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Old 12-18-2006, 08:55 PM
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Chain adjustment

Eric, what happens if you get your chain too tight on a street bike. I adjusted it because it was definitely too loose. I didn't adjust it enough, but now I think I have it but it might be too tight but I am not sure. What would happen if it is?

Is it something you just figure out someday or is it more scientific?

Any suggestions?

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Old 12-20-2006, 11:57 AM
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A lot of bad things can happen if it is to tight! Your best bet if you can not figure it out yourself talk Oak into checking it out for ya. You are in Seattle so I think he would be closest to you. That or take it to a shop
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Old 12-20-2006, 01:50 PM
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too tight will prematurely stretch your chain, wear the bearings in the links, wear the teeth on your sprockets, slow you down and increase fuel consumption with increased driveline friction.

it's better to err on the side of loose than tight.

just make sure it's not SO loose that you can pull the links away from the rear sprocket more than 1/4 of the tooth depth.
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Old 12-20-2006, 02:14 PM
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Crap maybe I should loosen it a little. Is the chain slop normal on a 1000cc?

Maybe I should buy a front sprocket with one less tooth. Gain a little more low end. Do you think I am just not used to the power and it is slapping the chain?

It calls for one inch of slop to 1 and 3/8 I have it barely 1 inch.

I will double check it again tonight.
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Old 12-20-2006, 10:26 PM
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just make sure it's not SO loose that you can pull the links away from the rear sprocket more than 1/4 of the tooth depth.

so if I have an inch of slack but I can't move the chain on the sprocket (tooth depth) that is too tight?

BTW It isn't that I am cheap its that I want to be self sufficient. I know all about cars and 4x4's but pretty new to bikes.
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Old 12-20-2006, 10:59 PM
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Personaly, I'd go a little looser. Another 1/4" anyway. Thing you have to remember is when you compress the suspension (sit on the bike) it tightens up the chain also.. If you're a pretty big guy that's quite a bit. Watch a MOTO GP race. They're runnin them chains pretty loose. They change them every race of course. But failure is failure. Whether on the track or on the road.
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Old 12-21-2006, 10:46 AM
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Personaly, I'd go a little looser. Another 1/4" anyway. Thing you have to remember is when you compress the suspension (sit on the bike) it tightens up the chain also.. If you're a pretty big guy that's quite a bit. Watch a MOTO GP race. They're runnin them chains pretty loose. They change them every race of course. But failure is failure. Whether on the track or on the road.
thanks for the advice I will back mine off a little, but I'm having a tough time getting used to the sloppy feeling. I just bought the bike I am moving up from an R6.

Way different feel.
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Old 12-21-2006, 11:02 AM
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Way different feel.
That's an understatement..
Something else that just came to mind too. The rear wheel on mine has a bushing type setup where the Sprocket assy goes into the wheel. Might check for excessive play there too. I thought you said the bike didn't have a lot of miles on it. But if the rear's been off a few times a spacer or something might be missing and cause there to be slack in that area. Get it?
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Old 12-21-2006, 11:10 AM
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I will check. It only has 5,000 miles on it, and the clunk only happens when you coast then hit it or when you are shifting at low speeds. It is probably the way I drive. I only put about 25 miles on it since I have had it.
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Old 12-21-2006, 11:38 AM
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OOhhhh. Yer just and I MEAN just gettin started. You'll smooth out. Throttle control. It's a lot different than that R6. Lot touchier.... Lot more torque down lower. Don't have to get up in the RPM to hit the power.. Give it time. Mellow with the throttle. Hell, I thought you had been riding it awhile..

One other thing. We don't DRIVE, we RIDE...
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Old 12-21-2006, 01:32 PM
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I know I am a $ wheeler too so I get confused Ride/Drive. lol

Ya throttle control. I think the R6 has a lot more low end. The R6 has a one tooth less on the front sprocket and it lights up from a stop. The 1000 lights up just after it starts to move.

I will check the chain again tonight I am sure I need to loosen it and then I will get some more riding time. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't damaging it. Plus I am going to install my integrated tail lights in.
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Old 12-31-2006, 09:41 PM
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Update

I loosened the chain just a click and it is smoother. I think it was me on a liter bike now. I absolutely love this bike.

DJ I want to go for a ride soon.
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Mines belt drive.

Do I need to adjust that?

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Old 01-16-2007, 03:58 PM
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DJ I want to go for a ride soon.
See if you can find us some studded tires...
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:04 PM
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Did you fix your bike yet?
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Old 01-17-2007, 08:44 AM
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Not really. The crappy weather has just put a dampner on things.. Need to bend a couple parts just a little bit, re-adjust my shifter and get another puck for my slider.. Not that it's not ridable now though.
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Old 01-19-2007, 05:22 AM
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Not really. The crappy weather has just put a dampner on things.. Need to bend a couple parts just a little bit, re-adjust my shifter and get another puck for my slider.. Not that it's not ridable now though.
the only thing questionable on your bike is the pilot...
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Old 01-19-2007, 09:05 AM
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the only thing questionable on your bike is the pilot...
Uh, Gee thanks Oak.. I'll remember that on the next ride that I'M LEADING!!

That is of course unless you're VOLUNTEERING to lead from now on??
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