Although the stock chain is a DID x-ring, it’s not the same as DID’s premium gold x-ring chains, the stock chains tend to be cheap junk. I’m surprised that DID even puts their name on them. I’m sure that Honda specs the chains for their production line. All of my stock chains usually go off very quickly, then I replace with premium and never look back. I even considered replacing the stock chain on my AT when it was brand new, just so save on the cost of the sprockets when the inevitable premature chain failure occurred… but I didn’t.That's a jolly good idea.
Mechanics are only humans and anyone can make a mistake.
So, today I removed the front plastic sprocket cover from my 2020 Africa Twin DCT non adventure model.
I had observed several "O" rings on the floor beneath the bike, and "O" rings buldging out of the chain.
Upon removal of the cover, there was a ton of sticky grease like gunge attached to the inside of the cover.
As I cleaned up the grease I observed at least 15-20 "O" rings embeded in the muck.
I first noticed the "O"rings at around 10,000 km (6,000 miles).
Honda says "just a wear item"
My previous Africa Twin 2016 clutch model served me for 30,000 kms without any chain issues.
My guess is, Honda changed chain suppliers for something cheaper.
I clean an lube the chain after each ride.
Yes, I ride gravel, and I ride sometimes in the rain. I use a good chain spray lube.
Any one out there had a similar problem??
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