Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: St. Joseph, MO USA
I ride about 90% pavement and 10% gravel roads on my DL1000 so my chain doesn't get that dirty. My belief is that it doesn't really matter what you use as long as it's safe for your o-rings and you lube on a regular basis. I clean/lube about every 300 miles.
I've taken to using the WD-40-brand chain-specific foaming cleaner and a tube of that Motul paste with the applicator brush as a lube. Reason? I like to be able to lube my chain in motel parking lots without having to put down newspapers or trash bags to catch the drips from a spray and try not to make a mess. It also forces me to get up close and personal for a chain inspection.
The Motul paste is a grayish/white color that makes it easy to see where you've applied it and where you missed. It takes more time to apply than a spray, but that doesn't bother me. Once I've applied the Motul with the applicator brush, I'll spin the back tire on the centerstand with one hand and "massage" the lube around some more with my fingers on the lower run of the chain to ensure good coverage. I also make it a point to always do the chain maintenance post-ride while the chain is still warm.
The WD-40 chain cleaner comes out as kind of a sticky foam that also doesn't drip off onto the ground. I use it in conjunction with a cheap, knock-off grunge brush to scrub the chain a little.
Can't speak for the longevity of a chain using this routine as I've only got about 3K on the DL at this point.
I do know I used to get at least 30,000 miles on a chain/sprockets on my KLR using only plain 'ol WD-40 as both a cleaner and a lube.