Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Technical, Bike forums > Tech

Tech ALL bikes: "Generic" tech questions and answers. Maintenance, general discussions etc.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 19 Dec 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 81
Chain Adjustment.

A properly adjusted chain is not only important for a great running bike, it's crucial for preventing damage,
or even worse, accidents. too loose or too tight is no good, using this method makes checking your chain
tension very very easy.

Motorsports Forum. - Chain Adjustment.

To properly adjust your chain you must first determine minimum chain slack,
(you will only have to do this once) place the bike on a crate or on it's
centerstand so the rear suspension is fully extended, remove the shock or
unbolt the shock in such a way that allows the swingarm to move freely
upward, using a scissor jack raise the swingarm up until the countershaft sprocket, swingarm pivot and rear
axle are all perfectly aligned.

If your axle is hollow you can place a screwdriver in the axle as a point to jack from or mount a "C" clamp to the swingarm, before adjusting the chain make
sure your swingarm pivot and rear axle are parallel by measuring the distance between them on both sides of the wheel, at this point note any discrepancies with the factory chain adjustment markings on the swingarm, with
the axle
pulled back tight against the adjusters adjust the chain with a small amount of slack, say 1/2" of movement,
spin the wheel so you can get a good feel for
how tight the chain is, there should not be any binding or tight spots you
want it nice and smooth, if you can't achieve this smoothness without a reasonable amount of
slack replace the chain and sprockets and
start over, tighten the adjusters and axle tight, reinstall the shock, now you
can take the measurments you'll be using for your regular chain adjustment.

Always measure in the same spot and always use the lower run of chain, somewhere near the middle
of the chain make a mark on the swingarm, or use any identifying mark that you'll remember, with the ruler in
your hand set it on your mark and hold it flat against the swingarm, slide the ruler down so it's
now level with the chain, you'll be laying on your shoulder on the floor at this point, holding the ruler with one
hand use your other hand to push the chain
up toward the ruler and note the amount of movement, this distance will
always be your minimum chain slack, increase this amount for riding in mud,
from this point on it's a piece of cake checking if your chain needs adjusting.

Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Chain Tension adjustment advice please brent123 Yamaha Tech 5 30 Dec 2008 00:03
mixture adjustment alexpezzi Yamaha Tech 1 27 Apr 2008 19:44
carb adjustment ShaunC Yamaha Tech 3 29 Apr 2004 17:11
carburettor adjustment aukeboss Yamaha Tech 2 19 Mar 2003 20:59
Chain Adjustment sjbarrow Yamaha Tech 2 16 May 2001 14:06


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

Next HU Eventscalendar

See all events


HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.

Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 07:00.