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Any of you guys experienced premature chain failure on your 2012 V? A buddy of mine is now on his 3rd chain and we only had the bikes (new) in April this year. Mileage done so far is just 7k km. The oem chain lasted about 5k while the 2nd which was a DID gold lasted just under 2k. His chain just kinks up and the o rings shreds off.

I have had no problem with my bike other than losing my exhaust cap (which just fell off ... crappy tag weld :eek:) and the oem chain is doing fine though the dunlops are toast. Our regular mechanic has had 3 cases of such chain failure (including my buddy's).
 

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Thanks guys for your insights. The bikes are both new and there was no abnormal wear on both front and rear sprockets. Anyhow we will pay special attention on both chain alignment and chain slack and see how this new chain will perform. What really bugs me is how did this happen? Sort of puts a damper on our plans to do a 10k km ride to Laos end of this year.

ps We both had scottoilers on our bikes from day 1
 

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My original 2007 Versys chain was stretched unevenly was the start, and I replaced it for a DID VM520 gold at 4600 kms. The DID VM is still perfect at 15000 kms.

What type of oil do you use in chain oiler? You ride in a lot of sand? Chain alignment and tension appeared to be properly set?
 

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We use scottoil red high temperature oil for warmer climate. We ride mostly on road and our weather is tropical (meaning wet n dry).

During the 2nd chain installation and set up my buddy was on the bike (to load the bike) prior to seting the chain tension/slack. The wheel alignment was then fine tuned and nuts tightened. The next day we departed for a 2k km ride to Thailand. When we reached our destination (after about 1k km) we found the chain's o rings have started to come off and some were already shredded and a grating noise was coming off around the front sprocket area. This was a set of DID Gold chain. We limped our way back home after the trip and had the chain replaced again with another set of DID Gold. This is where we are at right now. Was it a bad production batch? We don't really know and still don't know what caused it.

By the way it might be a good idea to check your exhaust cap on your 2012 coz mine just dropped off along the way. It was only held on by a short 20mm fillet weld to exhaust pipe instead of a full weld.

 

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During the 2nd chain installation and set up my buddy was on the bike (to load the bike) prior to seting the chain tension/slack. The wheel alignment was then fine tuned and nuts tightened. The next day we departed for a 2k km ride to Thailand. When we reached our destination (after about 1k km) we found the chain's o rings have started to come off and some were already shredded and a grating noise was coming off around the front sprocket area. This was a set of DID Gold chain...
So the rear suspension was only slightly compressed. How much slack did you give the chain then? If close to none, chain was too tight and overheated.
 

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Exactly which gold DID chain model was it? All their chain grades are available in gold... Were they O-rings or X-rings? What is stamped on the chain plates?
 

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They were X rings. Another similar set is now on the bike and we will see how this set will hold out. In the meanwhile my oem chain is doing just fine.
 

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By the way it might be a good idea to check your exhaust cap on your 2012 coz mine just dropped off along the way. It was only held on by a short 20mm fillet weld to exhaust pipe instead of a full weld.

Mine exhaust cap came off while a Friend pushed on it with his toe, not much pressure. Kawasaki replaced it no charge since the bike was still under factory warranty.
 

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I think mine probably failed at the weld from high frequency vibes. Looking at the weld I think there was hardly any penetration on the exhaust cap ... just poor and inadequate welding. Haven't found the time to send the bike to dealer for warranty claim yet.
 

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Wow, this is pretty strange. Signing up to this thread to see what the outcome will be. 2 chains toasted, one OEM, one aftermarket (which would seem to rule out bad batch of chains). Alignment and tension are good. Does it sound/look like it's meshing properly with the front sprocket? You mentioned the grating noise after the o-rings were shredded, how about before, any noise? Could there be some contaminant in the scottoiler lube that is eating the o-rings?
 

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Wow, this is pretty strange. Signing up to this thread to see what the outcome will be. 2 chains toasted, one OEM, one aftermarket (which would seem to rule out bad batch of chains). Alignment and tension are good. Does it sound/look like it's meshing properly with the front sprocket? You mentioned the grating noise after the o-rings were shredded, how about before, any noise? Could there be some contaminant in the scottoiler lube that is eating the o-rings?
When the 2nd chain was installed everything seemed fine. After doing 1k km the next day the grating noise started. That's when we inspected the chain and found the o rings coming off. On the return leg the chain started to kink up with some links forming "^" and I guess that's what was causing the grating sounds. Still haven't a clue how this happened to 2 sets of chain!

Contaminant in the scotoiler? Hmmm ... will check that out but it's unlikely as we both used oil from scottoiler.
 

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I doubt that the chain is a counterfeit chain as the workshop was replacing the chain without cost. Furthermore the workshop is known to both of us and is reliable. Between my buddy and myself, we have 7 bikes that are maintained by this workshop.
 
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