First thing I see is chain misalignment, what are you using for lube? As to soaking chain, no, kerosene or diesel fuel yes. Take a pan and pour in a small amount, use a paint brush and work it into the links, do a foot at a time, washing both sides, the reason not to soak it, is the chain is sealed, eventually the kerosene will work it's way past the O rings, dissolve the grease, and your chain is shot then for sure. I use Dupont chain saver, or Dupont multi purpose lube, not starting another chain lube thread here. My opinion of turning the sprockets, not needed. I think if you clean the chain first , either you get the crap out and have all free links , or if you can't free all the links, you need a new chain. Then make sure it is aligned correctly, yours isn't.
I am going to try this tomorrow. I know virgin coconut oil does a fantastic job of cleaning rust out and freeing stuff, if applied well and allowed to rest a whole day/night.
I use dry chain wax from Tirbocor - a local brand.
I'll head to the dealer, and have them clean up the chain thoroughly, and loosen up the links if possible. Then tighten the chain and re-align it. Then ride home, and add the coconut oil to get rid of or loosen the rust. Then maybe another clean up and lube.
I'll have to buy the chain alignment tool, as well as a torque wrench so I can start doing these things myself.
Just got off the phone with the guys at the dealership here - and they dont have a chain alignment tool - they just use the markings on either side of the swing arm (which seem correct - but we all know they can be way off). Now what? Use the string method? Anything easier?
Further, how do you think my rear sprockets look at the moment? Are they okay?