Is my chain done? Or is something else the problem?
Hi fellow Versys riders!
I own a 650 V from 2014 with 13k kilometers on it (8k miles). I recently had the tired changed and since then I have been experiencing some weird noises.
1st noise: A high pitched whirring type of sound that is dependent on the speed I'm going. From around 20+ kph I start hearing this noise. It does not change when I apply the brakes and does not change when I pull in the clutch. If I pull in the clutch it gets more noticeable, but that's normal since the engine is quiet then.
2nd noise: When under load (passenger or fully loaded panniers), there is a ticking feeling in my pegs (more left than right) and seat area. Again, not influenced by brakes or clutch. This ticking goes faster the higher the speed. At 90+ kph the ticking is just a constant buzz.
I inspected my chain and all the rollers are in good shape, but some links are a bit stiffer than others. They are not stuck but you need some more force to move them. I very regularly clean and lube the chain with a specific chain cleaner and lube.
My chain alignment has been checked by myself with a Motionpro tool and was a bit out of alignment. The tire shop based their alignment on my swingarm marks I think...
Is there a chance that my chain is done for? Is there anything more that I can do or check?
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