I had a somewhat similar sound on my V and went ahead and replaced the chain despite it having only 10K on it and seeming to be fine. Went to new 44T rear and replaced the front as well. Both looked fine but you do this as a set if you can. I also replaced my rear bearings, as they are cheap and easy. Whatever it was, that grinding sound went away when I did these two things. Now she glides all quiet and smooth! And that's the way we like it now isn't it?
I agree with the other folks here that it is probably your chain in some way or another.
I lube my new chain with Honda Moly lube with Teflon as I like how it dries solid and is super slippery.
2009 Versys 16K
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