I ended up buying the bike I had posted up on a couple weeks earlier. Has been running excellent, no problems at all. Thought I'd do some maintenance this weekend, did an oil change, air filter, etc and also thought I'd (stupidly) adjust the camshaft chain.
According to the manual (Clymer):
- place bike on centerstand
- start engine, warm it up and allow it to idle
- loosen camshaft chain tensioner locknut
- let engine remain at idle speed, tensioner will automatically locate itself to the correct tension
- tighten locknut securely
I was sort of leery about loosening things when the engine was running, but thought hey, the manual obviously knows more about the subject than I do.
Well, cracked that nut and the frigging cam chain started clattering. Shut it down and after a while longer and more attempts at adjusting it, got it down to a manageable noise level (closer to pre-adjustment) that only happens at idle. Other than that, it seems to run as it did before.
Sooooooo, any ideas on how I can adjust this whoore properly? Does this sound like a normal way to adjust the chain or should I head down to Clymer's headquarters and start kicking some ass?