And use caution
Raise the rear wheel off the ground (centre stand/hoist or something safe) then run the bike in first gear and watch the chain. The chain should run smooth with no vertical movement, if it intermittently leaps about and 'stutters' then there's your problem, a stuffed chain. And yes check the cush rubbers, play in them will ruin a chain in no time. You can repack them with old inner tube cut into rectangles, plastic milk containers are also pretty good. And of course there's no use putting a new chain on worn sprockets.
While this is a good way to inspect the chain, USE EXTREME CAUTION when executing this because tools and FINGERS can quickly be eaten by the chain entering the sprocket, way faster than you can pull your hands away. I'd advise against running a bike in gear with no rider unless absolutely necessary
Alternatively, put it in neutral and spin the wheel by hand; chain issues won't be made as obvious but it's safer
'04 Suz. DL650 Wee
Ex's (in order):
'88 CBR, '92 FZR600, '86 GSXR750, '91 EX500, '87 VFR700F2, '94 CBR600F2, '01 YZF600R (Black), '92 CB750, '95 VFR750, '03 YZF600R (Silver)
Last edited by klimber; 03-03-2018 at 08:37 PM.