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BMW Motorrad Says It's Made A Zero-Maintenance Chain

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I never found chain maintenance to be a problem and the ones I used lasted 25k miles or better. the PITA is replacing the chain

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When they figure out how to make final drives that are reliable, maybe then they’ll have some credibility regarding a magical new chain.

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B M Trouble-U making maintenance free chains? That means itís a dealer only item and it will cost you $1,200 and you have to change it every 5,000km.
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Call me a skeptic for the moment. Other chain manufacturers have developed link coatings as well.... chain maintenance is way less than it used to be and isn't really a hardship like it was in the old days.
So, will BMW warranty the chain for life? I'll betcha there would be a few conditions.....
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It sounds like alot of marketing spin to me...wear on the pins and bushings when the sealing rings fail, grease escapes and dirt enters might be more of a factor than roller wear, which I think is generally true of chains...they wear from the inside out. Being maintenance free, more often than not that means people will neglect it, meaning a shorter service life and perhaps higher cost of replacement.
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It sounds like alot of marketing spin to me...wear on the pins and bushings when the sealing rings fail, grease escapes and dirt enters might be more of a factor than roller wear, which I think is generally true of chains...they wear from the inside out. Being maintenance free, more often than not that means people will neglect it, meaning a shorter service life and perhaps higher cost of replacement.
I agree. I never had a chain fail due to rollers going bad. Every chain I have had failed because the X ring would eventually fail allowing the lubricant to leak out. Last chain I replaced I was absolutely meticulous about frequently cleaning and lubricating it with Motul products. Made no difference - got about the same miles as I did with previous chains that I wasn’t as meticulous with. Grit gets on the X rings and will eventually destroy them no matter what you do.

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But will the bike last the life of the chain ??. The final drive was originally 'lubed for life' it ended up being a short life.
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My last chain on my CB 1100 went 36,909 miles. The one on the FZ-1 before it went 35,000 miles and I'm not easy on them (spelled not adjusted, cleaned or lubed as often as the manual says). Figuring the average rider rides less than 5000 miles a year that's 7 or 8 years and it seems the majority of owners don't keep a bike that long. So BMW's chain will "probably" last the life of the original owners time with their bike.

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My last chain on my CB 1100 went 36,909 miles. The one on the FZ-1 before it went 35,000 miles and I'm not easy on them (spelled not adjusted, cleaned or lubed as often as the manual says). Figuring the average rider rides less than 5000 miles a year that's 7 or 8 years and it seems the majority of owners don't keep a bike that long. So BMW's chain will "probably" last the life of the original owners time with their bike.
That’s pretty impressive. I’m pretty fussy about keeping my chain clean and lubricated on my bikes and have never gotten more than 35,000 km or so from a chain set. I always found that they developed tight spots by then, so would change them out proactively. Had 2 FZ1’s in the past also, and same thing, 30-35,000 km and time for new chain and sprockets. Maybe I should be running my chains longer or just not clean them so much?
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