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Sounds like timing chain, higher pitch gear noise.

Sounds like timing chain, it's a higher pitch gear noise. 80,000 miles on bike, I recently purchased. I have no manual, and I'm smart enough to do the work myself with proper direction, but too poor to pay the local dealership. I hope purchase a used shop manual if I can find one. I'm an old fart, but this is a new bike to me, I would appreciate any wisdom on this matter.

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Common on high mileage bikes, chain tend to stretch over years and get very sloppy. you might also want to check the gear making sure is not worn, worn gear will chew your new chain up quickly. check your timing belt also, it good idea to also replace.

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