You can also use a small trolley jack under the r/h centre stand lug (leaving the bike on the sidestand)
I adjust the chain to 10-13mm clearance between the topside of the chain (when lifted with moderate pressure) & the chain slider on the underside of the swingarm - at the point where it's mounting screw is. That's on a 650 Alp with the suspension fully extended.
Honda's suggestion leaves the chain slightly too tight IMHO
'12 - VFR800x Crossrunner
'02 - 650 Transalp
'92 - VFR750
'91 - NC30 (UK spec)
Roll the bike forward,
That spins the chain around.
Is that not a very simple way to do it?
My opinion is manifacturers should not sell a bike without proper provision for correct owner/rider chain adjustment.
Just for people's benefit, ages ago, I decided to check the tension when on sidestand and mainstand. Now, this doesn't apply to all bikes, but on the Trannie, a V6 anyway, the tension is the same. So I just set mine on the mainstand. It gives me the opportunity to check for hot spots too.
I know this thread is about no mainstand, but anyhoo!
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I find it difficult to measure the "freeplay" in the chain - need 3 hands to hold a ruler, move chain etc - varifocals don't help me to see the graduations - how hard do I press on the chain...... (I have a centre stand but it's not any easier either way). Some @ owners have posted about using a spacer between chain and swingarm when setting the chain tension........ Is this possible on the TA, and if so, what is the crucial dimension, please?
Why do people have such a hard time when adjusting the chain ?
It's sooo simple ,get someone to show you how to do it right and ''Learn''
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