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Popping Noise From Rear When I Take Off

Got a new '16 650 and its makin a racket when I take off. Just light popping or knocking sounds from rear wheel. The chain was pretty loose and I adjusted that after a pretty long trip. Bike has 9500 miles on it. 4 mos old. Any guesses as to the noise?
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you chains f*cked thats the sound of links no meshing on the sprockets and popping in to place

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Yikes!!
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Yikes!!
mine was doing the same thing due to 2 links that had gotten kinked and were really tight. sounded like bolts in a blender when you first took off
replaced the chain and sprockets and good as new

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Thanks for the heads up. Gonna drop it by the shop tomorrow.
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Sounds like your chain is completely toast... Get a good quality X-ring chain along with new sprockets, including an oem front sprocket which has the rubber damper.
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Sounds like your chain is completely toast... Get a good quality X-ring chain along with new sprockets, including an oem front sprocket which has the rubber damper.
how much is a rubber dampened front sprocket really needed? mine didnt have one when i got it (bought used) and the new one i put on it also doesnt have it

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1+ for the chain- I would not worry about rubber damper on sprocket- I don't like them chain rides high on sprocket shorter life-as far a noise goes never could say I heard any difference

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Non-rubber damped front sprocket is far too noisy. Don't get a regular steel front sprocket. You will regret it, and your chain will also suffer if you skip getting an oem rubber-damped sprocket. Don't try saving a couple bucks on a crappy solid steel front sprocket. It's not worth it, no matter what all these jokers may claim.
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Update...nothin wrong with my chain or sprockets, just not cleaned and oiled well enough. Got a scolding from the shop (deservedly so) and they said I'd be ready for a chain and sprockets in a few thousand miles. That gets me up to the normal life expectancy of a factory chain. In my defense, my last 2 bikes were belt drive. Thanks again for the help on here!
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So, it was your chain causing the "popping noise from the rear". I was going to suggest that you cut back on the bean burritos.
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the pop sound is caused by the rear sprocket teeth not aligned properly now due to wear and differing chain link gaps from link kinks etc...

some of the teeth dont go smoothly into the chain link gap when the chain comes around the bottom of the rear sprocket this puts tention in the chain, so when the teeth come out of the chain links they tend to pluck the chain rollers, or that some the links now pop onto the sprocket properly as they come around as the tension is released .... that is the pop sound you hear.

This is even worse when the sprocket teeth are worn and are hooked, it is the hook part of the tooth catching the rollers as it leaves the chain.... again plucking the rollers.

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Non-rubber damped front sprocket is far too noisy. Don't get a regular steel front sprocket. You will regret it, and your chain will also suffer if you skip getting an oem rubber-damped sprocket. Don't try saving a couple bucks on a crappy solid steel front sprocket. It's not worth it, no matter what all these jokers may claim.
Easy there big [email protected]! To each JOKER his own I say. If you want to run the OEM go right ahead, but don't bad talk those of us who choose not to. There are valid points for both the OEM rubber front and the solid steel front sprocket. I've ridden almost 20K miles with the solid aftermarket front sprocket with ZERO issues and NO more noise than any other chain drive bike.


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Easy there big [email protected]! To each JOKER his own I say. If you want to run the OEM go right ahead, but don't bad talk those of us who choose not to. There are valid points for both the OEM rubber front and the solid steel front sprocket. I've ridden almost 20K miles with the solid aftermarket front sprocket with ZERO issues and NO more noise than any other chain drive bike.
ya same here... my bike came with just the basic metal front sprocket and when i replaced it i put same make solid front sprocket on and i dont hear any extra noise compared to any other bike ive had , actually other then my electric scooter, Sylvester is the quietest bike i own.

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Smiley that ain't gonna happen no matter what kinda noises are comin out.?
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Mine was popping today, so I put it up on the rear stand.

It may be replacement time.... ****!

I have a new rear sprocket and will be re-using the JT-16 front sprocket.
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Mine was popping today, so I put it up on the rear stand.

It may be replacement time.... ****!

I have a new rear sprocket and will be re-using the JT-16 front sprocket.
I would change out the front sprocket as well. It's ALWAYS recommended to change out all three components together to ensure even and uniform wear. New chain + old sprockets= chain wear new sprockets + old chain= sprocket wear
I guess there are exceptions but I've never chanced it.


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Mine was popping today, so I put it up on the rear stand.

It may be replacement time.... ****!

I have a new rear sprocket and will be re-using the JT-16 front sprocket.
The front sprocket wears at 2-3X the rate of the rear. I assume because it has fewer teeth. What ever the reason for the increased wear on the front I replace it every chain change and then replace the rear whenever it needs replacement. It's easy to replace rear independent of the chain.
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Mine was popping today, so I put it up on the rear stand.

It may be replacement time.... ****!

I have a new rear sprocket and will be re-using the JT-16 front sprocket.
I would change out the front sprocket as well. It's ALWAYS recommended to change out all three components together to ensure even and uniform wear. New chain + old sprockets= chain wear new sprockets + old chain= sprocket wear
I guess there are exceptions but I've never chanced it.
Agreed, it's good practice to do all three to ensure even wear.
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If you're going that far it makes no sense to me to not take the final step' besides the front sprocket is probably the cheapest item on the parts list for the task.
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