Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Ormond Beach, FL
Chain Adjust Tech
I need input on the tech of Versys chain adjustment. I know how to adjust and maintain a chain too well. But the V seems to be a special creature related to chain slack versus wheel travel. BTW, I read the previous post, but it doesn't address the following issue. This is a very important issue for both chain life and safety.
Because of the geometry of the Versys, the chain loses slack quickly as the wheel travels, so if I adjust it to a slack of 1 1-1/4 inches on the stand, when I get on it, that slack basically goes away. I have set my rear spring preload to the lowest setting so the ride isn't so hard. That, I know, causes more initial travel with me on the bike.
So, to arrive at a decent slack, I set the slack at around 1 inch when I am on it and it is on the pit stand. That way, when my wife rides with me, the added (she is around 125#'s) travel will not tighten the chain.
I recently took the bike in to the local K dealer for the 7500 mile checkup and the very experienced mech. re-adjusted the chain for me and sure enough, when I got on it, the chain was tight with maybe 1/4 inch of slack...way too tight in my estimation having had four previous bikes. What do you guys think???