Well Hell, I really thought I would have got a few more miles on a high end chain. It Hasn't been two years and only 12K on this new RK chain and now it's going to shits faster than expected. It started out as looking like it just needed a good cleaning as it was making a orange red color. I have a good idea what it is, it's from the micro scopic metal shavings from the rollers as one can't re lube them from deep inside, but one will also see this if one doesn't lube the chain from time to time, as it will come from the side plates as well. Well that's what I thought at first as this all started back on the end of the 1800 mile road trip back in June, I only lubed the chain once on the trip as it looked good plus it didn't need any adjusting, so figured all was good, what I didn't know was deep inside the rollers where going to the crapper. so after a good cleaning and a lube figured I was good to go ha-ha, after a couple trips here and there locally I see this sign again that something is not right, Hmm, okay another cleaning and lube. Now mind ya, since the first time and now I've gone maybe 100 miles and again the chain looks good other than the color it was making which I knew what it was from but was hoping it was the side plates not getting good and slippery. Fast forward to today, this has been going on now for the last two months figured it wasn't going to last much longer so had it in mind as a winter project, ha! Went on a small trip to the coast and back 250-300 miles, when I got back and coasted in the drive way you could hear the chain, sounded like popcorn, snap-crackle-pop, wasn't a good sign. Got of checked it out. now here is a funny thing, threw the vfr on the center stand and reached down to check the chain by hand, went and touched the chain for tension sloop, not only was it super tight but hotter than all get out, Go figure wasn't that way when I left, really had it in mind it would at least make it till the riding season for the most part was over, Nope not going to happen so being very disappointed it was time to lay out the cash for a chain. When I told another riding friend here about the ordeal he informed me he was pretty sure RK has a warranty, Really? wow that be cool cause the new chain was going to run $149 plus. Sure enough after a call to RK America sure enough there is a 20K mile warranty that's pro rated, so now a new chain is on the way free shipping and only $79 out of pocket. I say way to stand behind a product, top notch customer service, even thou I'm disappointed I didn't get the millage out of this one, RK stood behind it, that and they even up graded the chain too. I say Nice. Here's a photo of what it looked like just last week after the ride. So if your chain is looking like this, you best be on guard.