I have just over 10,000 miles on my Versys. I've finally figured out how to correctly adjust my chain and am confident it's adjusted properly (3rd time's a charm). The chain hits the top chain guide at a certain point (or two or three, perhaps) as the tire rotates. I hear a rubbing sound on each rotation. I also noticed that there is some lateral play of the chain on the rear sprocket. Is that typical?
I followed the service manual for inspecting chain wear and my measurements are not nearly as precise as they need to be to determine when it's out of spec. Spec is 317.5 - 318.2 mm and is out of spec at 319 mm. I don't have a tool that measures to that precision (at that distance), nor do I trust that my placement of my tape measure is so precise that I can be accurate to less than 1 mm. When I measured in three places I got 318, 319, 320 mm. Suggests I ought to replace the chain (and sprockets).
On the swing arm it says that a chain will last from 9000 to maybe 15000 miles (I don't remember exactly), so I'm in the range.
I'm thinking I'll be replacing my chain and sprockets soon. Can anyone else chime in with experience/expertise with chain wear?
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