Modern motorcycles invariably use O-ring chains. This contrasts to the traditional roller chain. Using o-rings to seal the inner bearing surfaces keeps out foreign matter (dirt and water) and can translate to a useful life of 10-15000 miles.

Older bikes may not be able to fit the wider o-ring chain. Roller chain needs far more frequent lubrication and cleaning. Even with careful attention they will last less than 3-5000 miles before the wear of the chain will accelerate the wear of the sprockets.