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Offline Dukie

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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2018, 10:29:57 AM »
On 3rd chain at 20000.
Very unhappy. It was stiff links not wear
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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2018, 04:41:13 PM »
Yup, my bike had a couple of stiff links when brand new. 

I lube the chain every 100-200 miles with ATF (yes, I installed a centerstand).  I will report on when the chain finally starts stretching and needs to be replaced.
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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2018, 04:47:47 PM »
*Originally Posted by Dukie [+]
On 3rd chain at 20000.
Very unhappy. It was stiff links not wear

What brand chains did you go with as the second and third ones? Seems extremely short life.
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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2018, 09:28:03 PM »
I have yet to wear out a chain on this bike, but I generally switch to DID X-Ring Gold's when I buy a new bike.  On previous bikes I have gotten 20k miles (their rated life) out of X-Ring's even with very little maintenance (I abuse them pretty bad - basically clean them real good and put DuPont Teflon Dry Lube on it, which doesn't attract dirt.  The chain pretty much stays clean forever and I relube at oil changes every 4k miles, yeah it's lame, but the X-Rings do ok anyway).  I do clean and relube if it gets wet so it gets more attention during the rainy season. :-)

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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2018, 05:34:24 AM »
*Originally Posted by HerrDeacon [+]
What brand chains did you go with as the second and third ones? Seems extremely short life.

Honda OEM, replacing chain and sprocket at the same time and lubing and cleaning every 800 miles.
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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2018, 01:57:54 PM »
I don't have a huge number of miles yet, just 6300+.  My chain maintenance routine is to spray it with DuPont Chain Saver weekly and check slack.  So about every 150-200 miles.  Then once a month clean it with Kerosene and brush, let dry and Spray with DuPont Chain Saver.  Chain and sprockets look to be in good shape at this point.
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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2018, 08:39:08 PM »
The first two chains lasted 20,000km each. I used Motul lube and cleaned them every 500km or so. I then fitted a Scott eOiler and the third chain has just past 20,000km and will last another 20,000km or so if everything stays the same. I did extend the cleaning to every 1,000km though but the chain is far cleaner. The Scott systems are surprisingly good for chains and sprockets.

I imagine the other brand auto oilers would have the same effect.

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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2018, 09:08:23 PM »
*Originally Posted by reavsie [+]
Scottoiler and regular cleaning:

OEM chain so far on 34,700 miles and still in the green on the wear marks.
:005: :047:

I'm glad this thread is here, I was annoyed by the idea of having to replace my OEM at 11-12k miles due to stiff/binding links and not wear (clean & lube approximately every 2-3 tank fills). But now I know it's a "thing" and that I'll be investing in an auto-lube solution.

Philosophically: do you think the wonky OEM chain is like this on purpose to get us to change it long before wear occurs? Is it possible throwing a crap chain on there was Honda's way of making the bike appear more budget friendly, knowing that it is something that needs periodic replacement anyway and we'd all be replacing them with better equipment at some point so may as well save $X (no pun intended) by making it a sooner-rather-than-later type thing?
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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #18 on: January 26, 2018, 01:39:12 PM »
I suspect that it is a Thai quality control issue at the DID factory, similar in nature to the frequently over-tightened bolts on the 500X.
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Re: Chain kit lifespan
« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2018, 05:09:56 PM »
My screen bracket bolts on the 17 model are ridiculous.
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