Chain Adjustment on the Tiger   Leave a comment

Aside from the instructions from the manufacturer, there are a million opinions about how to adjust a chain on a motorcycle. I did a short video on how I adjust my chain. Just to give credit where it’s due – the original method came from someone on the Tiger1050 forum.

Please note that working on or maintaining your own motorcycle can result in serious injury or death. If you’re not comfortable performing these tasks just go to a professional mechanic. If you have never worked on your bike before but are willing to give it a go, at least have a knowledgeable person around to help you and check your work!

Click the image below to go to my Smugmug gallery and see the video

A couple things I forgot to mention in the video:

  • When your chain is too tight you’ll probably hear more noise from the drivetrain. It’s better to have a chain that’s a little loose than too tight. A tight chain puts a lot of strain on the drivetrain, chain and sprockets and will result in premature wear.
  • Check the chain before riding when it’s “cold”. Temperature affects the slack in the chain.
  • Chains stretch quite a bit when they’re new. If you have a brand new bike or a brand new chain (and sprockets), check the chain more frequently. When new, the chain on my Tiger needed adjustment about every 300 miles until I got about 1500 miles on the bike. After that, I’ve only adjusted in around 3 times in the last 4000 miles.
  • Make sure you keep the chain clean and lubricated. If you’re traveling on roads with a lot of debris (sand, gravel, etc.), it will get on the chain and could damage an o-ring. You can see the o-rings by looking at the rear sprocket from the rear of the bike while rotating the tire by hand. If your chain is missing o-rings, replace it.
  • Chains wear out. Don’t use a spent chain! It can jump off the sprockets and jam the rear tire, it can hit you and do a lot of damage or it can leave you without power at the worst time. A $100 chain is a small price to pay for your and your passenger’s safety.

Posted April 26, 2010 by jeffkeith in Maintenance, Motorcycles, Tiger 1050, Triumph

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