Originally Posted by Yossarian™
Agreed. The advent of the O-ring (and the subsequent Z- and X-ring) chain has markedly improved chain life. The steel has also gotten much better. All my bikes are chain drive and it does not bother me one iota.
Yep, I just changed my DL650 chain at 23,000 miles. Only reason to change out was the counter sprocket was getting crunchy. When I compared the new chain to the old stocker, there was very little stretch. Stock chain on my Strom was an X-ring, not no steenkin o-ring.