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Old 06-23-2007, 03:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my chain is making a clakking noise whenever i put power on the throttle.
it doesn't do it so bad when cruising or at high speed. i tried tightening it
and that didn't work. i am an experienced rider, this is my fifth bike, but i have never had a chain do this. is my sprocket bent? could it be a frozen link in the chain? someone help!
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Old 06-23-2007, 03:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Clean it?..Lube it?...Sprocket teeth getting shorter?...Kinks?

Whatever you do, don't make it too tight..
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I had the same issue once, kinda like a Crunchy sound at take off and slower speeds. Turns out the chain was dry. Lubed it up, noise gone.
But still check for proper tension and teeth on the sprockets
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i tried lubing it, noise is still there. only when the bike is under load, if it is on
the center stand, the noise isn't there.
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How many miles on the chain?

Mine is doing the same thing, and I am right about at the mileage that I usually put on a new chain.
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Did you check your rear sprocket? My old bike made a clunking noise whenever I would get on it pretty hard. Turned out I was actually hearing it break a sprocket tooth off every time I did that and it was starting to skip on the rear sprocket.
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If it's clunking and popping and it won't go away with lube, it's time to change it, especially if it's got any significant miles on it. Mine lasted about 25,000 miles before it started to make any significant noise, I nursed it along with plenty of lube for another 3,000, but that was it.
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25,000 miles on it. i just ordered the new chain and sprocket kit. i found it was missing one of the bushings covering the link, so there is no contact with the sprocket at that link. can i still ride it to work or should i leave it in the garage? i have owned/ridden a lot of bikes, never encountered this. i'm probably gonna leave it at home considering i haven't even had it a week yet. thanks for all the help guys!
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If you don't have to ride it, don't. I know it's tough to have a bike in the garage and have to take a car, but a lot can be damaged by a snapped chain. If you have to ride it to the dealer to have the chain riveted, just be very easy on it.
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DO NOT RIDE IT!!!

It's not worth the risk...

Among other things that can go wrong..
--it could break and the part that's still going towards and through the front sprocket could damage lots of expensive things
--if it breaks, it might get stuck and cause your wheel to lock up, which means you're probably going down

It's not worth the risk...
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replaced the chain and rear sprock, new front sprock on the way. noise is gone. by the way, when should i shim my valves? is there a good way for me to tell or do i go by mfg suggestion?
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by the way, thanks for all the help guys
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replaced the chain and rear sprock, new front sprock on the way. noise is gone. by the way, when should i shim my valves? is there a good way for me to tell or do i go by mfg suggestion?
25,000 miles on a chain/sprocket set is a lot. Yours lasted as long as it should.

Valves on bikes tend to get tighter with wear so don't make noise until one gets smashed by the piston. Check your valve clearance if you don't know when it was last checked and change the shims as indicated. From there check it at suggested intervals.
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