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Adjust Chain on Sidestand, or With Rear Wheel in the Air?

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I'm confused, do I adjust the chain with the bike on the side stand (and the rear wheel touching the ground), or with the rear wheel raised and spinning freely?

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Adjust Chain on Sidestand, or With Rear Wheel in the Air?

Are you aligning the chain or adjusting the slack?

Aligning the chain..
wheel need to be off the ground.

Adjusting the slack...
Can do either on the ground or off the ground. But off the ground will be easier to adjust.


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Are you aligning the chain or adjusting the slack?

Aligning the chain..
wheel need to be off the ground.

Adjusting the slack...
wheel on the ground.


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Bike is getting its 600 miles service.

I will be cleaning, lubing, and adjusting the chain.

I clean/lube with the rear wheel in the air.

Do I adjust the chain slack with the rear wheel in the air or on the ground?

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I always adjust chains on a paddock stand. On both my Ducatis it makes no real difference whether on the bikes sidestand or paddock stand, the slack is about the same but even if it were different then, just measure the difference from one to the other and adjust it a little more or less accordingly so that it is correct on the ground.

I leave them on the loose side anyway so 5mm or so either way doesn't make much difference anyway...

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If you adjust the slack with the wheel in the air, it might be wise to walk the bike for one complete chain revolution while watching for tightness, just in case it makes a difference. After you do this once , you'll know whether you have to bother.

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if you're using the ducati spec on the swingarm sticker then do it how they say, which i assume would be sidestand. otherwise, sit on the bike and feel the freeplay when it is loaded. scrambler chains do tighten quite a bit when loaded.

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