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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-09-2010, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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Source of clicking sound?

Hey all - hoping you can help identify the source of a new sound my bike is making. I've had the bike about a month, and I was coming home from a ride last week and had the sensation that I'd just run over a small stick in the road. I was coming to a stop at the time and looked behind me for evidence of something in the road, but didn't see anything. Unless it's just a big coincidence, I started noticing a clicking sound right after that, like something was stuck in my tire. The frequency of the sound is directly related to the speed of the bike...and I can hear it much better when I pull in the clutch. I got home and checked both tires...couldn't find anything. What else could it be and is my bike still safe to ride (certainly don't want to do any damage to it)? Other things to check? Wish I had a means to get the rear wheel up for diagnostic purposes...

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go/change when apply brakes?

clutch in/idle/less engine noise just probabaly enables to be heard more

give the chain a good checking over inside and out, to rule out a half broken sideplate/rivet - very rare on modern chains but have had it.

stone chewed a sprocket tooth/out of line, front or rear?

SOmething caught in front sprocket area/loose nut?

grab the wheels top to bottom, see if have play in bearings?

If no paddock stands? - you can lean/prop the bike against a wall using the sidestand to run it slowly in gear to check for drive train noises. Better if get a buddy to help.

if okay? check front wheel/disc/pads?
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OK...so got the back tire up and found a link in the chain that's the problem. I'll attach a pic to show, but should there be a link on the bike where the roller doesn't spin and is "welded" to another small piece of metal between the sideplates? it kinda looks like it was manufactured that way, but a piece of it broke off or something...
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It appears to be a broken roller from the photo......
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take that to the dealer at tell them to fix it..
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...but that link looks different than the other ones...what is that extra piece of metal wedge between the links covering the roller? and it definitely doesn't roll...

obviously i'll get it addressed, but unsafe to ride in this condition?
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The other side of the roller? look okay? you've picked up some road debri by look of it. Chain could have jumped the sprockets, been pretty lucky.

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Go for the new chain, that one might be and most likely is hitting on your sprockets and will ruin those as well. If its a peice welded to the chain that should be under the warrenty
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well, when we lifted the back and rotated the wheel it is definitely catching on the front sprocket when that link runs over it, so yes, i assume it would do damage after some time...guessing i shouldn't drive it 40 miles to the dealer. Still...WHAT is that additional piece of metal lodged between the two plates? Is it supposed to be there on one link and mine is just broken/malformed? Shouldn't it have made noise from the beginning?

If it is a defective chain, should the dealer cover the cost to tow it to the shop?

Thanks y'all...bummed I can't ride for a few days.

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The dealer might try and say you picked up a rock or some other type of debris . I would also look at replacing the sprockets .

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That's a piece of metal you picked up someplace, and it's jammed between the sideplates. Get a screwdriver or something similar and pry it out of there.

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As said , just get a screw driver and remove the broken piece. to me it looks like something you picked on the ride and not part of the chain. Just remove it and test the bike.
You should be OK,but there maybe some damage done.
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Looks like a piece of the clamp on a lead wheel weight got wedged in the roller. Maybe that was the "bump" you felt- when the front tire ran over it it kicked it up?
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i got the chunk-o-metal out and the roller seems fine now...thanks for the help!
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