Join Date: May 2010
Location: Ottawa Ontario Canada
Front sprocket I did not even see yet. I assume it is still there?
That's the one you have to look at, my bet is if you have a good look at it you will see what a worn sprocket looks like. Your rear looks fine. I'm *reasonably* good with chain maintenance, and the front (stock) one was toast at about 15,000 miles (24,000 Km). Replaced it with a cheapy 16 (vs. 15) tooth to see if I like that better (I do). I will replace with quality chain and sprockets when they all wear out sometime next year. By the way I got rid of an annoying rattling noise when I replaced the front, but can't tell for sure if it was due to the change in ratio or because of the new sprocket with no wear. I think it's mostly due to the fact the old one was so worn.
Marc, rider of a black 2009 V-Strom 650A ABS @ $0.43/mile (rider and bike gear not included).
"... unless you are a total asshole, Easy Rider paranoia is unwarranted. You are technically safer on the road than you are in your own bathroom or eating a dinner of unrecognizable leftovers with your mother."
Jim Harrison, Going Places (in Just Before Dark), 1987.