Adjusted a very very loose chain about three weeks ago. Riding to work today and heard the same rattlign i had about a month ago and realise the chain needs adjusting again.
Is it time for an new chain, sprockets???
If so what do people recommend and does anyone know of any decent garages in the Hgih Wycombe / Buckinghamshire area is i think i am getting ripped a bit by an unnamed Yamaha dealer in High Wycombe (West Wichkham road)!!!
Mine started doing that and I kept adjusting it until one day it just popped off whilst I was filtering… lucky me it was low speed so I managed to pull to teh side and sort it out but after that I went straight to the garage and replaced it. Got a heavy duty one and sprocket so it should last me a while.
… and who told you that. You do know that the majority of good chains comes with a 12 or 13K mile guarantee. I have heard of a lot of people getting 20K out of their chain.
My bike has just hit the 12K mark and its still got the original chain from 2008. Its been tightened once yesterday and I have plans to get another 10K out of it. I do lube my chain every 500/600miles as recommended and it does the trick.
I know a despatch rider can get 50,000 out a chain thats well maintained . I have 18,000 on my superduke chain and since fitting I am yet to adjust it once and it looks like new . Its all down to the care with chains, look after one and you can darn near get the life of a bike out one .
dan it was bad to the point wer it would just spin not my fault bought it light that then i was telling karleigh’s friend bertie i was just grind it down to re make a new sproket haha he started to go right into one lol
Its normal for a chain to get slack. Called wear and tear. Just tighten it to the correct 1inch slack. Have you never thought that it might not even be the slack on the chain it might be the sprockets wearing thin.
The rule I tend to have is if the sprocket looks fine then the chain can’t be that bad (if there isn’t a lot of corrosion on it, there shouldn’t be anyway because of the chain lube). The main thing is that you don’t have a sprocket like Ross’ as that is dangerous. It can slip off anytime. If the chain is tightened and lubed correctly no reason why it should just snap. Plus if you ride your bike every day there shouldn’t be any major noticeable tight spots. The only slight tight spot on mine is the master link.
I accept the point that chains slack due to wear and tear but not two to three inches in three weeks.
I do about three hundred miles a week and clean and lube it every week.
Just looked at the mileage and the chain has done about twenty four thousand miles as it is the original so it is due a change going off what most people say here. It also seems that FZ1s are harsh on chains from what i have found today.
I have just adjusted it today i am going to change chain and sprockets on Saturday as it would seem to be at the end of its life as due to the amount it has slacked off in 3 weeks.
Apologies if I have missed someone else mention this but I assume you realise a chain will usually have tight and loose spots along its length and it’s important to check the chain adjustment in several places by rotating the back wheel so you check the whole chain length.
Could it be a case that if you didn’t do this and you adjusted your chain on a tight spot. Whereby leaving the slacker areas too loose?
Either way, if you have so many tight/loose sections its time for the skip!!