Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
I realize how obvious this is going to sound, but believe me, a poorly maintained chain will create noises that sound as though the crank shaft is about to disintegrate. The pegs will vibrate, and your riding buddies will try to ride in front of you so they don't have to hear the clacka-clacka-clacka from your drivetrain.
Warm up your chain, get the bike up on a jack, or its center stand - use a quality chain cleaner - then use a quality chain lube. I prefer a chain wax for on-road, and Dupont Teflon Chain Saver for gravel/dirt riding.
The resulting silence will be deafening ;-)
Today is the only day that truly matters. Here's hoping that yours is beautiful.
2001 Honda 750 ACE - written off May 25, 2014
2014 V-Strom 1000 - Purchased August 25, 2014 - first ride September 2, 2014