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My vt250f has a rattle at speed, suspect camchains, what are service limits,where can i get new pair. mark

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Any dealer can supply new cam chains for the bike. They will often have after-market options available too, that can be a bit cheaper.
Service limits would be listed in a service manual, as well as valve clearances, which would be a good thing to check also as they often cause rattles. A good dealer should be able to tell you what these are too.

I'd suggest taking the bike to a mechanic to change the cam chains if you haven't done it before, the process can be fiddly and it's of dire importance to get the cam timing EXACTLY right when re-assembling to avoid engine damage, especially in a 2-cylinder motor.

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