Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Port Perry, Ontario, Canada
I have about 295,000 km or 183,000 miles on my two DL650's.
1) I use Wurth HHS 2000 (Called HHS 2K in some areas)
2) Lube with every tank of gas and after every ride in the rain. I never ever ever waste time cleaning the chain since it does absolutely nothing useful anyway and might harm the chain
3) Prior to the above routine I cleaned and lubed my first two chains on my 2006 DL650 as per the manual. This meant cleaning with Kerosene and lubing with chain oil at 1,000 km (620 miles).
First Chain (oem): 33,900 km 21,018 miles
Second Chain (DID X-RIng) 37,900 km 23,498 miles. Went bad on a trip and rode about 3,000km 2,000 miles after the chain showed the red dust of death
Third Chain (DID X-RIng): Lubed with HHS 2000 with every tank of gas and after every ride in the rain: Replaced at 74,845 km 46,404 miles. Still had life left but was heading on a long trip so decided to be safe.
Forth Chain (DID X-RIng): still on the 2006 which is sitting in my hanger. Has never been adjusted. Had at last fill-up 55,769 km or 34,577 miles. The bike is currently retired so probably won’t see much more for mileage.
On my 2012 DL650 I replaced the OEM Chain at 66,060 km or about 41,000 miles. I replaced it then (with a (DID X-RIng) because there were 2 chain events on bikes around me. My mechanic thought I was nuts since there appeared to be lots of life on it and it had never needed adjustment except when the front sprocket wore out. Prior to lubing with every tank of gas etc. I replaced sprockets when I replaced the chain the way most people advise. Once I switched to the Wurth I found that my chain and rear sprocket way outlasted the front sprocket. I have worn front sprockets to nothing between 55,200 km (34,200 miles) and 61,700 km 38250 miles. Rear sprockets I generally replace with the chain but might rethink that as they show very little wear when the chain is replaced.
4) The replacement chains were all DID X-Ring intended for street bikes. I know they changed the codes but haven't paid attention.
Last edited by V-Tom; 06-13-2014 at 09:19 AM.