I not only clean my chain with WD40.....I lube my chain with WD40.
Chain maintenance garners as many arguments as any other moto debate, so I won't get sucked into it. I'll just ask you to read the article labeled "The WD40 Experiment" at the bottom of the page linked here... http://www.watt-man.com/Information__Articles.html
I am with your buddy. My wife maintains her chains almost religiously and I don't maintain mine at all. They seem to last about the same time. I am not saying I advocate that modern O and X ring chains are maintenance free, but pretty damned close?The important part is not cheaping out when buying a chain, and not running it too tight. My buddy doesn’t lube his chains... they seem to last as long as mine do, l just can’t make that leap.
I would note the price of this S100 is € 16,99 for 400 ml so it is expensive.In Germany , we have a good product called S100 White from Dr OK Wack. I have found that I can continue to drive "Road" just re-applying a touch after heavy rain or in dry periods about every 3tkm , on a RD07 I was getting chain life of 2 years ( 40tkm ) but I do a Tension adjust twice a year. Interestingly after just 1 tkm at first Service the chain did already Need a little bit more Tension, I believe I may have stretched it a bit enjoying all the new torque available
I'm not sure if its to do with the longer chain length and looser run, but chain wear does seem to be more pronounced on the AT. I get about 10kkm more out of a chain on the Varadero (i.e. 35kkm +), which is the same chain, but only 120 links (and the Vara is heavier too). The old AT used the same chain as well, and I only got about 25kkm out of a chain on that. I got 30kkm out of my 1st chain on the CRF and I was happy with that.
Or maybe its just off-road riding....
Perhaps I just stretch my chain quicker on my CRF than I did before on the XRV.
maybe the 35Nm extra torque is responsible
I hate the premature chain wear ..rattle / cost caused by having wrong slack (mostly too tight after service )
, so to save the frequent chain changes, I use a chain monkey for off road then I just (re)or pre-set at my slack at 2 inch before a tour / and yes if I'm loaded it might be as high as 2.25 , but to hold it all together over rough stuff the Acerbis guard is helpful.
In the winter I set this slack a bit tighter but its still >1.8 inch for my no load commute.