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Old 07-04-2008, 10:33 PM   #1
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Clicking in 1st gear?

I just noticed tonight that my bike makes a clicking sound in 1st gear, under ~15MPH.

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Old 07-04-2008, 10:34 PM   #2
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it is time for a new bike.
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Old 07-04-2008, 10:39 PM   #3
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it is time for a new bike.
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sell it and get a 'zuki. youve been riding long enough, its time to move up.
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no but on a serious note...what could be the problem?


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are you "feeling" anything, or just sound?
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Old 07-04-2008, 10:58 PM   #7
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just the sound, bikes not riding any differently


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Old 07-04-2008, 11:06 PM   #8
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You could buy a yamaha, then it would be normal operating proceedure. No seriously, it could be a whole bunch of things. Have you checked your oil lately? How many miles are on the bike? Does it do it only in idle, and does it get louder when reved?
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You could buy a yamaha, then it would be normal operating proceedure. No seriously, it could be a whole bunch of things. Have you checked your oil lately? How many miles are on the bike? Does it do it only in idle, and does it get louder when reved?


it does NOT click during idle or revved, only in first gear and only under about 15mph. 16k miles on the bike. Oil was changed a month or so ago.


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Old 07-04-2008, 11:33 PM   #10
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checked the teeth on both sprockets? might be a bad tooth that you only hear at low rpms (15mph or less), less wind noise, etc...
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Old 07-05-2008, 12:27 AM   #11
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it does NOT click during idle or revved, only in first gear and only under about 15mph. 16k miles on the bike. Oil was changed a month or so ago.


When was the last time you oiled or lubed your chain?
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Or adjusted it?
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maybe your chain is loose? is it a click or a tick?
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Old 07-05-2008, 01:57 AM   #14
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Bingo... chain....

Lift the rear and check it... should be lubed every 500 mls or so to keep it in prestine condition. The chain may be stretched or too tight, causing the noise. How many miles on it?

Assuming you r hearing it while the wheel is spinning.... Lift the bike w a pitbull and put it in drive.... you'll find the noise easier.
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chain needs adjustment, or nail in a tire.
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checked the teeth on both sprockets? might be a bad tooth that you only hear at low rpms (15mph or less), less wind noise, etc...
+1 I had that problem only in first also. So I changed sprocket and chain then it went away!
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If you figured it out - let us know. My F4 is doing that too & it's done that before. My chain is almost at it's limit so I'm thinking that is it (for my bike). Also, if it's more of a ticking noice it could be the cam chain tensioner (that would sound like it's coming from your right side of the bike). I replaced mine last year & I hear they go out lots.
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^^^ Lift the rear of your bike up and put it in gear... you don't have the load on the rear tire but the track bar will sit at the same level as on the ground and if you hear that chain speakin to you, you know where you stand.
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My bike was doing the same thing, under load, at slower speeds, and the problem was a unadjusted and underlubed chain. I cleaned then lubed the chain, and adjusted it and problem is gone! Give it a try!
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