Now this is a strange question coming from someone that has been riding since the '50s, albeit many miles with a shaft drive, but yesterday after using the Kettenmax to clean the gravel grime off my V-Strom's chain and proceeding to dutifully apply DuPont Teflon I asked myself "just what are you lubing?' I dribble the Teflon over the o-rings then on the center of the chain but why? Is the purpose just to keep the o-rings from drying out? Surely the Teflon on the driven part of the chain will have a short life (and probably end up under the drive sprocket cover).
I've followed the clean then lube duty religiously and always get 15 k to 25k miles before I change the chain and sprockets and never questioned the need, until now.