Trouble with chain tension.

Okay, I came back from a DS ride this weekend and the brand new

chain and sprockets are doing what the old set did.......

I checked them after fitting and after a 3-mile ride that set the chain.

Everything was fine.

I got back from the ride yesterday and washed the bike down, checked the

chain.... and it's doing it again!

Something is going on here and I have no clue what it could be... help!

It seems like the chain has uneven wear, causing it to have variable chain tension.

.... or like one of the sprockets has a high spot, causing the chain to tighten

up and at 180 degrees from that point loosen up again... :ride:

You're not letting a pressure-washer near your bike, are you?

Dave

You're not letting a pressure-washer near your bike, are you?

Dave

No... just a bucket, soap and a brush, with a "light" hose rinse.

Pressure gets water into places that it's not meant to be.... been around

long enough to know that one :ride:

I don't class less than 2.5 thousand street miles as "appreciable miles".

The chain must have been defective.

They start to wear as soon as you start to ride. As long as the chain has not stretched beyond service limits, it's not defective unless it breaks.

This is common to all motorcycles, that's why the service manual tells you to check the tension in several places. 2.5k miles is appreciable, what's the interval for checking/adjusting the chain in the service manual? :ride:

They start to wear as soon as you start to ride. As long as the chain has not stretched beyond service limits, it's not defective unless it breaks.

This is common to all motorcycles, that's why the service manual tells you to check the tension in several places. 2.5k miles is appreciable, what's the interval for checking/adjusting the chain in the service manual? :ride:

Thanks for the input brichter,

I check the chain, joints, linkages, spokes and everything else after every

DS ride. Or at least twice a month.

For a chain with a 20K street mile warranty on it, in 2.5K it should be

well within spec. I would class the ware my chain had as abnomal since it

was never sujected to any "stress".

It's just that I've never had this happen to a new chain. The one on there now

is 170 miles old and although it was fine when first fitted and for the first

few miles, after this weekend it's doing exactly what the old one was doing.

My manual states the interval for lubricating & adjusting the chain is every 300 miles for my 600.Interestingly enough, my daughter's XR200R manual calls for the same maintenance interval. :ride:

BTW, both chains, being replaced with sprockets in March, show the same thing you're seeing. I've yet to have a motorcycle that didn't, I just find the tightest spot and adjust the tension at that spot, then ride the crap out of it! :ride:

I just find the tightest spot and adjust the tension at that spot, then ride the crap out of it! :ride:

Thats what I ended up doing last night - hehe! :ride:

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