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post #1 of 35 Old 10-09-2013, 05:51 AM Thread Starter
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remember how i said no issues? well.....

went to lube my chain last night and not a happy camper:


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o ring is missing.. just ONE link. must of had an impact or something cut it? i lube once a week (about 500 miles or so) i don't "clean" it, but it never seems to really need it.


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booo. tires AND a chain?? this is an expensive month! contacted blair at SVracingparts late last night and at 10:30 EST he said he could still get it out for me. so i have a new chain and a 16t front sprocket on the way. along with new tires sitting at my desk. and all the tools to diy the tire install myself.. already have the chain tool. ugh.. busy weekend ahead of me..

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post #2 of 35 Old 10-09-2013, 08:44 AM
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I would probably keep running that chain unless it had a lot of miles on it.
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i think i'm actually going to replace that one link with a rivet-type master link i have.

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The master link usually needs to be of the same make & model as the chain.

The rust you see is wear particles rusting. It is called fretting corrosion.

What lube are you using? There might be a better lube than what you're using.

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The master link usually needs to be of the same make & model as the chain.

The rust you see is wear particles rusting. It is called fretting corrosion.
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Is that the dreaded "Red Dust of Death"?

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Is that the dreaded "Red Dust of Death"?
And a fine example of it too. It's going to take more than a master link to fix that. The bushing in the narrow link is toast. Two links are the minimum that need replacement and master links only come as wide links.

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dang it. oh well.

as for lube i'm using Motul weekly. (about every 500 miles).

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The chain on mine looked just like that a few weeks ago, and shortly after it started to wear rapidly.

The result was that I had to replace the OEM chain after merely 41.000km - I use a Scottoiler and normally get twice that mileage out of a chain.

I attribute it to the low quality RK chain my Strom was born with. I replaced it with a DID X-ring chain, that I know will last a lot longer. Just looking at the chains side by side leave little doubt about the difference in quality - even though both are 525 chains, the DID is heavier, the side plates are a bit thicker and there is less space between the inner and outer plate, resulting in less sideway flex.

By the way - when I changed the chain kit I went back to 15T front sprocket as I like it better than the 16T I've been running for the last 25.000km.

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yeah, i bought an EK X ring chain. hmmmm. i was def thinking of a scott oiler eventually as well.

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I know people are tired of hearing it but I get a lot more life out of my chains.

I replaced the OEM chain on my 2012 at 66,060 km or 41,047 miles. I really didn't need to do it at that point but I had two chain related issues around me I thought that since things went in threes and since I was starting a major ride I should replace the chain. My mechanic thought the chain was good and I should keep riding it.

While 41,047 miles is not as good as the 46,000+ miles I got on the last DID X-Ring I replaced on my 2006 DL650 it still is far better than what most riders here get.


I never clean my chain but lube it after every tank of gas and every ride in the rain. I use Wurth HHS 2000 (Called H2K in some areas). I used to spray it on when the bike was running while on the centerstand but now just spray it while moving the wheel by hand. I spray just behind the front sprocket in an effort to reduce the mess on the rear wheel a bit. Takes about 10 to 15 seconds in total.

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