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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-26-2011, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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New to bikes in general. I read the adjustment on my chain is 1inch of up and down play. When the bike is in N and not running, is it normal the chain rests on the frame on the top side? It's a 750 ACE.


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Chain resting on the frame?

Um, no, that's not normal.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-27-2011, 12:48 AM
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Is this with or without the Rider seated? The general answer is that there should be about 1" of flex to the chain. Chain dragging the frame does have too much slack, but can be normal for a riderless bike.

You need to rotate the chain, between measurements

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The 1" slack is on the bottom section Chain touching the frame or swingarm on the top is way too loose. Chain maintenance is VERY important and much cheaper than replacing it and the sprockets. If you have the shop manual, it should tell you exactly how to measure the slack and also should say how often to clean and lube it. A dry chain will ruin the sprockets fast as well as itself.

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Hi everyone,
New to bikes in general. I read the adjustment on my chain is 1inch of up and down play. When the bike is in N and not running, is it normal the chain rests on the frame on the top side? It's a 750 ACE.

Ummmmmmmm...no, that's not at all normal. You might even say it's dangerous. Your best bet is to get a service manual and adjust the chain. Go to this link and you can download a service manual that will cover your bike.

http://www.hondashadow.net/forum/53-...ace-750-a.html


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Itís probably not touching the frame, but it could be touching the top of the swing arm.
Does your bike have a chain slider or guide on top of the point of contact? If so, itís made that way. Dual sport bikes always have a slider on top of the front of the swing arm.
If the slider is missing, you will hear the chain when it makes metal to metal contact while riding.

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yes it is touching the swing arm when the bike is resting. no rider on the bike, sitting on side stand in neutral not running. When I move the chain up and down on the bottom side there is only about and inch of movement and it lift off the swing arm when i do this.


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