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post #1 of 15 Old 10-24-2003, 03:44 AM
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How long does your chain lasts ???

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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post #2 of 15 Old 10-24-2003, 11:45 AM
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Chain Stretch


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.

post #3 of 15 Old 10-24-2003, 11:49 PM
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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.
post #4 of 15 Old 05-05-2004, 04:50 PM
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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.

post #5 of 15 Old 05-05-2004, 06:11 PM
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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:
post #6 of 15 Old 05-05-2004, 08:01 PM
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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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post #7 of 15 Old 05-05-2004, 09:52 PM
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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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post #8 of 15 Old 05-07-2004, 08:36 PM
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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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post #9 of 15 Old 05-16-2004, 12:09 AM
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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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post #10 of 15 Old 08-01-2004, 05:46 AM
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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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