How loose should my motorcycle chain be?

How do I know if my motorcycle chain is too loose?

The major symptoms of a loose chain include chain teeth skipping over the sprockets, uneven transmission of power to the wheel leading to jerky wheel movements, chain lash and the chain slapping the swindle arm, and in the final case, chain coming off the sprocket.

Why is my motorcycle chain always loose?

A motorcycle chain that keeps getting loose is usually caused by the rear axle or chain tensioning bolts not being tight enough. It can also be cause by a new chain not being worn in enough, worn down sprocket teeth, having too tight of a tension, or having the wrong size of chain installed.

Does a motorcycle chain get tighter when you sit on the bike?

Premium Member. The reason the chain gets more tight, as you sit on the bike, is the distance between the sprockets gets longer as you compress the rear suspension. This makes the chain get tighter. It’s just how it is, on almost every bike.

How do I know if my chain is too loose?

To find out whether your chain is too long take a look at it from the side with your eyes being level with the chain. A loose chain will sag close to or below the chainstays as the chain hangs between the rear cogs and chainring. The chain might skip as you pedal, or even drop off the gears.

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What do I do if my bike chain is loose?

To tighten the chain on a fixed-gear bike, start by flipping the bike over or placing it on a bike stand. Loosen the rear axle and then pull back on the rear tire to make the chain tighter. Make sure the chain isn’t too tight or too loose, then tighten the rear tire again.

How tight should GSXR chain be?

A too tight chain will wear much faster than a too loose chain. The tighter chain may feel better, because it reduces driveline lash. But if you want your chain to live, run it looser. 1.4 or even 1.6 inches is best, no matter what the manual says.