For a long time, whenever someone mentioned getting an alignment-tool and doing a chain alignment, I kind of chuckled to myself, then went on to read another topic, AFTER ALL - MY ORIGINAL chain has OVER 40,000 miles on it, on a diet of WD40, proof that I'd 'got-it-right' when I had "eyeball-aligned-it" shortly after I got it back in '08.
Well, a few days ago on a ride, I stopped at Cycle Gear in Tucson and wandered around seeing if there was anything NEW. The "Motion Pro" chain alignment tool caught my eye (yes - I KNOW that a bunch of you have posted about it, giving it high marks!), so - what the hell - I bought it.
Got home, put it onto the bench and forgot about it, then, seeing it later, decided to give it a "run"....
Picture 1 shows how close my "eyeball-aligned-it" had gotten. Looks CLOSE, doesn't it?
Picture 2 shows it AFTER alignment (
), when it FINALLY IS ALIGNED!
Pictures 3 and 4 show my axle-alignment "hash-marks" AFTER alignment.
Now for the "don't-try-this-at-home-kiddies" disclaimer:
...several times today during a 200 mile ride, when there were NO vehicles near me (I was on a 'closed-course' of course
...) I tried removing my hands from the grips....
Previously when I'd done that, I had some SMALL difficulty keeping BIG RED from going into a gentle 'bank', using "body-English" to keep it tracking straight.
Today it stayed PERFECTLY upright without any added inputs from my knees, or me...!
For those who haven't done it - beg, borrow, or steal (No - NOT really...) an alignment tool and check YOUR chain! (A little bit goes a long way....