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    Chain adjustment

    After the first 200 miles my chain looks a bit slack, so slack it can slap the swingarm easily so need a little adjustment. But the manual is useless, it seems to say for everything go to the dealer. It looks as though you have to swivel the exhaust out the way to get to the axle nut. Anyone have any tips or is this the only way ? Also does anyone know what size the nut is please ? Thanks.

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    The spindle nut is 32 mm and 10 mm and 13mm for the adjuster you need a short extension for your socket to get under the exhaust

    You can move the exhaust up a notch if you wish it does make it easier to see the calibrations. move the chainside then straiten up the wheel by the same amount on the exhaust side

    You could use a 32 mm combo the ring end would fit between the but and exhaust
    Last edited by Globalone; 06-29-2013 at 05:08 PM.
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    Thanks for the advice, very helpful Off to Halfords today then...

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    Should I take the measurements for chain slack while bike is on centre stand, or side stand or neither? Manual says "rest vehicle on its stand"....

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    Never mind, label on swingarm says "chain tension with no load". RTFM Shane...

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    I have just adjusted my chain for the last time this morning.
    New chain and front sprocket required ASP as its fooked.
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    How many miles did you get out of the stockers?

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    My chain was shot at 12,000 miles - sprocket ok though. Now fitted a chain oiler .

    Also I swapped the rear axle so the nut is on the left - makes adjustment easier.

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    12k which I find acceptable for 125bhp, the wet winter did not help in the end

    Chain done front sprocket still needs replaced but could not get one in time, rear OK for a second chain.
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    Really only 12.5k miles on a rear chain. I got 24k on my 750 dorsoduro. Then again I am really heavy with the chain lube

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    Due to constant use in heavy rain over the winter my chain went rusty despite using lots of chain lube. But I used the dry PTFE type of sticky stuff. Now I have fitted the oiler I expect to at least double the life. My ZX9 was Dyno'd at 128bhp at the back wheel and with a Scottoiler I got 28k miles from a chain. And with the chain well oiled it is also very quiet & smooth running, I don't think you ever quite get the same with spray on lube. Can't beat old fashioned oil.

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    OK thats fair enough. I thought that 12k wasnt long for a well maintained chain on a V Twin. I dont expect one to last as long as one would on a 4 cylinder bike. But expected it to be a ;ot better thean the big singles I used to ride (8000-10000 miles on my MZ Baghira 660 and Aprilia Pegase strada 660) and nealry as long as on my 750 DD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithc View Post
    Really only 12.5k miles on a rear chain. I got 24k on my 750 dorsoduro. Then again I am really heavy with the chain lube

    Keith C
    12.5 miles doesn't sound good at all! Damn!

    As a comparison, my last bike - 2007 Triumph triple 1050 Sprint which I rode with plenty of verve and took on long rides - I got 50,000k [31,000+ miles] on the OEM chain, and the 2nd chain was still on it when I traded on the CAPO at 53,000 miles.

    I'm giving my first chain on the Capo plenty to think about. Might just go and check the chain NOW!!!

    Most motorcycle problems are caused by the nut that connects the handlebars to the seat.

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    Steve-Oh!, was it you that had a few videos up at some stage? If so....we need more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nolz View Post
    Steve-Oh!, was it you that had a few videos up at some stage? If so....we need more!
    Yeah, it was me, Nolz. I've lost track of what I put up, but I am working on doing some more. Going out with a mate tomorrow to test a new microphone set up for the GoPro. I'll see how it turns out. Sooner or later I'm gunna put up some pics in the Photo Gallery.
    Most motorcycle problems are caused by the nut that connects the handlebars to the seat.

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