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Gear shifter vibration

Hi all,

A few hundred miles ago I noticed that my bike's gear shifter vibrates heavily at low RPM and low load.

It is definitely not the regular vibration of these bikes. If I rest my foot on top of the lever I can feel the vibration lifting my foot. The lever also moves very slightly up when increase load and lower when I decrease the load.

At higher RPMs or higher load there is no vibration.

Has somebody else experienced something similar?

Bike is 2011 and 8k miles.

Thanks in advance!
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Mine did that. A new chain fixed it. I had overtightened my chain and it lunched it.

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Is that the usual life span of a chain? I'm getting close to 8K myself...
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Is that the usual life span of a chain? I'm getting close to 8K myself...


I've got close to 14K on my stock chain only have adjusted it slightly 3 times since 01/2010. Still like new the only thing i did was put a 16T Front Sprocket at the 600 mile check-up...

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have a chat to Sambamboo he has a very recent post here in Tech Discussion about a similar issue. I wonder if your problem was his early symptom
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Is that the usual life span of a chain? I'm getting close to 8K myself...
you can't really give an approximation for a chain life. It depends on factors like the weather, rider, regular lubrication, proper adjustment type of chain etc. If in doubt over oil it as opposed to a bit here and there.

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Thanks guys. Chain seem to be a bit overtightened, will loosen it tomorrow and see if it helps.
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Thanks guys. Chain seem to be a bit overtightened, will loosen it tomorrow and see if it helps.
how did you get on mate?
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Better a bit loose than too tight. Not only will you burn through a lot of chains and sprockets BUT there's a good chance that you'll trash a counter shaft seal and that's no fun to replace. On a KLR you have to break the case to do so, no I didn't burn mine up but I have read more than one post were someone did.

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Chain was indeed a bit too tight. After adjusting it properly the vibration got much better, although it is still there.

I had a look at the front sprocket and it is at the very end of its working life, which is likely to be another source of gear lever vibration.

I am impressed by how quickly it is gone! The bike has 8.5k miles, the chain seems to be fine with no notches and little play when pulling it at the back of the rear sprocket, the rear sprocket is also in very good shape and the bike always had scottoiler.

I am not a big fan of changing just one component of the drive chain assembly, but this time I will give it a go and buy only a new front sprocket.

Thanks all for your help and Ill get back when I change the front sprocket and hopefully sort the lever vibration.

Cheers!
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Replace only the front sprocket? Check if your chain tension varies as you rotate rear wheel. Either way, after what it's been through especially with such front sprocket wear, replace the chain and both sprockets as a complete matched set... My original chain was uneven from the start and I finally replaced it with the sprockets at 2600 miles.
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