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Sadly Hubert Staudacher passed away in July 2023 at the age of 91. His son Mario and his wife Rosi will continue to do the business.
In 2012 I made a booklet about motorcycle snow chains, where Staudacher chains are featured prominently. You can view or download the PDF here (it is in German, but with lots of pictures):
Why would I recommend to get Staudacher snow chains? I do not get a kickback
for that, but:
If you want to order chains, please in any case verify information given on this page directly with the Staudacher family, and order directly there! If you find wrong or outdated information on this page, please let me know - you may send an email by clicking on the envelope on the bottom of this page, thanks
USE: Snow chains are an appliance to improve wheel traction under certain
road conditions, especially on snow, and usually for short distances only.
They are not designed for use on ice, tarmac, gravel, mud, or any other
road surface, and especially not with normal road speeds!
MOUNTING RULES - Please observe:
NOTE: Follow the printed instructions and warning messages that come with your snow chains (if available)!
So, in medias res:
All chains are manufactured on demand.
No pick-up is available. Mail order only!
The right tires
Around the wheel, there should be about 2 cm space for the chains.
When ordering, tell them the exact make and size of the tire, and if it has a motocross tread pattern.
Snow chains are mounted
on the drive wheels of a vehicle. So, sidecars with a powered wheel need
at least two chains.
Here you can see how the chain looks like (Scan, 350 kB!).
By the way, BMW snow chains at Wunderlich are coming from Staudacher, too. Maybe a good address for checking prices, though Staudachers are happy to send an individual offer on your request.
Please note that even with the same specification (e.g. 150/70-17 for BMW GS 1150/1200 rear tire) the real sizes may differ widely.
While these bikes were sold with at least 4 different tires, most of the winter riders put other tires on their rims.
Your chains are hand made to size, there is not as much adjustment possible as on car chains.
? Exact type/brand/dimension of tire you want to run the chain on.
Ordering and Delivery:
The snow chain is
made a little bit longer than nesessary. If needed, you may shorten the
side chains, or tighten them to the side chain with the tighteners provided.
Do this on both sides of the tire.
Version 1 (old version): one tightener per side
Version 2 (current, recommended version): several tighteners across
Use the snow chain only on snowy surfaces, if possible. They are designed for a maximum speed of 40 km/h. But they can take a few asphalt kilometers as well.
The chain is made to fit your tire very exactly - which may result in a loose fit on any other tire dimension. Or you do not want to shorten the chain, to have more tire sizes available? Or there is only one side of the wheel easily accessible? Or the chain does not tighten very well because of a rough (off road) profile?
Then you will need a different tensioning technique, described below for the standard application on a combination.
A) You need a special makeshift tensioner, about 80 - 100 cm long (depending on tire size):
B) Put the chain on the tire and close the hook locks on both sides. A center stand comes in handy here, or a jack, or at least another person to help.
C) Pull the entire chain to the side where there is more space for it (depending on a drive chain guard etc.). It will then be very loose here, and very tight on the other side.
D) Hook the tensioning rope in the side chain on the loose side, near the lock, halfway between the joints for the cross sections, and pull it AWAY from the lock. Then run it through every second side chain strand, and finally hook it to a sidechain. This procedure is shown on the pictures 1) to 3) below. The chain will be very tightly tensioned without any loose side chain parts.
For solo bikes with enough room, you can tension the chain on both sides of the wheel, using two tensioning ropes. So the cross sections stay aligned to the wheel. For combinations, it does not matter if the chain is a bit off center, due to one sided tensioning.
1) If it is urgent, tell Staudachers when ordering. Tell them not to use the normal "Paket" service, but to send with a fast parcel service or EMS. Then you have a guaranteed date of delivery, and can check online where your chain is - that should be worth the cost.
2) Staudachers manufacture the snow chains fast and good. They are rightly proud of their work, and appreciate a feedback from the usage site. So: send a post card or a letter, a picture, something personal - they deserve it.
3) Staudachers do not have internet access, so you can't send them an email really. Clicking on below button will send ME an email, and I will recommend to have anoher good look at this page here for Staudachers address (above).
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