Warning - this guide is only applicable for off-road motorcycles. If you will be riding your motorcycle on public roads, please have all service work performed by a trained and certified mechanic.
Every motorcycle manufacturer does things a little different when it comes to attaching the rear wheel, but they are all essentially the same. Make sure to consult your owner’s manual for the proper torque specs and recommended chain tension.
Everyone has a favorite tip for the proper chain adjustment. We try to leave enough slack so that the chain is tight when the suspension is fully compressed. You can check this by leaning over the seat, grabbing the swingarm and compressing the shock to view the difference in tension. A friend can help get more compression and a more accurate gauge. If the chain becomes taught before the suspension is fully compressed, it is affecting the way your bike handles during a ride and creating unnecessary stress and wear on the chain, sprocket, axle and countershaft.
Motorcycle Superstore always recommends that motorcycle service work be performed by a trained and certified mechanic. Therefore, Motorcycle Superstore can not and does not guarantee the accuracy of the advice in this article. Perform any work on your own motorcycle at your own risk and if you have any doubts take your motorcycle to a trained mechanic before riding. Safety first!