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so, 2007 DL1000, 15,000 miles. relatively new tires, chain adjusted and rear sprocket appears to be in decent shape. Richland Rick spacer in place. every so often, as i'm starting off from a stop, i hear a clunking noise from the rear. not 100% sure, cuz it may be my mind playing tricks, but i can almost feel the thud through the seat. mind you, i ride conservatively, so my starts are gentle.

any thoughts?

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Rear brake pads releasing or a wheel bearing starting to head south.
 
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Check your rear brake bracket. Try to lift it up around the axle. The bracket supposed to go into a slot on the swing arm and secured.
Ding ding ding. /touches nose/ this is a pretty good place to start looking. If you are hearing a metallic thunk that's the first place I'd look. Then I'd check the cush rubbers in the rear hub. TIP* If your sprocket assembly just drops out of the hub you need new cush rubbers. Worn cush rubbers will give you a subdued "thump" when you take off.
 

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Ding ding ding. /touches nose/ this is a pretty good place to start looking. If you are hearing a metallic thunk that's the first place I'd look. Then I'd check the cush rubbers in the rear hub. TIP* If your sprocket assembly just drops out of the hub you need new cush rubbers. Worn cush rubbers will give you a subdued "thump" when you take off.
Are we dealing with a Shep impersonator? Don't remember Shep being "helpful" of late. The Shep I remember is a sour, pissy, spiteful, cuss, from someplace where they sell tamales.
 
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Are we dealing with a Shep impersonator? Don't remember Shep being "helpful" of late. The Shep I remember is a sour, pissy, spiteful, cuss, from someplace where they sell tamales.
Sorry, it was a moment of weakness. :green_lol:
 

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maybe he was being nice cuz i'm a friggin mechanical idiot.:mrgreen:

i'll check the brakes but something tells me it's comin from the other side. riding home today, it was very prevalent while accelerating gently from a stop through around 35. and it actually is more like a low pitched ticking than a thump.

yeah, i'm weird...
 

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Shep, being the very nice, but very shy, person that he is, PM'd me and suggested I ask if you had lubed your chain recently.
 

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My money is on a kinked link. Some people around here like it that way. Others lube.

That's how my chain tells me it's time.
 

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My money is on a kinked link. Some people around here like it that way. Others lube.

That's how my chain tells me it's time.
That's fine if you get 30k miles from your chains. That's almost how much I got from the oem just cleaning it with WD40 - and no lube. :green_lol: ... it had no kinks when I changed it.
 

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chain is lubed regularly using heavy weight gear oil--exact weight escapes me for the moment 90 something...

i will examine the chain closely tomorrow to check for kinks. maybe i should look out for the ramones while i'm at it!
 

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That's fine if you get 30k miles from your chains. That's almost how much I got from the oem just cleaning it with WD40 - and no lube. :green_lol: ... it had no kinks when I changed it.
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I used Liquid Plumber today. :jawdrop:

Just a stop gap until I finally get my chain oilier installed.
 

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Mine does the same. PPlease post results if you figure it out!
This post is over 3 years old. I would suggest looking at the things mentioned. Very often people figure out the problem and then never post up what they found.
If you ride in the wet, check for a kinked link. I had a Suzuki Katana that after a long ride that ended with over an hour in torrential rain, I turned off the main road and when I started accelerating it did this. I thought (bike was new to me) the gears went bad. It was just the rain had washed all the lube away and then a few links were binding up.
 

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This post is over 3 years old. I would suggest looking at the things mentioned. Very often people figure out the problem and then never post up what they found.
If you ride in the wet, check for a kinked link. I had a Suzuki Katana that after a long ride that ended with over an hour in torrential rain, I turned off the main road and when I started accelerating it did this. I thought (bike was new to me) the gears went bad. It was just the rain had washed all the lube away and then a few links were binding up.
yeah yeah. point taken.

it was the chain. new 530 chain and sprockets and all the bad noises went bye-bye.
 

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yeah yeah. point taken.

it was the chain. new 530 chain and sprockets and all the bad noises went bye-bye.
Makes you feel a lot better when you find out it is not something internal. I was surprised because it happened at the end of a long ride with no problems all day. I had never had anything like that happen on any bike I had previously owned.
I did start maintaining my new chain and sprockets much better after that though.
 
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