Brian, I was speaking of or for a "stock" TW. I should have said that. But hey, I'm far from perfect. In the event of a "modded" bike like yours, or extended swingarms, etc, then adding a tensioner is a good idea. And, as for the OP'er, he shouldn't just add the tensioner to correct the problem. It should be looked at very well to see IF there is a problem, even if it to find that everything is fine, and maybe this was just a one time thing. Something could have gotten in there, making the chain derail. Then a tensioner is added just for piece of mind, and not using the tesioner as a way to correct the problem.Werloc,
I agree with you 100%! (for most normal TW's )
But here is what I am curious about. If you look closely at my chain at the top of the rear sprocket, you will see the small section of chain that I need to remove/replace when I change back and forth between my two rear sprockets. I am wondering if I could use this type of chain tensioner as sort of like a bicycle derailleuer, so I could switch between sprockets without adjusting the chain length. Just raise the rear wheel off the ground, rotate the wheel and manually push/pull the chain between sprockets and allow the tensioner to compensate for the change in chain slack.
What do you think, crazy or not?
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As was said earlier, need a better chain! I've got 3,000+ miles on my O-ring chain and never have had to adjust it. It still appears to be with the same slack it had from the time of install. I've never lubed it or done any maint on it. It has been in the mud, water, dust, etc. I am careful to not hit it with the pressure washer, don't want to blow off O-rings or blow the lube out of it. The best upgrade for a TW IMO!I have to tighten the chain every two rides.
Thanks Jess! I just ordered one.Hello Brian,
It can be purchased on Amazon for under $30. Universal Aluminum Adjuster Chain Tensioner Tool Roller Motocross for Kawasaki.
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I believe the problem is how I ride and where I ride. I accelerate and brake with the engine constantly. My brakes on the bike are still good. This back-and-forth motion on the chain seems to wear things out quickly. TW 200 is two years old and I buy the same quality products as my friends. I lubricate my chain every ride and adjusted it every two rides. I ride two or three hours every other day. I rinse off my bike every ride but it still looks like a pig in mud. I even made special mudguards for the front and rear wheels to keep the mud away from the engine. I have a friend who is a professional motorcycle mechanic and he says it's just me. I am planning on replacing the clutch plates this winter and bearings in the steering wheel column. I love riding but I'm obviously not very good at it.I am curious -- why? That is really poor performance.