The past couple of days my bike has developed a strange clicking noise while coasting in gear. It seems to only happen at around 5k rpm and speeds up/slows down with the road speed. If I pull the clutch or get on the gas it stops. The bike has about 8k miles on it and hasn't ever made this noise. Has anyone else encountered this before?
a stretched chain can also make noises when the tight section tries to
engage sprocket teeth.. lift the rear wheel [or place it with wheel just
over a step etc, perhaps a friend adding weight to front] then spin
the wheel to check chain condition.. wouldnt hurt to clean it
and lubricate it while your there.. [check both sprockets]
depending on what type of sound it is, coming from where,
a good first response is to check out your chain/sprockets...
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So it seems it was the chain. It was a little loose (barely within spec while cold) and after riding and warming up it could almost touch the bottom of the swing arm. Tightened it up this morning and it appears to have stopped making the noise for now. Thanks for the help.
Loose wont make noise unless its dry and neglected.
Also be careful tightening more than 35mm as once you've stretched a chain its rooted.
+1 It's better to have a chain that's a bit too loose than a bit too tight, as you can damage your sprocket shaft bearing if it's too tight. Very expensive to fix. Check it in more than one place, as it will be different in some places to others. It doesn't need to be said that your chain should be well lubricated.
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