Many thanks for taking the trouble to give this response. I am amazed at Your chain mileages. They are something I can only dream of on most bikes but I am not long on my Strom so that aspect remains to be seen. I am now taking on the change of front sprocket also on my chain drive bikes at the half way mark to avoid unnecessarily early chain replacement for the sake of a front sprocket.
I probably spew on about chain maintenance a lot. Some people seem to think that I am taking risks with my chain as they have had chains fail long before my chains wear out.
Here is what I base my information on:
First Strom, 2006 DL650:
Chain 1: Maintained as per the manual. Clean with Kerosene and lubed at 1,000km / 6000 miles using typical chain lube: Chain replaced as 33,900 km / 21,064 miles. My Tire and chain guy (Ted Rose) said to lube way more often using Wurth HHS2000 and that cleaning was highly over-rated.
Chain 2: I did NOT take Ted's advice and maintained as above except one "cleaning" I had accidentally used some wood stain but immediately realized it and cleaned with Kerosene. Chain was replaced (totally shot) at 37,900 km /23,550 km. It was actually done before that on a the second day or a long trip when
saw the red dust of death on my chain. Long story short we nursed it home using copious amount of lube as plans to get a replacement on the trip failed.
Chain 3: Took Ted's advice and lubed using Wurth HHS2000 with every tank of gas and after every ride in the rain. Chain and sprockets replaced at 74,865 km / 46,507 miles (Front sprocket done earlier.) Ted said there was no real reason to change the chain then as it looked fine but I was starting a long trip so replaced it anyway.
Chain 4: was on the bike when I retired it. (Bike was replaced by the 2012 DL650.) The chain had 55,769 km / 34,653 miles on it. Chain was fine when I parked it. It sat in my hanger for several years and the bike went to a
friend. He got the engine running but hasn't ridden it.
2nd Strom: 2012 DL650:
Chain 5 (on my 2012 DL650): Maintained as per Ted's method. Was replaced at 66,060 km / 41,048 miles. Chain looked fine and was actually replaced early as I accidentally rode though a big puddle of wet concrete (left behind by a Cement truck on a back gravel road I'm sure) that coated almost everything on the bike.
Chain 6: had 58,535 km / 36,372 miles on it when I sold the bike. Don't know how long the new owner kept the chain on the bike but it was perfectly fine when I sold it.
Chain 7: (on the 2015 DL1000): Replaced at 76,180 km / 47,336 miles. Looked perfectly fine and figured next chain I would go longer.
Chain 8: One bike now. As of Sunday had 83,865 km / 52,111 miles. Chain looks fine and will be replaced with next tire change which will likely be in about 10,000 km / 6,200 miles so it would have around 94,000 km / 58,000 miles
On the DL1000 I have been using the OEM kits as they are priced very well up here in Canada.
Some people say I must baby the bike and only ride in nice conditions but here is very typical shot of how my chain looks on the bike. Rain, salted/brined roads, and unpaved roads are common:
Some of the conditions my bikes have seen:
My 2006 DL650:
Death Valley. It hit 126°f:
Where my 2012 DL650 lived a lot of it's life(We got covers after this):
(My bike and my wife's now live in the garage.)
My 2015 DL1000 caught in some freezing slush:
Hot day slabbing down the interstate. That is 38°c or 100°f
And in sand at the ocean:
Slimey muddy road: