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post #21 of 32 Old 08-09-2019, 06:31 PM
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Man, no offense but that looks horrendous!
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post #22 of 32 Old 08-09-2019, 09:10 PM
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Man, no offense but that looks horrendous!
Yup! And yet my chains are now lasting over 80,000 km / 50,000 miles

So how important is cleaning the chain?

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2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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I see happy 'O' rings and a clean well lubricated chain. Can't argue with success.
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Yup! And yet my chains are now lasting over 80,000 km / 50,000 miles

So how important is cleaning the chain?

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Just to be clear, it's not the chain that I think is disgusting, it's the amount of crud built up on your swingarm. I know some people aren't into cleaning, and I never worried too much about the crud built up behind the countershaft sprocket cover, but that looks like someone tipped the output of an asphalt plant on to your bike.
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Yup she's a workhorse and not some pretty face trying to look pretty. Doesn't mind getting dirty.

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2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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I applied the first coating of ATF on my 2012 V1000 chain. I look forward to many more miles of life from my chain. Of course, I have not idea of how well it was maintained before I got the bike in March of this year.

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I applied the first coating of ATF on my 2012 V1000 chain. I look forward to many more miles of life from my chain. Of course, I have not idea of how well it was maintained before I got the bike in March of this year.
Just watch it carefully. I used ATF to resuscitate an underlubed chain and free up stuck links before I learned how to maintain the chain properly. If you have any sign of stuck links or any other issues don't hesitate, get a new chain.

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2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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Just watch it carefully. I used ATF to resuscitate an underlubed chain and free up stuck links before I learned how to maintain the chain properly. If you have any sign of stuck links or any other issues don't hesitate, get a new chain.

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Been There - Done That

I lube my chain at every fuel fill-up (approx. 200 miles) by using a cloth to apply lube. That way I can "feel" the chain condition. Stuck links become very apparent!!!

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Been There - Done That

I lube my chain at every fuel fill-up (approx. 200 miles) by using a cloth to apply lube. That way I can "feel" the chain condition. Stuck links become very apparent!!!
When I spray the lube on it gets into the area between the plates of the chain and also into the area between the outer roller and the side plates. Make sure that your cloth method gets lube into there to get the full benefit of the lube.

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My Opinion:
Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

My Stroms:
2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

This can help preventing from cars pulling out in front of you (SMIDSY)
SMIDSY detailed report.


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When I spray the lube on it gets into the area between the plates of the chain and also into the area between the outer roller and the side plates. Make sure that your cloth method gets lube into there to get the full benefit of the lube.

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Yep - using my 'cloth lube method' resulted in my last chain on a ZRX1200 lasting 36,000 miles and was still going strong when I sold the bike in June of this year. Also, that chain was NEVER cleaned with any solvent. Any cleaning was accomplished when applying the lube.

And the pic below shows what the chain looked like.
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