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post #1 of 54 Old 10-25-2016, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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Chain life on V2

I have been posting for a while that the secret to chain life is to not worry about cleaning the chain but to lube with every tank of gas and after every ride in the rain. Doing that on my DL650's meant I could realistically expect my chain to last somewhere between 40,000 and 50,000 miles. While I expected the same to be true in the V2 I couldn't speak from experience on the matter.

I forgot to post this when it happened a week or two ago but I have over 40,000 miles on the original factory stock chain. I don't see why it can't last to perhaps 50,000 miles or more. The chain has only had one very minor adjustment as the front sprocket wore and I replaced the front sprocket at 27,000 miles as a precaution. It probably had at least another 5,000 miles but was showing the first little bit of hooking.

In case you missed my rants on the subject here is how I take care of my chain:

I literally never have cleaned the chain. I use Wurth HHS2000 (called HHS2k in the USA) but I think the main thing is to lube it often.

I lube with every fill up and after every ride in the rain. My procedure is to turn off the bike in neutral. I put it on the centre-stand and then spin the wheel with my left hand while gently spraying my lube with my right hand on the sides of the rollers and where the links touch. This takes literally 10 or 20 seconds.

That's it..nothing else is needed to be done.

Oil based lube makes sense to me as that is what is inside the rollers so I have never used anything else. I ride on some sort of unpaved roads almost every day. I ride in cold weather where my roads are covered with salt (I saw the first sings if "brining" today.) I ride in rain routinely. I had one ride where my wife (riding pillion) and I rode for several miles on a beach in North Carolina looking for wild horses. The tide started coming in so we turned around and just before we got off the beach we rode in salt water as well. The chain was never cleaned and sand was all over it until we rode heavy rains few days later.

..Tom
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post #2 of 54 Old 10-25-2016, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Sometimes people suggest I only ride on nice paved road in ideal conditions so here's a picture of me taking it off the beach:



And here is how the chain looked:




..Tom

2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles,
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold.
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 80,000+ km, 50,000+ miles.


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post #3 of 54 Old 10-26-2016, 07:22 AM
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Mine has done just 28,000 km...
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So are you saving any money? Sounds like the money you are saving on chains, you give back to buying chain lube. Lol. Just kidding.
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V-Tom,

Thank you for sharing this.

For everyone else, if you just can't stand it and want to clean your chain, just wipe it down with motor oil on a rag. Never use a degreaser or WD-40!

If you are not disciplined enough to oil your chain after every fill up (a rare and special breed of which I am not!) consider one of these.

Tutoro Chain Oilers - AdventureTech, LLC. Just attach, adjust, and ride.

On a separate note, I have seen no indication of the need for the rear wheel spacer fix on any Vee2.
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So are you saving any money? Sounds like the money you are saving on chains, you give back to buying chain lube. Lol. Just kidding.
Well my chain lube is pretty inexpensive.. work gives it to me. Still if it wasn't I don't have the time and aggravation of waiting for my chain to be replaced. (I don't do it myself as I have a tech that does it while I wait so I would much rather pay him the $50 to get it done. It still takes me an extra half hour each way in traffic to get to my mechanic and if he has jobs in progress I will have to wait. Mind you he has Pinball machines and he is a character so the wait isn't terrible.)

For me it isn't about the cost but rather about the bother.. the 10 or 20 seconds spraying my chain is a minor amount of time and effort to keep the chain lasting a long time.

..Tom
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...For me it isn't about the cost but rather about the bother.. the 10 or 20 seconds spraying my chain is a minor amount of time and effort to keep the chain lasting a long time.

..Tom
Yeah, and not having to go through the chain and sprocket change hassles as often.

I agree with your method, btw.
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i just bought a scottoiler
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i just bought a scottoiler
I would love to know how it works out for you... that is how long the chain lasts. From what I have understood (but not tried) the chain oilier should keep the chain well lubed and should help the chain to last a long time. In theory probably longer than what I do.

From what I have read, the specs on RichlandRick's Tutoro Chain oiler sound really good and if I wasn't so lazy I would probably try one out.

..Tom

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2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold.
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That Wurth lube aint cheap, would be over $30 shipped........it aint that good.

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