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Old 05-22-2014, 05:51 AM   #1
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Chain longevity

I have a 2009 KLR 650. I haven't owned a chain driven bike for awhile. With proper lubrication, approximately what can I expect out of the OEM chain for miles??
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Old 05-22-2014, 06:04 AM   #2
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Keep it lubed, keep it loose (not TOO loose, mind you, but better loose than tight) and you may get 30K miles out of an O-ring type chain.
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:07 AM   #3
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Well I must be doing something wrong lol. There is no way I get 30k out of a chain. Maybe 10-12k on a xring one. Maybe just a cheap chain also I do not clean it enough but I lube it often. I also do a lot of off-road riding mud sand etc. on my 500.
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Old 05-22-2014, 11:33 AM   #4
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I also do a lot of off-road riding mud sand etc. on my 500.
that answers the question.

no way you will get anywhere near 30k miles out of a chain routinely riding in mud. probably not in sand either, but i don't have enough experience with sand riding to say.

(a fine example of why answers to questions like this have to be put into context. another person's experience may or may not be relevant to you at all. you can't know without knowing their frame or reference.)
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Old 05-23-2014, 03:20 AM   #5
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I have had good luck with DID. On my DL650 I have had them last over 20K miles with alot of touring mileage to as short as 9-10K miles when used locally playing a lot on and off tarmac. I rarely get more than 5-8K miles on my XR650L. Just like tires, your mileage will vary greatly depending on how hard to use it and where.
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Old 05-23-2014, 04:32 AM   #6
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that answers the question.

no way you will get anywhere near 30k miles out of a chain routinely riding in mud. probably not in sand either, but i don't have enough experience with sand riding to say.

(a fine example of why answers to questions like this have to be put into context. another person's experience may or may not be relevant to you at all. you can't know without knowing their frame or reference.)
Well, I only get 12K-15K out of the chains on my STREET bikes.
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Old 05-23-2014, 05:05 AM   #7
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Well, I only get 12K-15K out of the chains on my STREET bikes.
I'm with you, 14K on the chain on my f650gs. 50/50 street and dirt. I've never gotten much over 16K on any of my chain-driven bikes, street or dirt.
I think chain wear has a lot to do with the quality of the chain and how aggressive your riding style...Wheelies will ruin a chain after a while.
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Old 05-23-2014, 06:59 AM   #8
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I get about 15,000 on a chain/sprockets on my KLX650. I'm not great on maintenance, but I also don't pressure wash the bike or spray a hose around the chain, so I'm not blowing lube out of the sealed pins (O-ring). I replace when there are a few links getting tight and I can see the sprockets are starting to show some hook. I also usually have it timed to do the whole thing during a tire change too. Why do the work twice?
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Old 05-23-2014, 07:34 PM   #9
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I got about 22K on my KLR's OEM chain/sprockets (90% street use), and have never been able to get that kinda lifespan with a replacement. I got ~17K on my last Primary Drive O-ring chain/sprockets from Rocky Mtn ATV, was happy enough that I used the same setup again. A lotta dirt/sand riding shortens chain/sprocket life big-time, I use the same Primary Drive chain/sprockets on my DRZ (50% offroad use) and am lucky to make it to the 10K-mile mark before the chain has frozen links and the sprocket teeth are sharp.

Sharp sprocket teeth are better than no sprocket teeth, BTW


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