I've got 62,000 miles on my Versys, I have had the clip master link on the last 3 chain/sprocket sets, 2 EK chains and 1 DID chain.
I have had the properly installed clip come off all three chains.
The 2nd chain departed the bike while I was passing a towed horse trailer on a 2 lane country road.......embarassing! I recovered the chain and safety wired a replacement link in place and rode another 100 miles home.
On my last long trip (Charleston SC - St. Louis MO - Indy IN - Charleston SC) in August, I had the clip come off after a hour ride on an Interstate in Kentucky where I was riding 70-80 mph. I generally avoid Interstates and in retrospec my other clip losses occurred after high speed prolonged Interstate riding.....or maybe it just seemed that way.
One shop in Illinois thought that maybe a beefier 525 chain (same chain on the 650 VStrom...) might be the answer.
Wheel/sprocket/chain alignment, chain tension, lube are all watched closely. Can't find any bearing issues and the cush drive has no play and appears fine.
I just replaced the aftermarket sprockets and DID chain last weekend and have installed a Kawasaki OEM front and rear sprockets and another factory spec EK chain.
I also purchased a 525 DID chain, but after trial fit, went back to the EK 520.
I bought a chain tool set and installed a rivet master link (in a different color so I could watch it).
I'm going to install a Scottoiler this weekend and then watch it for the next 25,000 miles without problem.........hopefully!
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Last edited by A2RON; 10-11-2012 at 04:49 PM.