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What's that rubbing sound?

Hi guys,

I was riding my 09 versys home yesterday and I could hear a rubbing sound under my feet when i coasted to a stop. It was in a rhythm as I slowed down the noise slowed down. It was not in time with the wheels spinning it was slower. So I lifted the rear of the bike when I got home and spun the rear wheel and the chain went from some slack to noticeably tighter and back to some slack. Any ideas ?
It has 27,000 miles on the original chain and sprocket.
My riding style is very conservative no wheelies or real quick clutch release.
Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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Your original chain is shot... Mine stretched unevenly from the start, and I finally replaced it and the sprockets at only 2500 miles.
27,000 miles aint so bad at all.
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Pretty sure all our chains have spots where they are tighter than other places. The manual tells us to find the tightest spot to measure slack at the midway point.

I adjusted my chain too tight a while back and got a pretty loud sound out of it, once back on the road. I redid the adjustment... With proper slack and the sound went away.

Sounds to me like you might have your chain tighter than it needs to be.

Edit: Just saw invader's post above. My chain and sprockets are original with a tad over 15,000 miles.

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Thanks, I was thinking along those lines, glad to hear a consensus. I've got order a new chain and sprockets and get back on the road, this weather down here is perfect!

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Thanks, I was thinking along those lines, glad to hear a consensus. I've got order a new chain and sprockets and get back on the road, this weather down here is perfect!
It took me three tries to adjust my chain correctly because I missed the part about finding the point where it's tightest and adjusting it there. I was getting the rubbing sound you describe too. I've also gotten the rubbing sound when the chain needed a cleaning and lube.

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Today was great on the ride home from work. I work in ATL and live south of the city. let me know if I can help.
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You need a new chain and front sprocket and probably a rear sprocket too.

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We might have more sensitive chains/sprockets on our V's than we have realised :s At least some of us...

First of all, in order to find an answer to your question you have to closely examine your chain (including the adjustment) and the status of the sprockets. Your chain could be under-lubed (or lubed with a not so good
lube - whatever that could be ), not adjusted correctly or simply worn out. The sprockets could be worn out as well.

Secondly, read these threads to get more info on this issue:
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=27634
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=27794

There is probably more useful info to find/read if you search around a little on this forum.

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Yup, had the same issue. Started coasting to a stop and heard a rubbing grinding sound in rhythm down by my feet. Re-oiled the chain but that didn't make it any better. Had my fingers crossed that it was a wore out chain and not a more serious issue such as a bearing going bad. Replaced chain, problem solved!!
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Thanks alot guys for you're help. you all confirmed what I was thinking. A new chain and sprockets are on the way now. Gotta get this thing fixed, I HATE driving my car to work !!

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