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The chain makes a strang noise when driving in low gear and low revs. Mainly when driving in the city after driving the motorway. Have tensioned the chain any other suggestions??

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  • joe May 11, 2010

    could the chain be too tight especially when you are sitting on it and and kickstand is up?


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Check behind the sprocket casing it could be just muck and grease causing it.

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