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post #1 of 6 Old 09-11-2013, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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I cannot find my manual. What is my chain tension supposed to be with the bike sitting on its tires.
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The little google box at the top of the page tells all if you google chain tension.
Or for the immediate answer, oh, about an inch , inch and quarter.
Better loose than tight.
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-12-2013, 10:57 AM
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The Google search box does not work when I'm running Firefox browser. It works with Internet Explorer.

The book chain tension is .8" to 1.2" An inch is good. As always, don't trust the swingarm marks for alignment. Sight off the rear sprocket to be sure the chain is running straight off it.

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manual recommends 1" to 1 1/2", I've heard 1 3/4th is nice and that's what my bike is at.

My question is when do you normally have to adjust a new chain to account for stretching and is it normal to not have to adjust a chain in the first 3500 miles?

Mine is still holding at 1 3/4"

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The Google search box does not work when I'm running Firefox browser. It works with Internet Explorer.
Hmmm.... I saw this and had to check. I'm in Firefox and the Google Custom Search function works fine. Wonder if you are running the current version of Firefox?
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manual recommends 1" to 1 1/2", I've heard 1 3/4th is nice and that's what my bike is at.

My question is when do you normally have to adjust a new chain to account for stretching and is it normal to not have to adjust a chain in the first 3500 miles?

Mine is still holding at 1 3/4"
A lot depensds on how thight the chain was first put on and how you lube it. One of my chains on my 2006 was replaced at 46,000 miles and was not adjusted until maybe 10,000 miles before that; and that was more a result of checking things after a crash.

I replaced the stock OEM chain on my 2012 at 41,000 miles. (My mechanic said it still had lots of life left in it but I had three chain issues happen around me and was about to go on a 2,700 mile ride with my wife and thought someone was trying to tel me something.)

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