Originally Posted by hammick
What is the best way on an F650GS to check that the rear wheel is aligned correctly.
Because of the slop between the wheel and the axle, and between the axle and adjusters, and between the adjusters and the swingarm, it's hard to get consistent and accurate results when you're trying to align and tighten the rear wheel.
One thing that really helps is when the wheel is still loose, throw a rag between the chain and the rear sprocket then spin the wheel backwards (gently). This will tighten the drivetrain and pull the wheel all the way forward up against the stops. THEN tighten the wheel. It will help assure alignment and your results will be far more repeatable every time you loosen and retighten the wheel.