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post #1 of 27 Old 07-11-2018, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question Chain making a bunch of noise?

I've got a 2004 V-Strom 650 at 25k miles and my chain makes a clunking sound. I know little to nothing about motorcycles. The guy I purchased it from a few years ago mentioned needing to lubricate the chain on dirt roads. Recently I started living down a mile dirt road. It's always made the sound but if I lubricate the chain it goes away or dies down for a while. Being on this dirt road I'm having to lube my chain bi-weekly. Is this normal or is my chain somehow loose? It makes the clunking sound usually in lower gears at lower RPMs, so like if I am pulling a hill or if I don't shift down and just release my clutch slowly while throttling. I haven't noticed any performance issues, just sounds very loud at times.

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time for new chain and sprockets while you're at it

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Grab your chain in the middle and move it up and down. How much slack do you have. If over an inch and a quarter center to center you need to adjust your chain. look here https://www.v-strom.co.uk/downloads/...nersManual.pdf

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chains need lube regardless of road surface, paved or gravel
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I can move the chain about 4 inches up and down. So it needs to be replaced or tightened? I can have them do it on my next oil change maybe?

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definitely tightened but likely due for replacement. i understand the expense but if it snaps it could puncture the engine case and perhaps your left leg
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I can move the chain about 4 inches up and down. So it needs to be replaced or tightened? I can have them do it on my next oil change maybe?
tighten it now and go shopping for new chain and sprocket to do the real fix ASAP

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A broken chain has made my life pretty miserable these last 7 months. Have a read here. But before you read it, adjust your chain and order a new one plus sprockets.

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At 4 in slack that chain is slapping around and is close to jumping off. Do a chain adjustment as it is something you need to learn to do. When you have a new chain and sprockets it will need to be adjusted a few times as it wears in a bit. Then just once in a while for most of it's life. At the end of its life it will need more frequent adjustment again. Once adjusted properly you will be surprised by how much smoother the ride will be with no slop in the drive train. oh, and yes, oil it, there is a thread somewhere with a hundred different opinions on chain oiling.

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Stop riding your bike until the chain and sprockets are replaced.........
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