What Kinda Bike Is That?
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Mount Desert Island, Maine
I will guarantee each of you a "Sticky Bun", or "Poppy Seed Muffin" if you don't find tight spots in all of your chains. That includes brand new ones.
Put your bikes in neutral, roll them up on their centerstands and slowly rotate the rear wheel. You will find tight spots in all of your chains, including the new ones.
This is why I am an advocate of adjusting your chain while the bike is on its centerstand. The ONLY reason Suzuki doesn't say to do this in the service or owner's manual is that, the V-Strom does not come with a centerstand. So, they will have you adjust the chain on its sidestand.
When adjusting the chain, rotate the rear wheel until the tightest spot is found in the bottom section of the chain. Adjust to that point. Leave more slack then Suzuki suggests for adjusting on the sidestand. When you roll the bike back down off of its centerstand, the weight of the bike on its swingarm will tighten the chain to the appropriate amount.
2007 DL-650 (I gave away in 2012 with 111,000 + miles)
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