Remove the clip [A] from the master link using pliers, and
remove the chain from the rear sprocket.
Take the chain off the motorcycle, being careful that the
chain does not get dirty from contact with the ground.
Drive Chain Installation
For safety, use only the standard chain.
Fit the drive chain back onto the sprockets with the ends
at the rear sprocket.
Install the master link from the frame side.
Install the clip [A] so that the closed end of the "U" points
in the direction of chain rotation [B]. (The open end of the
"U" points in the reverse direction of chain rotation).
Incorrect installation of the master link clip can al-
low it to catch on an adjacent part. If the clip dis-
lodges, the chain could come a part, and this could
result in rear wheel lockup and loss of control. Be
sure the master link clip is installed correctly.
Adjust the drive chain slack (see Drive Chain Slack Ad-
justment in the Periodic Maintenance chapter).
Check the brake for good braking power, and no brake
A rear brake that cannot be fully operated with the
pedal can cause a crash resulting in serious injury
or death. If a full brake pedal is not obtained, disas-
semble and inspect the brake parts for wear. Worn
brake parts diminish brake performance, can dam-
age brake components and lead to brake failure or
cause the brake to lock, resulting in a crash that
may cause serious injury or death.
Put the chain tension guide [A] on the engine sprocket
cover [B], and install the sprocket cover.
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