years ago
Drewski
MotoSport Staff
Over 7 years ago Location: Por+land
A: Yes, all of our chains are cut to fit so breaking off a couple links will be ok.
Dirtysdad
Top 50 Contributor
2 years 8 months ago Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
A: Yes, but measure the chain and take out links AFTER you install your new sprocket...
Snake
Location: Winters CA
Q: I get that its non o ring?
Over 7 years ago
but still why is it not suitable for Enduro racing.
james718
MotoSport Staff Expert
Over 7 years ago
A: well there's no reason why you could use it for any type of riding. It's a durability issue, and when you are riding in all types of conditions from wet to dry you'll be replacing a non-oring chain very often.
DaveG
Location: Missouri
Q: Does this chain come with a masterlink?
Over 7 years ago
james718
MotoSport Staff Expert
Over 7 years ago
A: yes, every chain we sell comes with some type of master link.
burnzy
Top 100 Contributor Top 50 Contributor
Over 6 years ago Location: salina ks
A: Yes, chain comes with a master link located inside the box.
AaronB
Over 3 years ago Location: Marysville, WA, USA
A: Yes
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