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How often does the chain actually need adjustment?

Just curious how often you have found the chain actually needs adjustment?
I'm over 4000 miles on my 2011, and haven't had the measurement change very much at all in that time.
Sticking right at 1.2 inches of slack.

Ive been dutifully checking it every 400 miles when I lube the chain. Its my first street bike, so no idea what I should be expecting in terms of it needing adjustment. Sure its a case of how you use it etc, just trying to get a feel as to what I should expect.
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It can vary depending on how much wrist tension you use, among other things. Sounds like you are in a decent regimen though some folks lube after every ride. I use combination of spray lube and a Chameleon+ oiler.
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How often does the chain actually need adjustment?

WHENEVER the slack exceeds 1.4".
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At last recollection I havent adjusted my chain in at least 1500+km. Really depends on how often you clean + what sort of operating pressure you put the chain and sprockets under, lots of wheelies = shorter chain life = more adjustments


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I've got about 9K miles on mine (got it with 700 on the clock) and I checked the slack when I got it (it was good), checked it every thousand miles or so (always good). Reset it at 6200 when I replaced the OEM rear tire. Continue to check every 1000 miles and have not had to adjust it again.
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Another time to always check and adjust it is when you get it back from the shop. Had a rear tire done once and got home to find the chain as tight as a snare drum. I know, I know, should do the tire myself; but that is not going to happen.
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i check/adjust mine every 100-200 miles when its new for the first 500-1000 miles, then after that i check it every 100-200 miles (when i fill up with gas) but adjusting happens less and less.

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Another time to always check and adjust it is when you get it back from the shop. Had a rear tire done once and got home to find the chain as tight as a snare drum. I know, I know, should do the tire myself; but that is not going to happen.
ya you should check the bike over with a fine tooth comb like you are just now buying it any time you get it back from ANYONE other then you. just because someone gets paid to do the work doesnt mean that they did the work or did it right
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How often does the chain actually need adjustment?

WHENEVER the slack exceeds 1.4".

Well said. Right to the point with no wasted words. Couldn't have said it better, mostly because I generally use too many words. See, I just did.

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I own a Versys-X 300/adjusted the chain once since new and it currently has about 2100 mies. I've owned many chain driven motorcycles and tend to run the chain at the very loose end of specifications. I rarely have to adjust the chain after the first time and once the chain requires frequent adjustments, it is getting close to replacement time.

One of the worst things you can do is run a chain too tight.
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How often does the chain actually need adjustment?

WHENEVER the slack exceeds 1.4".

Well said. Right to the point with no wasted words. Couldn't have said it better, mostly because I generally use too many words. See, I just did. [IMG class=inlineimg]http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/images/KawasakiVersysForum_2015/smilies/tango_face_grin.png[/IMG]
What they said. I've adjusted mine 3 times in 6,000 miles.
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I have a V1k, I did my first adjustment at about 3300 miles.
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My experience has been that it will need one adjustment fairly early, say 500-100 miles and thereafter no more adjustments. Basically when you change the rear start with it a wee bit on the tight side and by the time you change the rear again it will be a wee bit on the loose side. I also try to lube every 300-400 miles (PJ1 Blue works best for me).

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