Hope this isn't too much of a thread hijack, but...
I was adjusting the chain on my fairly recently acquired 2003 (4k miles currently), and noticed the chain was stiff and had some rust. I removed it and did the kerosene soak and scrub. Still stiff. Still some rust. Took it to a local bike shop (1 hour away) and the guy said, "yeah, a little stiff, but that's the way o-ring chains are. I'd just put it back on the bike, lube it real good and ride for another 10k miles." (presumably not without periodic lubes)
Really? Seems like a mileage/horsepower hog. Can someone describe how stiff an o-ring chain should/could be before considering replacement?
My chain (even after lube), if held draped over one hand, will hold a "kinked" position if I bend it in it's natural way at one of the links. In other words, the chain will not flop down straight under its own weight.
Does that sound right?
2003 KLR farkled with a fishing seat for tank panniers, a milk crate for a tail box, and bailing wire and duct tape just for looks