How long did your chain last?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by HappyHighwayman, May 28, 2013.

  1. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    My OEM chain (called "cheap aftermarket in Finland, I guess) gave me an easy 40,000 kms service, still had life left in it.

    If you are getting only 25,000 to 30,000kms on a quality chain you are behind the curve of the "cheap aftermarket". :deal The original chain problem was fixed by mid-2009 build dates.
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  2. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    Depends on riding conditions. I have had sprockets on mainly-dirt bikes that passed through deep mud and dirty water daily, wear out in a few thousand miles. I have had chains on those same bikes that developed frozen links in the same intervals.

    Chains & sprockets work as a set. Put a new chain on old sprockets and it will wear prematurely, same with new sprockets and an old chain. A chain as a whole will "stretch" but it's not the side plates that lengthen, it's that every one of the 120+ pins and holes will wear a little, causing the overall unit to stretch.

    The front sprocket goes around so many more times than the rear, each tooth on the front goes through so many more cycles of the chain roller going on and off it, plus the chain is going through more bending as it goes around the front due to the tighter radius. On a lot of bikes the front is not so easy to see. I have had bikes where the rear sprocket looked fine but the front sprocket was in awful shape.

    So check your front sprocket regularly!
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  3. coaster94

    coaster94 n00b

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    fwiw I got 15k miles out of my OEM chain and sprockets. Those miles were 80% interstate, 15% twisties, 5% gravelly fire roads. I did a good job with the maintenance, but not a great job. I prolly cleaned and lubed it every 1,500 miles, and I adjusted it about four times. I try really hard to be smooth on the throttle, and I like riding fast as much as the next guy. I am not disappointed in the life of these parts.

    Doesn't it make sense that the majority of the wear should occur at the smaller sprocket? I mean the chain grips the rear sprocket with what like over 20 teeth, but the front sprocket only gets like 7! I will replace the chain and both sprockets, but I wonder if the wear on that rear sprocket is significant.
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  4. Goldfish_GR

    Goldfish_GR Adventurer

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    I am reading the present thread with extra attention.
    I am new owner of a F7. Had it since mid June and now we have 3.400kms together. Use (obviously) only in roads.

    The first time i tried to clean it (around 1200kms), I used a simple degreaser couple of brushes and then I it with a Motorrex product. It took me lots of brushing and I am not sure that the linkages where clean after all that effort.

    Then, the next time (2.200kms) I used kerosene and one wide paintbrush. Much less effort, enormously better result. I don't know if using kerosene is good for the orings though. Again lubed it with the Motorrex spray.

    Last weekend (3.200kms) did exactly the same thing, cleaning also the front sprocket. I was amazed about the amount of dirt I found in there. From now on, cleaning the chain will mean cleaning the front sprocket also.

    Question: Should I lube the chain in between the cleaning intervals? The lube I have is of white colour and seems to exist even at the end.
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  5. malloy

    malloy Been here awhile

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    27,500 miles on Regina OEM chain on F650GS (twin). 95% pavement. It was well within spec length wise (144mm between 9 pins). Sprocket & chain ring looked great but it had the dreaded red rot: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=988305 and was getting worse. Absent the rot I think chain, sprocket and ring had another 5,000 miles easy.

    Lubed with DuPont Chainsaver at least every 400 miles and cleaned with Dupont Degreaser & grunge brush about every 1,500 miles. Think I'll use a softer brush in the future.

    Don't see any damaged O rings so don't know where the rust started. Sprocket area had lots of red dust but cleaned up fine. I've had the sprocket off three times and lubed the splines so it came off easy.

    Got a DID set from Sprocket Center in Cali - great service.

    YMMV
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  6. GREWUPIN_D11

    GREWUPIN_D11 GREWUPIN_D11

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    Original chain and sprockets on 2010 F800GS holding up well, as they should given the relatively few miles I've put on compared to others in this thread. But well over half of the miles have been off pavement, including 1.5 SandBlast rallys, lots of riding on Forest Service roads in western Virginia, New Mexico, Colorado.

    I attribute long chain life to: 1) No high-pressure spray touches this motorcyle. Max pressure is 40 psi garden hose. Anything that could force dirt past the O-rings on the chain is bad. 2) After washing and rides in rain, liberal use of WD-40 on the chain for corrosion control. Note this is not mileage-dependent. I use no other products on the chain.

    Seems to me the oilers and spray-on lube's main effect is to attract dust/sand and create an abrasive paste on the chain. The abrasive paste probably does little harm, but it also probably does no good.
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  7. javahitman

    javahitman Been here awhile

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    Was cleaning my chain yesterday. I got 14000kms on odo and noticed 3 O-rings are gone missing from the chain. Chain is Regina I guess its stock chain. I got second hand bike at 10000kms. I am going for few days trip tomorrow and now don't know if I can rely on this chain. Today is public holiday here and I can't buy anything. Might be able to buy new chain tomorrow morning but probably not sprockets and if I get time will replace chain before the trip or during the trip. Can also order chain and sprocket set today which I can only install after the trip on Monday . What are the chances of this chain braking or causing issues during next 4days /2000kms. It's not stretched and sprockets look ok. I was thinking it would last another 10000kms until I saw missing o-rings. That's why was not in a rush of ordering new set.

    Is it normal for Regina chains to have missing o-rings?



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  8. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    Regina is not the original chain. BMW was using some cheap no name brand. O-rings should not be missing. If it was me I would do the 2000 kms and change everything when I got back. As long as the chain doesn't break you don't really care since the sprockets and everything will be going in the trash. All depends on your tolerance for a little risk.
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  9. javahitman

    javahitman Been here awhile

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    I bought some DID Xring chain. wasnt top of the range. still 150$ here.
    not enough time to change it now, and i still dont have new sprockets.
    im going to carry it with me on the trip and also ordered new sprockets they should arrive next week. So hopefully the old chain lasts until next week and i will change the lot when i get back.
    will probably also order another set from sprocketcenter with RK chain.
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  10. tah1800

    tah1800 Been here awhile

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    Just changed out final drive with 21K on it. Chain was shot. I lube it frequently but do quite a bit of off road riding here in Colorado. Replaced sprockets with 16/42 setup vs standard 17/41 for a 658. A bit buzzy at 70 mph but nice improvement for off road.
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