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post #1 of 4 Old 07-31-2017, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Time for a chainge

Well, I replaced my chain. If I may boast a bit it was the original chain with 55,326 miles on it. It really didn't seem worn out but I didn't want to risk a failure due to hidden stress, etc. Chain failures usually don't end well. I've seen chains still in service that were a lot more worn, some on bikes that I've owned. It had lengthened 9/16 inch over the entire length but you couldn't pull it away from the sprocket very far, no rust or kinked links and it didn't need frequent adjusting as chains usually do at the end of their life. I bet it would have gone another 5,000 miles easy. I also replaced both sprockets. The front had been replaced at 37,000 but the rear was the original and it was barely worn. In case you're wondering I lube with Teflon Chain Saver every 2-3 hundred miles, clean with kerosene every few thousand and keep and inch and a half slack in it (on center stand). I've ridden less than a thousand miles off road and in the rain.
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-31-2017, 08:01 PM
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Wow! I thought I was doing good when my '07 1K got 35K miles on the original. I had it in at the dealer for the 30K service and they said it was still in spec and OK. At 35K, I chickened out and replaced it.

I'm a pretty easy rider (most of the time) and no wheelies, so that probably helped. I used 80-140 synthetic gear oil most of the time. I kept the slack at about 1 inch on the centerstand.

BTW - nice play on words.

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post #3 of 4 Old 07-31-2017, 08:48 PM
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Very impressive! I've seen chains go unmaintaned and turn to trash in under 10,000 miles easily. My VFR chain started going south around 18,000 miles with good maintenance (tight spots). My Wee is still a baby with less than 5,000 miles (just got it two weeks ago with only 3,000 miles) so I'm looking forward to many miles of lubing the stocker. That sounds inappropriate.

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-31-2017, 09:19 PM
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You seem to be a smooth rider. Congrats. Mine tend to go at 25+/- miles.
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