Join Date: May 2013
Location: NW Washington State
2005 DL650 Odd Chain Wear Pattern
I have had a 2005 DL650 since May 2013 and its a great bike. Its low miles as I've had or have other bikes as well during this time. Total miles is about 17000.
On a recent trip through northern Washington, Idaho and Montana and back over LoLo Pass to home about 1800 miles the chain started needing adjustment every day of about 250-350 miles. This is new and previously I could go 1000 miles or so between slack adjustments.
The odd wear pattern was evident after coming through two thunderstorms and lots of rain westward on the LoLo highway into Lewiston ID. When I looled at the chain only the left side of the rollers looked like they were engaging the sprocket surface, the left sides were polished silver and the right halves were oily.
Has anyone ever experienced this? I tried to upload a picture ( and a link) but the program said since I have less than 10 posts I can't do that.
I run easy speeds between 4500-5500 RPM ( GPS running from hi 50's to about 70) loaded with 2 side cases a givi tailbag and a dry bag with tent and sleeping bag and pad)
Just interesting because I've never seen a pattern like this on a chain bike I've owned. (DL650, CL450, XT350, KX125)
Thanks in advance for your thoughts, I'm going to order a chain and sprocket set to replace these factory OE ones.