Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Drumbo, Ontario, Canada
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Well, all this discussion got me curious, so I checked my 2011. There is a noticeable sag when the bike is lifted off the side stand. To the point that the chain was rather tight. So I got on the bike and put most of my weight on the seat while reaching down to feel the slack in the chain - NONE! I said bad words as I recently replaced the chain and sprockets and obsessed over the chain slack and alignment.
So, I added some more slack to the chain, beyond spec and checked again. Better, but still too tight. Added even more and checked again. Better yet, but if I bounced on the seat the chain appeared to get too tight. So I grabbed a couple car batteries and put them in my top box, and tested again. You know it - still too tight!
I increased the slack until there was some when loaded down. And when I check it unloaded on the side stand there is no way to measure it. The chain easily touches the plastic chain guide before becoming tight. But as soon as I stand the bike up and it settles, it is a reasonable amount of slack (sorry donít have a paddock stand and I couldnít measure the slack while holding the bike up). Once I get on the bike, there is still some slack, so Iím going to ride it as is for today and see how it feels and sounds.
This may be another example of Kawasaki not revising the manual after making changes. Like their suggested suspension settings, which are completely wrong (for my bike and me) with excessive preload and damping, and as a result no sag. Iím getting very suspicious of the manual. If they canít get basic adjustments correct, what else is wrong?
2011 V650 in Black, well accessorized.