Waiting on parts has been a PITA. Ordered another sprocket nut this week. Still not in. And since I bought the motorcycle to ride it and not look at it disassembled I decided to "chain up" and use the original nut.
Got that on this afternoon and let me tell you...there ain't NO WAY the factory torqued that to spec! None, nada, zip! That thing was ON THERE! Nonetheless, I was able to screw it on at 125 ft/lbs torque with no problem. Simply held onto the passenger grab bars and push down.
Chain is straight and in spec for slack.
And then...ya just can't get it all together without something going wrong.
Went to put the side cowl on and - SNAP! - the damn bolt broke.
As you can see I wasn't tightening it much. I used a screwdriver socket, 6-point socket, and this is the end result. I used some vise grips to get it out. So now down to Home Depot to see if they have a bolt this size. Going to try and find a "10" as these "7's" are garbage.
Going to take it out tomorrow morning to see how it runs. Now I have it stuck in the back of my mind that, sooner than later, something's going to go wrong on this thing.
***On a brighter side, if you want to call it that, Kawasaki did call me regarding my survey I took on their website. I told her the story with this stupid sprocket nut and, although she was just a phone operator she asked if there was anything I wanted. I said other than for Kawasaki to get this sprocket nut correct I probably wasn't going to buy another Kawasaki in the future. She asked if a Kawasaki T-shirt would make me feel better. I asked if she had any Honda shirts in X-Large and if so I'd take one of those! (OK, I didn't say that...but was certainly thinking that!) So, I guess I'll be receiving a Kawasaki tee in the mail soon.
Will update tomorrow's ride.