...How often do you clean your chain? How often do you lubricate and how often do you check/adjust chain tension?
I wipe it down ALMOST every time I spray it w/ WD40, and I check the tension OCCASIONALLY, then adjust as necessary (which is NOT often, as I ONLY adjusted the chain a TOTAL of 27 'flats' in 57,000 miles - ONE per 2,000!). I spray it after every OVER-50-mile ride....
I gave your thread 5 stars since some Dickless Twat gave it 1
...Did you inspect the front sprocket? There is much more stress and wear on the front sprocket than the rear sprocket due to the fact it only has ~9 teeth holding the load compared to ~46 and the turning radius of the chain is much smaller....
I replaced the front sprocket at 29,642 MILES and REVERSED the rear one, then I REPLACED that front sprocket again two months ago at 54,228 miles, so I didn't bother going in to check it while replacing the rear....
The proof is not entirely in the chain stretch. What about the noise, and chain efficiency there of? How many tight links did you have since they usually make the most noise....
I had NO tight links, and I changed it BECAUSE it started to be noisy. Incidentally, the noise disappeared when I sprayed the chain again w/ WD40, just before I changed it.
BTW - every now-and-then I would take a light, sit at the back, shine it onto the chain as I turned it, and inspect the O-rings. They were still ALL there! (I kept the chain in case anyone needs to see it.)
Did you ride only in the dry air of Arizona? Or did you ride in Canada too? Did you ride much in the rain?
Presentation ... A+
Documentation ... A+
Dave - I ride my '09 (the GREEN HORNET) in Canada, so BIG RED has been in rain a FEW times, but has been thru the San Pedro River probably 20 times (or MORE...)! Glad you enjoyed my thread.