Originally Posted by Daedalus Films
How does Sidewinder compare to DID? I know from personal experience that Sidewinder fails completely at customer service, they just don't want to be bothered with business. And their priceguide on the site dates from 2004 (yet doesn't list any prices anymore, so you can't even get an idea of costs). Is their stuff actually as good as some claim, or are they just selling a Sidewinder Snake Oil?
Pure unadulturated SNAKE OIL. ;-) Larry Krause has been snagging newbies for over 20 years. He makes the cheapest crap out there. Actually, he doesn't
"Make" anythiing. It all comes from Asia and has done WAY before it was any
good. He makes Sprockets too which by some reports are OK. I don't trust the dude. He is a crook, I would avoid him.
In the last ten years I've looked hard at many different chains over the long
term. With our test bikes and my own personal bikes I've had a good opportunity to see how they do.
The clear winner at this point (and I have NO idea exactly why) is DID.
Their chains are out lasting all others. Some DID OEM chains are not great, but the X ring VM aftermarket ones are the very best I've used. My Tiger (now sold) was at 30K on the chain and still looking good and requiring only ONE adjustment in this time. Useage included lots of dirt ridiing, wheelies and
I'm on my 2nd DID X ring VM on my current Vstrom (45K miles on bike). The original OEM chain only lasted 10K miles. (I take good care of my chains but ride hard at times) I went with the DID.
This first DID lasted 25K miles ( so now up to 35K on bike) but still looked very good. But since I was looking at a 7K mile trip I thought I better change it out. I always change to new sprockets as well. Always steel, never Aluminum.
At 25K the countershaft sprocket was slightly hooked. The rear sprocket was not too bad but was sharpening up some. Not good.
This time around I am going to try something some very experienced LD riders
passed on. They said with high torque/power bikes the countershaft sprocket
tends to wear prematurely. Especially with "spirited" riding. Once it starts to
"Hook" even slightly, the chain will begin to wear more rapidly.
So they say to change out the CS sprocket only at about 10 to 15K miles. I will try this. The OEM Suzuki sproket is only around $25. They claim 40K miles
from the DID if well cared for.
On the road I maintain my chain everyday. On long rides of 500 miles in day or so I use my home made gravity feed oiler. I use 90 wt. gear oil very sparingly.
Chain lube and other sticky waxes and oils build up and collect spluge around the Countershaft sprocket, creating a NIGHTMARE clean up job. Also, all this
collected grit just continues to grind away, even if your chain is clean, that
crap is STILL in there and will get on the chain...again.
So, bottom line for me? Keep it clean. I use WD40 or solvent or diesel to clean my chain every morning. I wipe down chain and try to clean in and around
the rubber swing arm buffers, above and below. Then I oil with a very small
amount of 90 wt gear oil. If I'm using the auto oiler I use a very minimal amount, except in rain. All this takes about 5 minutes. Big deal.
Adjustment and alignment is also critical. Set adjustment according to your
load. Check chain slack with rider(s) and gear on bike. Don't run a too tight
chain. Loose is bad too. (noisey, rough feeling)
When headed into dirt on the Vstrom (or any chain drive bike) I stop and clean off the chain the best I can. Oil and dirt/sand/grit are not happy bedfellows. Always run your chain "Dry" in the dirt. Trust me, it will last longer
than if you oil it. 40 years of dirt riding has taught this lesson very well.
Once you resume the pavement, oil her up ...... Lightly! You just don't need
a lot of oil on your chain!!!
Well, time to go clean my chain!! ;-)