Tom, on centerstand & in gear, spraying it over the bottom of the chain as it returns to rear sprocket, so none gets on the rear tire. Never cleaned any of my chains. Always replace chain w/new sprockets no matter what they look like. Maybe it's the 14Tooth front, but even running the 15T I ate them up in 20K miles.I'd love to see how you were applying it (although it really is simple) and if you were "cleaning" it.
If you do nothing you should get 20,000 to 25,000 miles out of the chain as it returns to rear sprocket. I'm not gentle on the throttle and ride in a lot of crap (I have over 4,000 km so far in 2020 and most of that is on salt covered or brined roads so the chain isn't exactly living a cozy life.) My current chain is over 32,000 miles and I'll be replacing the front sprocket sometime in the next few thousand miles. The chain will be good for over 50,000 miles.
I'm ordering new now and am going to try the EK Heavy Duty 525 GXW X ring chain. It's $30 more than standard weight chain so I'm gonna try it...sprocketcenter.com:
|JT Sprockets (#JTF520) 525 Pitch Chromoly-Steel Front Sprocket|
SELECT TOOTH SIZE14 Tooth
|JT Sprockets (#JTR1792) 525 Pitch Steel Rear Sprocket|
SELECT TOOTH SIZE47 Tooth
|RK Chain 525 GXW Heavy Duty X'ring Chain - (choose color / choose length)|
SELECT CHAIN COLORNATURALSELECT CHAIN LENGTH118 Links