Welcome to Netrider ... Connecting Riders!

Interested in talking motorbikes with a terrific community of riders?
Signup (it's quick and free) to join the discussions and access the full suite of tools and information that Netrider has to offer.

Tightening a Sportbike Chain??

Discussion in 'Bling and Appearance' at netrider.net.au started by ZX9rB3, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. Hi all as Im a lazy bugger some times I usually get the bike shop to tighten my chain. However I need to tighten it and have to do it myself so how do you tighten the chain without a center stand or race type stand?? :?: Like can you adjust with the wheel on the ground?

    Cheers all and thanks in advance

  2. Yep.

    Loosen the axle nut and adjust the chain adjusters.

    Re-tighten axle and check the tension in a few spots
  3. makes sure it's within spec for your bike too, or troubles will seek you out.
  4. Thanks guys so it doesnt matter that the rear wheel is on the ground while you adjust it
  5. Nope
  6. Haa. yes. I know why you are asking this.

    My 1976 Yahama XS360's chain tension changed with the swing arm position.
    The service manual required somebody to be sitting on the bike for a correct

    (this bike was a tank of *hit)

    in fact, one day, i was riding it to a wrecker to sell. i hit a bump, and
    the chain became so tight, that it snapped, and ripped off the left/back
    corner of the motor. I was minutes away from getting $300 for it ;(

    Moral-- RTFM

    This is the only bike I've ever known to require loaded suspension
    for adjustment, but you never know.

    Nb/ I prefer the tigher side of the tolerance.

  7. Dude -have a look through your owners manual. Who do you reckon would know best -the engineers who designed your bike or the opinion of some internet "expert"?
  8. :rofl: :LOL: Sorry but thats pretty funny :)
  9. Very dangerous too :(
  10. Thats pretty good advice for a 9 year old :grin: As usual but the last place I look is a manual :LOL: and yes I should look there first. I will take your advice and look it up. :eek: Ta!