The major symptoms of a loose chain include chain teeth skipping over the sprockets, uneven transmission of power to the wheel leading to jerky wheel movements, chain lash and the chain slapping the swindle arm, and in the final case, chain coming off the sprocket.
How do I know if my chain is loose?
To find out whether your chain is too long take a look at it from the side with your eyes being level with the chain. A loose chain will sag close to or below the chainstays as the chain hangs between the rear cogs and chainring. The chain might skip as you pedal, or even drop off the gears.
What makes a motorcycle chain loose?
A motorcycle chain that keeps getting loose is usually caused by the rear axle or chain tensioning bolts not being tight enough. It can also be cause by a new chain not being worn in enough, worn down sprocket teeth, having too tight of a tension, or having the wrong size of chain installed.
What happens if motorcycle chain is tight?
When a motorcycle chain is too tight, it’ll put stress on several components of the bike and cause the sprockets to wear faster, make the engine work harder, and cause the suspension to be tight and uncomfortable. Ultimately, a tight chain on a motorcycle may break leaving you with no power.
How much does it cost to tighten a motorcycle chain?
Small adjustments of a quarter turn (or less if your chain is only slightly loose) are the safest bet. Measure the slack after every change. When the chain is within factory specifications (usually around 1.2–1.5 inches), tighten the axle nut to keep it from slipping.
When should I tighten my motorcycle chain?
You should check and adjust your chain every 500 miles (805 km), and more often for a dirt bike. It’s also a great time to look for kinks or rust, and to give your chain a quick cleaning and lubrication, too.
Will a loose chain cause loss of power?
A tight chain and a loose chain will both lead to problems. A tight chain will increase friction on the chain and sprockets, leading to greater power loss in the drive train and excessive wear.
How do I know if my motorcycle chain needs lube?
You should always lube/clean your chain if it looks dry or rusty, OR if it’s become a gooey oily mess. Remember, you can add too much lube, and this will just attract dirt.
How do you tighten a motorcycle chain?
Turning the adjusters clockwise will tighten the chain, and counterclockwise will loosen it. By turning the adjusters, you’re moving the whole wheel up and down the swingarm, so it’s important to move them gradually and equally on both sides of the bike.
How many miles does a motorcycle chain last?
Don’t clean and lube your chain, replace it more often. It depends on how much rain/sand/grit you ride through in addition to your efficacy and frequency of chain cleaning. I often got 10,000 to 15,000 on a liter bike chain. I often got 20,000 to 25,000 on a VStrom 650 chain with a chain oiler.