Chain maintenance is one of those forum HOT topics. There at least 20 other chain threads with maybe a 1000 posts.
The modern oring motorcycle chain can easily achieve 20,000-30,000 miles with minimal maintenance and care. Oring chains was the best thing to happen to chains in the last 50 years .......as far as increased longevity and decreasing maintenance and cleaning.
Light lubrication every 300-500 miles with chain lube of your choice.
Light cleaning with a rag with WD40 or kerosene is one way of cleaning. Depends on use and location but cleaning might be done every 1000-5000 miles. There are many cleaning systems DIY and for purchase. What ever system you choose the importance of not disturbing the factory oring seals and factory grease is critical.
Soaking the oring chain in kerosene is NOT recommended.........any thing that washes or dilutes the sealed grease in the chain is not good.
Typical manufacture instruction:
RK Excel Maintenance
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