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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-23-2009, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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2008 Versys Chain Grinding Noise

I had my chain tightened at 1,200 Miles. Ran great since there was a annoying buzz sound. Yesterday, I accelerated pretty quickly and around second gear to avoid or to be honest to waive off a dog . 1/2 mile later I accelerated and noticed a "griding" noice coming from the chain and seems like the bike is struggling to acclerate. Engine sounds normal at idle, but just not performs normal. Turned back and parked. I hope this is not a serious problem.
I wish I had a rear raise stand.
Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-23-2009, 12:08 PM
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Sounds like you had someone else tighten your chain. Check to see if they tightened the axle nuts properly, or if not, if your axle has 'shifted' changing the chain run (one side will be further forward than the other side mis-aligning your chain).
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maybe overtightened to the point of ruining a countershaft bearing? unlikely...dry chain? could be....I hope your axle wasn't left loose! recheck the chain free play, too.
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I noticed a noise coming from the bottom of my bike, and it turned out to be the chain hitting the exhaust (it was too loose). I adjusted it, and gave it a try and it started doing the grinding noise you may be talking about, it was because the chain was too tight. I readjusted it and now I have no chain related noises.
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Yeah I'd check just in case your chain is too loose, you may be tgettign the chain slipping

the chain tension should be bewteen 25 & 35 mm (on the shortest/tightest link, measure approximately over the weld on the swinging arm.. or So I was told) when on the side stand.
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