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post #21 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-10-2016, 01:02 PM
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Oddly enough, I have checked my alignment several times using the string method, a borrowed chain alignment tool, and eyeball-the-chain-running methods and it seems the marks Kawasaki scribed are pretty much correct. Maybe my bike is one of the lucky ones, but it is definitely worth the comparison since I can now align to the marks and not get out the string.

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Yes, once I'm satisfied the chain is aligned - I do all of my adjusting by turning the same number of flats on each side. Since the V adjuster pushes instead of pulls & is buried somewhat, I marked the flats for a reference since the head of the cap screw isn't exposed very much.

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Oddly enough, I have checked my alignment several times using the string method, a borrowed chain alignment tool, and eyeball-the-chain-running methods and it seems the marks Kawasaki scribed are pretty much correct. Maybe my bike is one of the lucky ones, but it is definitely worth the comparison since I can now align to the marks and not get out the string.

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Maybe just needed some miles???

Last week after putting about 80 miles on the bike (it had ONE when I took delivery) and lots of WFO in 6th gear from about 3,500 to 6,000 RPM "pulls" to seat the rings, I decided to take another look at the chain situation before boogering up sprockets and/or chain. I don't know if operating the bike has anything to do w/ it since my original adjustment attempts were prior to being ridden, but I was able to achieve alignment. In addition, after getting things square, the discrepancy between the marking is now somewhere between 1/2 and 3/4 mark. So all is good now even though I don't know what changed other than use.

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alignment...

For anyone wondering WHY to worry about alignment - IF you remove your hands from the handle-bars and the bike wants to turn - it's PROBABLY mis-aligned. (I am NOT suggesting you ride hands-free...!)
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I adjusted my chain on my '15 Versys 650 for the first time today. I checked the marks and both sides were adjusted just shy of the third mark from the front. I checked the alignment with my Motion Pro alignment tool and the chain alignment was spot on.

I am really pleased with the Kawasaki's build quality so far.
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[QUOTE=Green Streak;1196218]I adjusted my chain on my '15 Versys 650 for the first time today. I checked the marks and both sides were adjusted just shy of the third mark from the front. I checked the alignment with my Motion Pro alignment tool and the chain alignment was spot on.

This is an old thread, but thought it better than starting a new one for a simple question. Are you satisfied with the Motion Pro tool (clamps to sprocket and has a rod pointed forward) or did you pay the price and get a tool with a laser in it??? Any brand name suggestions are appreciated. Thanks, Chuck

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I have been satisfied with the Motion Pro shiny blue thing.
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I have been happy with my Motion Pro but as I've noted on another thread, it appears my alignment marks on the swingarm are correct. There is a little less parallax error using the Motion Pro and there would be even less with a laser, but the Motion Pro is probably good enough.
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This is an old thread, but thought it better than starting a new one for a simple question. Are you satisfied with the Motion Pro tool (clamps to sprocket and has a rod pointed forward) or did you pay the price and get a tool with a laser in it??? Any brand name suggestions are appreciated. Thanks, Chuck
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I adjusted my chain on my '15 Versys 650 for the first time today. I checked the marks and both sides were adjusted just shy of the third mark from the front. I checked the alignment with my Motion Pro alignment tool and the chain alignment was spot on.
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...There is a little less parallax error using the Motion Pro and there would be even less with a laser, but the Motion Pro is probably good enough.
ANOTHER for the Motion Pro tool.

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Are you satisfied with the Motion Pro tool (clamps to sprocket and has a rod pointed forward)
I had modified my Motion Pro tool by adding a longer rod to the tool. It functions very well and is quite precise with the longer rod. However after adding a Skidmarx rear wheel hugger, I would need to either remove the hugger to check the alignment (over the chain) or use it under the chain (would be a PIA.).


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I therefore purchased a Profi SE-CAT Motorcycle Chain Alignment Tool (Dot Laser Type) on eBay.

I am very happy with the results.

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When you think about it there are several pieces that are being aligned. On a new bike with factory set tolerances aligning the chain and sprockets is probably more than sufficient. On an older bike, especially one with a few rubber-up excursions, there may be compromises to be made. Aligning the chain drive may not result in the wheels tracking in the same line. It seems like some error in the alignment marks on the swingarm could be due to twisting/tweaking of the swingarm or frame.
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When you think about it there are several pieces that are being aligned. On a new bike with factory set tolerances aligning the chain and sprockets is probably more than sufficient. On an older bike, especially one with a few rubber-up excursions, there may be compromises to be made. Aligning the chain drive may not result in the wheels tracking in the same line. It seems like some error in the alignment marks on the swingarm could be due to twisting/tweaking of the swingarm or frame.
Mine was more that a quarter mark off from the showroom floor, dry, no miles.
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Mine was more that a quarter mark off from the showroom floor, dry, no miles.
As were all THREE of my Vs...!

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I have had small battles with the same issue, but doesn't sound to be anything like you have had. Motion pro has a video that shows how to use their chain alignment tool.
If you watch to the end he shows the trick about a hammer handle/screwdriver in the chain to help move the tire forward onto the adjusters (as others have mentioned, but gives a good visual)
It doesn't matter if you are using that tool, this method can be used.
Maybe try this as you are making adjustments.
Maybe try with the axle nut really loose. What the heck, sounds like you have tried everything else..........

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