Originally Posted by Synthetic_Darkness
...My point is this. Riding your bike (including wheelies). "Pulls" the chain. Therefore my thinking is that if you have a chain that can take more "pull" surely it will last longer. Don't get me wrong, a really well maintained chain might last longer. But have you tested this? What about a beefier chain that is well maintained?
Guess MAYBE I have tested this - the ORIGINAL chain on my '08 (BIG RED) now has JUST SHY of 40,000 miles on it, and has ONLY been 'lubed' with WD40, at regular intervals (ie - after a 50 mile or more run I spray it, spin the wheel, then wipe it down with a rag, or at the end of the day on long rides, while it's still hot). I keep records, and I've adjusted it a TOTAL of 16 'flats' - as the adjusters are hex-headed, that comes to TWO AND A THIRD turns (6 flats = one turn) - in that 40,000 miles. Replaced the countershaft sprocket at 29,642 miles, then 'reversed' the rear at 31,792 miles. Quite a bit of those miles are on dirt roads, but it is always garaged except when I'm off on a 'trek'..., and I buy my WD40 in gallons.
I had an '04 KLR650 that I put aprox. 54,000 kms on (on WD40) before I changed out the chain on my last Alaska adventure, in Whitehorse, as I'd adjusted it the night before in Watson Lake and neglected to re-check tension after tightening the axle nut. My BAD - it was over-tight and started 'spitting' rollers by the time I noticed, TOO LATE, in Teslin. I loosened it there, then 'limped' into Whitehorse where I changed it while my riding buddy relaxed in the hot springs! (That came to 33,480 miles.)
My Canadian '09 V has around 20 to 25,000 kms on its original chain, AGAIN on WD40 only. You might notice that I don't see the need for a 530....