I have always used a clip -- dirt bike or street bike. I even use a clip on my built GS1100 motor in my racing sidecar.It is possible to get those pins too tight. Honestly, as crazy as this might sound to some, on a bike with less than 80 ft/lbs of torque running a 525 chain I'd be using a clip link.
I will be using a clip-style link with a D.I.D. X-ring chain when I replace the OEM chain. Then again, maybe not.
Someone.... Stole your chain???The main reason why I changed the chain, because someone had stolen my previous one with a clip style link
Chain jumps occur because the wheel is unloaded (I colored the master link in white to be sure that it wasn't the reason of jumps).
I run one chain on the sidecar for 8-race weekends. Each winter I move that chain to my dirt bike (a KTM 450 EXC) then install a new chain. So I'm not a good person to ask. Dirt bikes get bad chain wear for obvious reasons. When I had a KTM 950 Adventure, I'd regularly get 10-20K. I always replace sprockets whenever I replace a chain too.How many miles is everyone getting out of a chain with the clip-type link?