I was curious if anyone has tried setting their chain slack using a bike stand, and checking later on the side-stand to see if it makes any difference? It sure would be an easier process on the stand.
Hi, I'm sure there will be a difference in measured slack depending on if the bike is loaded or unloaded. The rear padock stand and side stand should be similar as the bike is loaded but the unloaded centre stand measurement will likely be a different reading. I would check the user manual to see the recommended method but I don't have one yet and I'm not sure of your model. However, I had a Yamaha Tracer which the recommended slack was not enough and I always take measurements at a couple of different rotational points as they will be different due to non concentric sprockets & chain wear.
Hi, just checked the 1050 manual and it states it should be adjusted on the side stand according to attached. It then goes on to torque the rear axle. I always re-check the slack after torquing the nut as in my experience it changes the measurement.
Yea, agreed that it's not hard per se. It's just much easier on the knees and convenient in conjunction with an adjustment, alignment and lube.The manual is quite clear that chain slack is to be checked on the side stand. It is from that reference point that normal variance is accounted for.
They do not, however, specify whether the motorcycle should be unloaded, though it seems illogical that they'd assume otherwise, so I remove the panniers and top case, and set the preload to about the center of its range.
It is not at all difficult, and I say that as someone with only basic mechanical skills.
I do know about knees. And every other freaking joint I never used have to think about.Yea, agreed that it's not hard per se. It's just much easier on the knees and convenient in conjunction with an adjustment, alignment and lube.
It would be interesting to know what Suzuki recommends for bikes that come equipped with the OE center stand?Another thought about the manual stating to check the chain on the side stand. Could this be because V Stroms are only sold stock with a side stand providing no other way but to adjust the chain from the factory but on the side stand🤔
As a layman I would tend to agree from a principle point of view that the centre of rotation is not as simple as previously advised and my own experience has confirmed this to me anyhow from a pragmatic point of view, however I'm always open to learning from suitably qualified and experienced others.That would be true if the swingarm pivot point was in the center of the sprocket.
But it's not.