Adjusting Drive Chains

Inspect the adjustment of chains at least every week and adjust them if necessary. Adjustment of front chain can be checked through inspection hole provided in chain guard. Chains must not be allowed to run loose enough to strike guards or other chassis parts, because when that loose, they cause motorcycle to jerk when running at low speed, and there is excessive wear of chains and sprockets. The rear chain requires more frequent adjustment than front chain. As chains stretch and wear in service, they will run tighter at one point on the sprockets than at another. Always check adjustment at the tightest point and adjust chains at this point so that they have about ^-inch free movement up and down, midway between sprockets. Do not adjust tighter because running chains too tight is even more harmful than running them too loose.

Inspect chains occasionally for links in bad condition. If any are found, make repairs or renew the chain. The rear chain can be taken apart and removed after locating and taking out the spring locked connecting link. The front chain is not, however, originally provided with such a connecting link and whether or not one has at sometime been installed in making repairs, it will be necessary to remove the engine sprocket before chain can be taken off.

To Adjust Front Chain

Loosen the four stud nuts and one cap screw underneath transmission. This permits moving transmission backward or forward by means of adjusting screw at rear of transmission on right side. Turn adjusting screw to right to tighten chain—to left to loosen chain. When chain is correctly adjusted, securely tighten stud nuts and cap screw and recheck chain, as tightening stud nuts and cap screw sometimes changes chain adjustment. Also check transmission mounting plate bolts occasionally and keep them tight.

Adjusting front chain changes the adjustment of rear chain, therefore, rear chain must also be adjusted.

Moving transmission to adjust front chain, also affects adjustment of gear shifter and clutch controls. Therefore, each time front chain is adjusted, these controls will need to be adjusted or at least their adjustment will have to be checked. See "Checking and Adjusting Clutch Control," Page 15, and "Checking and Adjusting External Shifter Control," Page 14.

To Adjust Rear Chain

Remove rear axle nut and lock washer and loosen brake sleeve nut. Also loosen rear wheel adjusting screw lock nuts (one on each side of frame).

Turn adjusting screws to move rear wheel as necessary to correctly adjust chain. Assuming that wheel was correctly aligned the last time chain was adjusted, turning each screw an equal number of turns will maintain alignment.

When correct adjustment of chain is attained, securely tighten brake sleeve nut, rear axle nut and adjusting screw lock nuts. Then recheck chain adjustment, as tightening brake sleeve nut and axle nut sometimes changes chain adjustment.

Check alignment of wheel in chassis. This can be done by measuring the distance from inner side of chain to tire rim. For 5.00" x 16" tire rim, the distance should be approximately 1-3/16", and for 4.00" x 18" tire rim, the distance should be approximately l5/s". Distance between chain and rim should be checked at four equidistant points around rim, and if it happens to be out of true sideways to any appreciable degree, this will have to be taken into consideration. If measurement indicates wheel is out of alignment in chassis, it must be corrected, and of course, chain adjustment will have to be rechecked.

After adjusting rear chain, rear brake may be found too tight. Check and adjust if necessary. See "Adjusting Rear Wheel Brake," Page 20.

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