I have used D.I.D. X-ring chains for years on my old Speed Triple and typically got 20,000 miles out of them, just like clockwork.
As documented in this thread
, the original chain on my Versys wore out faster than I expected while I was on a trip and I had it replaced at a dealership 850 miles from home. Unknown to me at the time (and as confirmed by Invader in a helpful post
in the same thread) there are two versions of D.I.D. 520 VX2 chains, with either a rivet master link or a clip-style master link and the dealership ordered and installed the clip-style master link. Much later, while cleaning the chain, I noticed that the master link clip was missing. I bought another one locally, watched it like a hawk, and soon saw that it, too, was gone. I then safety wired the master link and never had another problem until now.
With 16,000 miles on this chain, it has an extreme tight spot and needs to be replaced. A close inspection shows that one link looks visibly different, as if the pins and holes in the plates are much more worn than other links. It's so bad I can't adjust the chain to specs. It's too loose except when the bad link is on the rear sprocket, and then it's too tight. Needless to say, it's also noisy.
Like I said, I've always had good luck with D.I.D. X-ring chains on a bike that is harder on chains than the Versys, but this one's shot at 16,000 miles and has given me trouble, instead of the usual 20,000 miles I'm accustomed to.
A search of the forum shows that others here also have positive things to say about D.I.D. X-ring chains. So my questions:
Does anyone have experience of putting a lot of miles on the Versys with another chain that you'd like to recommend?
Do you think I got a bad D.I.D. chain, or maybe it's just bad luck?
I'm pondering now what to buy as a replacement chain. Open to suggestions.