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24 ADJUSTMENT-CHASSIS
REAR SHOCK ABSORBERS
The
rear
shock
absorbers
can be
adjusted to one of
five positions
to
suit
riding conditions.
They can be
left
soft for average riding but should
be
adjusted harder
for high speed
riding,
riding
on
rough
roads, or
riding
with a passenger. Shock absorbers adjusted
either too
soft or too hard adversely
affect
riding comfort and
stability.
To adjust the rear shock absorbers:
•Turn the adjusting sleeve on
each
shock absorber to
the desired position with a hook spanner. The
higher
the
adjust
ing
sleeve is positioned, the
stronger
the
spring tension, and the
harder
the
ride.
A. Adjusting Sleeve
B. Hook Spanner
•Make sure that both adjusting sleeves are
turned
to
the same relative
position
.
I
WARNING •
If the rear shock absorbers are not ad·
..,. _ _ _ _ .. _
justed
equally, handling may be impaired.
DRIVE CHAIN
Chain and
sproc ket
wear
causes
the chain to stretch,
which resuUs
in
power
loss,
accelerated
chain
and
sprocket wear, and increased
noise.
A chain that
has
been adjusted too
loose
may be thrown off
t
he
sprock-
ets. A chain that
has
been adjusted
too tight will
wear
excessively and
possibly break.
•To determine whether or
not
t
he
chain requires
ad just·
ment, first set the motorcycle up on
its
center stand.
Rotate the
rear wheel
to find the
position
where
the
chain
is
tightest,
and
measure
the
vertical movement
midway between
the
sprockets. If it
is
less
than 25 mm
or more than 35 mm, adjust the chain so that the
vertical movement
will
be about 25 - 30 mm.
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cannot be adequately compensated for by adjust·
ment.
2. Take care not to damage the brake hose. Damaging
the brake line greatly reduces the brake line strength
and causes brake fluid
leakage,
resulting in the
loss
of brake control.
Chain Slack
--L__
•Loosen
the nut
at the rear
end
of the torque
link.
A. Torque Link Nut
•Loosen
the
left and
right chain
adjuster locknuts
.
•Loosen
the
axle
nut.
•If
the
chain
is too
tight,
back
out the
left
and right
chain
adjusting
nuts, and kick the wheel
forward
un
til
the
chain
is too
loose.
•Turn
in
the
left
and right chain
ad
justing nuts
evenly
until
the drive chain has the correct amount of slack.
To keep
the
chain and wheel aligned,
the notch
on
the
left chain adjuster should align with
the
same swing
arm mark
that
the right
chain
ad
juster
notch aligns
with.
A. Marks
C. Axle Nut
E.
Adjusting Nut
B. Notch
D. Locknut

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