Normally, I adjust the chain when it's on the center stand then lower it to the side stand and measure. Often times I find the chain gets really tight when I lower the bike to the side stand so I wind up lifting and setting down until I get it within spec ON THE SIDE STAND.
Is this the correct way to measure, while on the side stand? That's the way I've always done my chained bikes. Is the Versys different?
YES, on the sidestand IS the right way, NEVER on a centerstand, for checking AND adjusting! Also OK to check it on a PADDOCK STAND, as that AND the sidestand have the rear suspension 'loaded' which does NOT happen on a centerstand.
Nothing wrong in using side stand as the rear suspension is almost relaxed or full extended during chain adjustment. Only difference when using a center stand,is that you get better working angle to adjust the chain from all angle and you can rotate to feel tight spots during adjustment. Also you can check for chain straightness /alignment with front sprocket.
I have disagreements w/ this - also OK to check it on a PADDOCK STAND, as that AND the sidestand have the rear suspension 'loaded' which does NOT happen on a centerstand. The OWNERS MANUAL SAYS: (UNDER Drive Chain Slack Adjustment - Set the motorcycle up on its sidestand
) and that is to have the weight of the Versys on the rear so your suspension is compressed, which moves the chain towards its tightest spot.
Devils fan - the reason that you have to keep repeating your slack adjustments is BECAUSE you're doing it on the centerstand w/ the rear wheel 'hanging', as opposed to being on the ground, suspension loaded.