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Chain Tensioners

Versys as a dual sport bike and which is also similar to a modern day "dirt bike", but more onto roads than off road. Want to get an opinion on Versys riders about fixing a chain tensioner just as any ordinary dirt bikes would have. I have seen a versys with a chain tensioner added on, reason was, so
that the chain doesn't look "wobbly" and is always tensioned. But in a discussion among friends, the argument was that with a chain tensioner, the chain & the sprocket will be "grinding" each other and thus the wearing-off
of the sprocket & chain is faster. My versys has a scottoiler on, so the chain
& sprocket is always oiled.
Any thot's on this "chain tensioner"??
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Hi and Kusumu,

Firstly, I don't use a chain tensioner. I do am very interested and asked a few of my fellow Malaysia V bikers their input.





What I gather they recommend it.
1.Never needs adjustment, but you need to oil the spring on a weekly basis,if not, it will emit the krek krok sound.
2.Works well for long tours as it kept the chain tensioned.
3.Its cheap, so if u change the plastic guide every 40k km is considered ok.
4.It prevents the chain from hitting the swingarm at low gears.
5.Works better with the scottoiler setup.

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Any thot's on this "chain tensioner"??
Seems like a "solution looking for a problem". Look at modern dirt bikes, how many still have a tensioner? If you keep the chain adjusted within the specified range, it offers no advantage. My chain needed a single adjustment in 11K miles. I can't see what a tensioner would do that the current setup doesn't cover.

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Seems like a "solution looking for a problem". Look at modern dirt bikes, how many still have a tensioner? If you keep the chain adjusted within the specified range, it offers no advantage. My chain needed a single adjustment in 11K miles. I can't see what a tensioner would do that the current setup doesn't cover.

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I have to agree with Gustavo on this. Not to mention, if I had a tensioner like the one pictured on my KLR or XL, I'd of had it torn off in less than a couple of weeks and I'm easy on a bike trail riding.

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Thanks for the advise guys. It the bike needed it, Kaw's would have had it on.
thanks again.
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Seems like a "solution looking for a problem". Look at modern dirt bikes, how many still have a tensioner? If you keep the chain adjusted within the specified range, it offers no advantage. My chain needed a single adjustment in 11K miles. I can't see what a tensioner would do that the current setup doesn't cover.

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Agree. Why add another point of failure?

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