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    did the chain have white lube on it when you took it out of the box? could be that chain was discovered in the bottom of a parts box that had been sitting in a scorching hot warehouse in southeast asia for 18 years. Could be the machine rivetiing the links was slightly out of spec that day. If the links are free and the barrels are spinning freely I'de ride the crap out of it. O ring smo ring
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    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:
    https://www.didchain.com/chainMaintenance.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by showkey View Post
    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:
    https://www.didchain.com/chainMaintenance.html

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    It's not recommended by companies that coincidentally sell chain cleaners for the chains they sell... Although it used to be.

    Someone copied and pasted manufacturer's recommendations on how to clean various chain brands on a Ducati forum back in 2014. Think the properties of kerosene chain cleaning has changed that much in 5 yrs? Those recommendations look a little different than the recommendations on their sites today. One blatantly says not to use kerosene, the others recommend it or don't mention it. See bottom of post.

    By theory, kerosene shouldn't penetrate the o ring seal if they are functioning properly, although WD40 could. If the seals aren't functioning properly, kerosene will be the least of your worries, as road grime, dirt, dust, water, etc will work their way into where the factory grease is while riding....and stay there.

    I also was not meaning to drop the chain in a vat of kerosene and check back in a week either. Do some research, it is certainly not uncommon to clean o ring chains liberally with kerosene. You can spray it on, wiping away, get most but not all of the grime off, or you can take the chain off, submerge it in kerosene for a few minutes, jostle it around a bit so debris and grime loosens and lets go, clean gently with toothbrush in the kerosene, let dry, reinstall, and lubricate it.

    The difference is like trying to clean a stain off a shirt by spraying something on it and wiping it, or simply throwing it in the washer.

    If you done this every week, there may be ill effects. If done once every year or two depending on how often you ride, it's hard for me to see it really doing any premature harm to the chain.





    2014 post from Duc forum:


    EK chain:
    Do not use harsh solvents or chemicals, such as gasoline or benzene. EK recommends using a biodegradable degreaser with a soft (non-wire) bristle brush or clean cloth for removing dirt. Use kerosene (paraffin oil) if necessary, let dry and lubricate immediately within 10 minutes.
    https://www.ekchain.com/install.htm

    RK Chain:
    Q How should I maintain my O-ring chain?
    A. Doing routine maintenance on any chain is a crucial step to getting the maximum wearlife out of your chain. You should clean and check its adjustment every 400 miles (sooner if the chain gets excessively dirty). Use formulated O-ring chain cleaner or other similar product to keep dirt from building up around link plates and rollers. Don’t use a wire brush or pressure washer. Lubing an O-Ring chain is vital for maximum wearlife. All RK O-Ring chains are injected at the factory with a lifetime supply of internal lubricant. The purpose of an O-Ring lube is to keep the chain from rusting and the O-rings from drying out. We recommend RK special formula O-Ring Chain Lube because it is a non-aerosol, specifically formulated to stick the chain, yet not attract excessive dirt.
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    Regina:
    If the chain is not too dirty, the operation of lubrication is normally sufficient to clean the chain.
    When the accumulation of dirt on the chain (sand, mud, asphalt particles or other foreign materials) is excessive, the chain must be washed with a brush and kerosene. After washing, the chain has to be dried immediately with a jet of compressed air.
    After off-road use, when the dirt built-up is heavy, wash the chain with a water jet, then dry it immediately with compressed air.
    Avoid the use of steam, gasoline or solvents.
    When cleaning O-Ring chains, avoid the use of hard brushes or other methods that could damage the rubber O-Rings (compressed air should be kept at 50 cm/2 ft distance minimum).
    After washing, immediately lubricate the chain as explained in the next chapter.
    https://www.reginachain.it/eng/use_an...how_to03.shtml

    Tsubaki:
    To clean your Tsubaki chain, it is first necessary to raise the motorcycle on its centre stand with the engine off and the transmission in neutral. Then rotate the rear wheel of the motorcycle (using care to keep your fingers away from the sprockets and chain), spray a moisture displacement lubricant to one side of the chain. After 2 or 3 full revolutions, switch sides and repeat. In this manner you have floated the dirt off the chain and now you need to wipe off the chain with a clean cloth to remove the excess lubricant and dirt residue. Never use a flammable solvent such as gasoline, benzine or kerosene. Additionally, never use water, detergents, steam cleaner or a coarse brush as these damage the chain.
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    Diamond Chain:
    O-ring chains may be cleaned externally by washing in kerosene. Do not use
    any other cleaning agent or the O-rings may be damaged. When cleaning O-ring chain, clean only the external areas of the chain.
    Do not attempt to force kerosene into the pin-bush cavity.
    For chains which are still usable, soak them in SAE 40 or 50 automotive engine oil (without additives).
    Flexing the chain in oil will assure greater penetration of lubricant. Inspect
    and clean sprockets.
    https://www.diamondchain.co.uk/usr_do...ycle_chain.pdf

    WD-40 is not a good cleaner for your chain.
    For two reasons:

    1) WD-40 contains cleaning solutions that will interfere with whatever lubricant you choose to (TRY AND) apply afterwards.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kalifornia View Post
    If the links are free and the barrels are spinning freely I'de ride the crap out of it. O ring smo ring
    I agree.

    The chain is not bad until it is. Keep it lubed. Ride it until you see it start to get stiff links.

    JT

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    Most or all DID chains have "DID" stamped on the side plates.

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    Thanks for all of your comments here guys, much appreciated. It is indeed a DID VX2 chain and I subscribe to the philosophy of leaving alone; I'd check tension every 500 miles or so, potentially lubing if it needed it - but often not every time as it looked clean and well lubricated.

    The broken O-rings aren't cracked that I can tell, the couple that I've pulled free from the link - but did break easily as I handled them. I suspect old stock, personally - and I'm planning on ordering a replacement from the Honda dealer to fit. However, as my rides aren't typically too long - 20 miles to work, the same home - I'm checking the chain after each ride, to ensure it's not developing any tight spots or the like. I'll keep doing that, and over lubricating it until I can be bothered to fit a replacement.

    Still - sprockets from eBay, sure: I think chains are better to source from a known and more reliable retailer...

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    My guess is that if you don’t ride in the rain, that chain should last quite a while if you keep it lubricated.

    JT

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    My 2014 has over 40,000 kilometer on it and I'm still running the original chain and sprockets. Most of the miles have been from very long tours I've taken and commuting. I clean often with WD40 or varsol and lubes after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jt105 View Post
    My guess is that if you don’t ride in the rain, that chain should last quite a while if you keep it lubricated.

    JT
    There are many documents, articles, forums discussions and riders that say........”lube just enough to keep the rust away”

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    Quote Originally Posted by showkey View Post
    There are many documents, articles, forums discussions and riders that say........”lube just enough to keep the rust away”
    I believe the issue is too much lube gathers abrasive dirt and grime and causes faster wear. Also, extra lube results in nasty fling all over the rear wheel.

    JT

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