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View Poll Results: When did you replace or chain, and which lube?
Less than 12,000 miles/20,000 km using chain oil 9 3.60%
Around 20,000 miles/30,000 km using chain oil 74 29.60%
More than 30,000 miles/50,000 km using chain oil 8 3.20%
Less than 12,000 miles/20,000 km using Teflon Lube 7 2.80%
Around 20,000 miles/30,000 km using Teflon Lube 59 23.60%
More than 30,000 miles/50,000 km using teflon Lube 20 8.00%
Less than 12,000 miles/20,000 km using something else 4 1.60%
Around 20,000 miles/30,000 km using something else 41 16.40%
More than 30,000 miles/50,000 km using something else 12 4.80%
I don't understand the question/ shouldn't have answered 21 8.40%
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post #1 of 61 Old 06-06-2009, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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When did you replace your chain?

With the Questions about Chain life and lubrication, I thought it might be interesting to see how long people's chains are lasting and if there is any difference with the different chain lubes.

So: how long has your chain lasted, and which lube have you been using? If something else please leave a note saying what you have used.

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2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
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post #2 of 61 Old 06-06-2009, 01:38 PM
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I’ve never changed a chain although I did own bikes with 30K+ miles (before sold) using only regular motor oil…whenever I thought about it…out of my truck or car. I don’t see a category for that.

Maybe because there are too many choices and a tad bit confusing.

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There was a poll before. https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...d.php?p=363038

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Thanks, Pat.

I wanted to compare chain lubes.. a lot of people suggest the Teflon is wonderful but I wanted to see if there is any difference in chain life with Teflon vs. Chain oil or other.

..TOm

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Thanks, Pat.

I wanted to compare chain lubes.. a lot of people suggest the Teflon is wonderful but I wanted to see if there is any difference in chain life with Teflon vs. Chain oil or other.

..TOm
I'm not doing the poll, but I just came in from tightening, cleaning, and lubing my chain that has about 10K miles on it (I don't know for sure, I bought it used). I am a huge fan of the Dupont Teflon. It really keeps the "crap level" down. It has been about 4K miles since I last cleaned it and with regular Teflon applications, it only took me about 30 minutes to clean up the chain & rear sprocket with a single rag soaked in kerosene.

I ride every day, through rain or shine. The bike is garaged in the evenings, but sits out in the parking lot at work during the day. The chain still looks very nice.

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I voted 20K miles, but it was really more like 14. Not because it was worn out, I was just ready to change gearing and wanted to replace everything as a set.


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I changed mine when I changed rear sprocket size. I changed the front sprocket also about 12K miles.

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I'm now approaching 24,000 miles on the stock chain. I basically clean and lube every 400-600 miles, sooner if I'm riding in wet conditions. I've been using the DuPont Teflon Multi-Use Lubricant for the last 14,000 miles, before that, the Honda HP lube w/ Teflon in the red can.

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Hopefully I'm a long way from changing my chain (only have around 700 miles) but I did lube it the other day with the Dupont Teflon I bought at Lowes! This stuff is great! It actually cleaned off the white greasy stuff the dealer put on it. Didn't fling all over my wheels!! When the time comes what type of chain breaker/riviter do you guys suggest? I don't have to have Snap-On quality, but I don't want cheap either. Cheers-BB

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When the time comes what type of chain breaker/riviter do you guys suggest? I don't have to have Snap-On quality, but I don't want cheap either. Cheers-BB
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See https://www.stromtrooper.com/showthread.php?p=416128 for instructions. It's the same as the DID tool for a fraction of the cost.

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