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Offline steveharleyuk

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My XR has done 11,000 miles. I ride her pretty hard. Had my chain adjusted by BMW on the service at 10,000 (I collected it as a demonstrator that had done 4,000 and they serviced it before collection) A week later it was slack again after a couple of hundred miles so they tightened it again. 600 miles later it's really slack again. What's your experience? Should this be happening at 11,000 miles?

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Re: How often do you need to adjust your chain in mileage terms
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2018, 12:53:13 PM »
I'm at 3,000 [US] miles now (that's about 4,800KM to you people who live under the protection of Her Majesty, a parliament, or some inbred prince with twisty arms). 

I've checked the chain every time I've changed oil, and to-date it hasn't slacked.  Experiences like yours, though, frighten me a bit.

Is it possible that the axle nut is not properly tightened? The adjustment bolts not properly locked?  I just have nightmarish visions of your rear-wheel falling out of the swing arm!  :005:
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Re: How often do you need to adjust your chain in mileage terms
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2018, 02:07:38 PM »
*Originally Posted by Low-Brau [+]
I'm at 3,000 [US] miles now (that's about 4,800KM to you people who live under the protection of Her Majesty, a parliament, or some inbred prince with twisty arms). 

I've checked the chain every time I've changed oil, and to-date it hasn't slacked.  Experiences like yours, though, frighten me a bit.

Is it possible that the axle nut is not properly tightened? The adjustment bolts not properly locked?  I just have nightmarish visions of your rear-wheel falling out of the swing arm!  :005:

Hey there - we use miles in the UK not KM
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Re: How often do you need to adjust your chain in mileage terms
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2018, 02:08:44 PM »
After the initial chain stretch chain adjustment need only be done every 5k miles
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Re: How often do you need to adjust your chain in mileage terms
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2018, 02:13:27 PM »
*Originally Posted by PaulS1000XR [+]
Hey there - we use miles in the UK not KM



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Re: How often do you need to adjust your chain in mileage terms
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2018, 06:03:20 PM »
Depends what every ones version of slack is I think 45 to 50 mm is a lot but that’s what the book says so that’s what I do does seem slack though

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Re: How often do you need to adjust your chain in mileage terms
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2018, 07:40:26 PM »
Hmmm when on the Peage down to Bordeaux couple of weeks ago not sure if it was the heat or other but I had to stop and put a bit of slack in the chain as it was a touchy vibey and it did make a difference and yet running down to Portsmouth the day before it was fine.

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Re: How often do you need to adjust your chain in mileage terms
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2018, 11:39:16 PM »
*Originally Posted by PaulS1000XR [+]
Hey there - we use miles in the UK not KM

Seriously? Oh, man, something in common. I may begin to like you guys.
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Re: How often do you need to adjust your chain in mileage terms
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2018, 01:24:31 AM »
Have 10,000km on mine and only adjusted it once before fitting the 42 tooth sprocket on it,...has been fine since. :028:

Chain is always well lubed using my "home-made" oiler system.

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Re: How often do you need to adjust your chain in mileage terms
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2018, 01:54:59 AM »
*Originally Posted by Low-Brau [+]
Seriously? Oh, man, something in common. I may begin to like you guys.
don't trust them Brau. They use these weird "Imperial" gallons as well.. Next thing you know they'll have you calling your rubber tYres!!  :005:

*Originally Posted by smithy [+]
Chain is always well lubed using my "home-made" oiler system.
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Did you HAVE to go there!?!?