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Mine is completely slackened (ready to be changed...) after 22'000km (~13'700mi).

It is not a lot, isn't it ?

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Chain Stretch

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I'd say it's the nature of the beast. I have 22,000 km on my bike and can't seem to keep the 20 - 30 mm chain slack with in tolerance. Every time I check it's over 30mm. The chain stretch is easy to measure, but who has a large vernier caliper to check it precisely. I used a tape measure. Can't remember the exact tolerance, someting like 12.600". My chain is close to replacing.

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I would have been happy with that mileage on the OEM chain. I got 10,000 miles out of the OEM and 18,000 miles out of the DID X Ring replacement. I'm not ver religious about chain maintenance though and mostly am either doing endurance riding or hooligan type stuff.
 
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I have 16,000 miles on my stocker and it is shot beyond belief. I had adjusted a huge amount of slack out of it only 1,000 miles ago and today the slack was too great to measure. The chain would hit the exhaust on the bottom and the swingarm on the top at the loose part and have 1.25 inches of slack at the tightest point. No wonder it makes so much noise.

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I hate chain drive. It is the only thing I really don't like about the V-Strom. I happily rode shafties for the last 20 years. For its intended purpose, the V-Strom could be a shaft drive. The BMW dual sport is. If it was more biased toward off-road use, I could see the chain drive.

I know a chain suffers less power loss, blah, blah, blah. Don't care. I just don't want to bother with the care and feeding and periodic replacement of chain and sprockets. It messes up my riding life.

There! I feel a little better now. Just never say "chain drive" to me. It makes me crazy. :twisted:
 

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Oh well it has been a long time since I cleaned , lubed and adjusted a chain but this was a labor of love today....Cleaning and lubing it anyway.
It's the least I could do on this majestic Beast who has carried me 3000 miles in less than 2 months!

Not had to adjust a chain since my *NEW* 1976 KZ1000 days! LOL!!!!

Compared to the Harley there is nothing else really to do, not alot to clean either.. Not like the HD which had a belt you mostly ignored.
 

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Guy's keep the maintenance up on the chain. I'd say check the slack every two month's. 22,000km is normal chain life for a DL1000. Adjust the slack to 30mm + each time, I found that if you adjust it to 20mm the chain seemed to stretch quicker. A tape measure is fine to check the chain stretch which is 12.6" across 21 pins. Always check the slack when its on the side stand. If the swing arm is pushed up or down beyond the proper swing arm position you will get the wrong slack measurement. When you buy a new chain I'am pressuming you have to change both sprockets also.
Another interesting thing I have read is that the adjustment lines on each side of the swing arm are not excact, some bikes are a hole line off to have the axle square with the swing arm. I will not trust these marks any more and will measure each side seperately.

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Chain life

I got 20000 miles out of mine. I replaced it with a DID X-ring chain which I like better than the stock chain. Keep it clean, lubed and adjusted at the loose end and the chain should go a long ways. The DID seems to be holding up a lot better than the original but that could be due to not tightening it as much.
 
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I just replaced my chain and sprockets (sprockets were actually fine) I have 13,220 miles, but the chain was actually gone between 10-11k. I converted to DID 530 ZVM, with sprocket specialists 17/42 steel sprockets. I hope this chain lasts longer.

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have done 22,500 miles in 18 months.Fitted scotoiler when i got the strom,chain still sound.Have fitted one to all the bikes i have had over the past few years,always get great mileage and a lot less adjustment required.
 

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I've got 12,500 miles on my '02, and am still on the original chain and sprockets. I wish I could say the same about tires. Anyway, I have a 7 mile gravel road as part of my daily commute, and I just clean the chain 3 or 4 times a year, and lube it every few days. I've only really adjusted the chain twice. Even with tire swaps, I am usually able to do it all without touching the adjusters. I figure I'll replace the chain and sprockets during the winter just to be safe.
 
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I have nearly 14,000mi on my 02's chain and cleaned it for the first time the other night. Not a good idea (note to self: clean chain more often), but it doesn't seem to have had an adverse effect.

Lubed her again, re-checked the links, will tighten her up tonight (bit slack, but needed to borrow torque wrench). Should get through this season, and then replace next year when winter's gone.
 
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hopefully lasts until saturday when i can mount a new one and sprockets.it's kinkier than.........well nevermind.going with another 525 but i may go to the 530 next time around.12,000 miles of so-so maintenance,not too bad i guess.using the DID ERV2 this time.easier to visually see need of maintenance on a gold chain in my experience on my other bikes.i can't really tell when the dark grey ones need attention.
 

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I'm surprised at the number of people who seem to assume you need to replace sprockets and chains at the same time. I know that some books etc. say that if your chain needs replacing then your sprockets do too, but others say something different. My own experience on many bikes over 35 years suggests something different too. The way I've come to understood this sort of maintenance is that if you care for the chain properly by cleaning, lubing, checking alignment and adjusting tension when needed, then there is very little wear on the sprockets. If careful attention is paid to chain maintenance the sprockets only need replacement every third chain, or maybe every second chain. At the very least, take a close look at the sprockets when you replace chains. If the teeth look their correct shape and aren't hooked, if there is no unnatural wear on one side and not the other (alignment problem), you are good to go.

I'm curious what people think about this? I've also had a lot of experience on older non o-ring chain classic bikes, and this general guideline of new sprockets with every third chain works well with those bikes too, assuming good chain maintenance. O-ring chains are much better than the non o-ring ones. So what's up here?

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i have many times replaced a chain without replacing sprockets.the sign of any wear on the sprockets tells me that the chain has stretched enough to have accelerated sprocket wear.i usually see more of that type of wear on a front sprocket than a rear on my street bikes and the opposite seems to be the case on my dirt bikes(typically aluminum sprockets on the dirt bikes).i've never really had a problem with doing the whole sprocket and chain replacement as a set,peace of mind is worth it to me.but that's just me,i don't just replace the one fork seal that leaks,i do them both.i don't just do the rear tire that's really worn when the front is only lightly cupping,i do them both.i don't change oil and not the filter either,you get the idea.to each their own.i depend on this thing to get me to and from work at hours when there are no shops to save me and i also enjoy the occasional 300-500 mile mind-clearing rip on the weekend.that said,i don't fault anyone for what they choose to do to their bike.i ride this bike 2500-3000 miles a month and now that it's dialed in it is a blast even riding to work every day.hope yours puts as big a smile on your face as mine does.-dan :D
 
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