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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-04-2019, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Clanking noise while running

Hi, I know it's hard to do any diagnosis through a text message, but I have a question...my always reliable Shadow 750 started making a clanking sound down low, between my feet, when I was pulled out in 1st gear. I thought it might be clutch, or slipping, but then is started happening while cruising.

My question is, I'm new to working on bikes and while it sounds like Tranny, is it reasonable to assume that if I take it apart, I'll be able to see what the problem is? Like a worn or bent part, etc? I obviously don't want to spend $2k on a shop...

Thanks for any ideas...


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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-04-2019, 04:59 PM
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I like to start with the simple things first.
What does the chain and the front sprocket look like?
As chains wear they move up on the sprocket with load, as the pitch effectively increases, worn sprocket teeth also kick the chain outwards.
Worn sprockets will get sharp pointy teeth and chains get longer 'til they break.
Things usually start making noise and at some point adjusting doesn't buy you time, things can get expensive quickly.

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As CSRoad says, check to make sure your chain has the proper tension and that it's properly lubed.
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You asked for ideas..if it's not your chain/sprockets, I had some "mystery clanking" on mine down low a while back.. Turned out to be one of my road footrests on my crash bars had lost a rubber damper. Hope yours turns out to be simple!

If it jams, force it. If it breaks it needed replacing anyway.
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Put it in low gear with the engine off and rock it back and forth hard, and see if anything make a noise like you hear.

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My first thought was Chain also, they tend to be noisey when in need of attention...
Adjust & lubricate the chain, SEE IF the noise goes away...

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-19-2019, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Can anyone tell me how I can check if the chain is correct?

Many thanks

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That search box at the upper right of your screen is your friend. Search " proper chain adjustment", make some popcorn, grab a beer, and enjoy a plethora of info.

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