This is on my 2009 650 KLR.
It's got less than 1600 miles.
'Bout once a week it get's washed and the chain lubed, inspected, (at work- free washing!!)
So it's not a rusty lump of sheet, nor forgotten about, I do P.M. on all my bikes WAY more than the average rider, (anal bike mechanic)!
I get home from work yesterday and as I'm backing it into the shed, I hear a noise???? WTF??
I hop off the bike and with no weight on the bike the chain is SUPER tight????
(Last Friday it had like 7/8" slack and was lubed up nice)???
"Sheet, I mush have bent something? (now I don't take this off road at all, hasn't been dropped, hit, kicked, nothing, ride to work and home).
I put it on the bike lift, seems free now?? slack. Nothing wrong with the chain, all the links move free??????
I check everything out, looks OK? Nothing bent, twisted, beat up???
"Might as well replace the stock chain with a better one that I've been holding til the tire wears out".
Install the new chain, (the old one was still good, but what the hell, I'm here)
Ride it up to the shed, back it in, looks good. Nice slack.
Fast forward to this morning.........
I pull out to go to work-there's the noise agian, same thing the chain is SUPER tight????
I pull it back into the shed and grab the rear sproket. The only thing I feel is a good amount of slop in the rubber dampner on the sproket hub??????
I'm not a bike beater, so this is the first time I ever had those rubber cushions wear in 45 years of riding???
Jesus! the bike is still new! Has anyone ever had these go in their new KLR's???
I haven't ripped it apart yet to confirm it, but what else could it be??
The swing arm bushing are tight, the sprokets good, chain aligment good??
F***ing Baffled in Pa.
This KLR has been a headache since I bought it!
Nothing aftermarket just "bolts up", the gas cap has it's own key, It wouldn't work with the keys that came with it). it had 5 miles when it fell over in the yard, (twice! once on the left, once on the right in a matter of minutes. Picked it up, turned and it fell-again! Cracked the fairing and scratched the graphics on the other side), til I shortened the kick stand.
I MUST have gotten the bike made on Monday A.M. !!!