i replaced my oem "Indian Diamond " chain with just over 10k...It had stretched a bit and I did adjust twice over the mileage stated...It's hanging on a nail in the garage straight with no kinks and further inspection didn't show any serious wear between the links..Maybe its the lube i'm using ...My teeth look okay too..
Letter sent to RE corporate.
I lube my chain before every ride; I bought my C5 from the second owner, at about 1100 mi on the clock. How do you tell if you have the stock chain or if it is an aftermarket chain? And how do you tell if your sprockets are being damaged? Mine seem to look fine, but without experienced eyes who knows?
dougoHere is a link that gives a lot of information about chains including a drawing showing how a totally worn out chain can be pulled up off of the rear sprocket.I've never seen one that could have its link become as disengaged as the drawing shows but it shows the general idea. IMO, of the link can be pulled up off of the sprocket teeth over 1/8 inch, it is time to get rid of it.http://www.bikerenews.com/Stories_Archives/Chains.htmlActually, I don't think my chain was even that bad but when I had to adjust it 3 times in just 3000 miles to get the right amount of looseness I said to myself, "Enough! Be gone with you!"A good chain can go much further without needing adjustment to keep the right amount of chain slack.