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Grinding on takeoff

When coming off the line from a stop, I have been hearing grinding sound coming from what seems like the front sprocket. With the bike on the stand, I rotate the rear wheel and can hear some clicking. I really haven't gotten into it that much, but what do you think that could be? it doesn't happen once I get going, only on takeoff. Worn sprocket or chain? Wheel alignment?

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How much adjustment left on the chain, how are the teeth of the front sprocket looking, how many miles on that chain/sprocket?
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Also, how is your chain tension?
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Many moons ago had a DR 500 that the front sprocket teeth had gone hooked and chewed right through my chain, it was clonking but i was only 16 and thought i would go for a 600 km ride but only got 250km before the chain spat out on the road, was lucky it did not jam as i was at 100kph at the time. My Dad was not impressed driving all that way with a trailer as it was a sunday and in those days nothing was open.
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When was the last time you lubed the chain?
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How much adjustment left on the chain, how are the teeth of the front sprocket looking, how many miles on that chain/sprocket?
I got one more tick on the adjustment guide before axle is all the way back. I have not taken a close look at the front sprocket yet. Stock chain, about 5Kmiles.

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Also, how is your chain tension?
Just adjusted the chain a few weeks ago, still within spec.

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When was the last time you lubed the chain?
I lube the chain after long rides, and maybe every 100 miles or so.

By the responses here, sounds like it just might be fatigued chain and front sprocket. I replaced the rear after maybe 500 miles when I bought it (44T, huge improvement).

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Check the chain o-rings.
Some V owners here reported damaged O-rings on their new oem bike chain.

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You geared it lower with a larger rear sprocket? How many teeth over stock?
Make sure your rear suspension is fully extended out when checking chain tension. Also, see if tension varies as you rotate rear wheel, and by how much. Mine strteched unevenly from the start and got worse. I replaced it and sprockets at only 2500 miles.
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Went with 44T supersprox. Tension did vary in chain as I rotated the wheel, but not by much. I look close at it this weekend. At least know I have some checklist items. Thanks.

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I'm getting the same issue, and I've got a new chain and sprockets to put on. I'm at 16k miles on (AFAIK) the stock chain and sprockets, so it's time.

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I'm getting the same issue, and I've got a new chain and sprockets to put on. I'm at 16k miles on (AFAIK) the stock chain and sprockets, so it's time.
Got 33,600 miles on my OEM chain (replaced the front sprocket about 2,000 miles ago) and MANY more left in it. I keep it WELL lubed with WD40, and it does NOT make any noises!


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