Frequent question: How often should you tighten motorcycle chain?

Too tight is as bad as too loose, but it’ll only take minutes to get it right. 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.

Why does my motorcycle chain keep getting 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.

How do you know if your motorcycle chain is loose?

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.

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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.

How often should you maintain motorcycle chain?

As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to clean and lubricate a motorcycle chain with O-rings at least every 600 miles, while plain chains require more frequent attention.

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 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.

Is my chain too 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.

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How tight should your bike chain be?

It should be tight enough that it only allows you to move it up and down about one inch. If it is sagging or much looser than that, you need to tighten that chain up. Chains often loosen when a bike does not have a derailleur.

How often should you wax motorcycle chain?

Your motorcycle’s chain needs to be lubricated every 400-800 miles to keep it at its best. This can vary depending on your bike’s use; road bikes will need the chain cleaning less than off-road bikes.

When should I clean my motorcycle chain?

The best time to clean your chain is after a ride when it’s good and warm. This will help loosen up the gunk and grime that has adhered to your chain. Park your bike on its center stand or on a rear stand near a hose and throw it in neutral. You’ll understand why in a moment.

How often should bike chain be cleaned?

A clean chain is as critical as a properly lubricated one. Ideally, chains should be thoroughly cleaned after each and every ride.