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Aug 13

Posts: 4

naison82083 says:

Repair Help Please

I am noticing a metallic sounding pinging/rattling coming from the lower rear when I change gears, accelerate or brake.

I have a 97 katana 600. The bike was sitting for 2 months due to repairs to fuel line. It is now running and the noise just started. I removed all fairings and replaced, they are all well secure. The chain seems like it has a lot of give. I can lift lower part of chain about 4 inches. Would that be the problem? Or possibly something else? Best way to fix problem?

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Jan 08

Posts: 7721

kcmc says:

Hi Naison82083 and welcome to the site :-)

Flippin heck mate,4 inches movement on the chain:shock:,its a wonder it isn't dragging on the floor,think you might need to do some research before doing anymore repairs to your bike.

Check the top of this page common service manual

Check this out,good luck


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Mar 07

Posts: 3203

weasel64 says:

best way to fix problem ???

if you've got 4" of travel on your chain I wouldn't even bother to tighten it up because it sounds like its fooked ..

get a new chain & sprocket kit . that should fettle it :biggrin:

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Dec 12

Posts: 1454

Diablere says:

get a new chain.

mate of mine left and left his chain.

till the fooker snapped at 80mph+ causing exstensive damage to the bike coming off and then snaked down the road almost taking me with it!:mad:

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Aug 05

Posts: 7578

babyblade41 says:

Even a small amount

of slack on the TDM Mr BB bought a few weeks ago was enough to make a noise. New chain and sprockets was the first job, goodness knows what 4 inches would sound like:shock:

Naison yes as all others have said replace ASAP and hopefully all will be well again:smile

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Dec 12

Posts: 366

4 FUCKIN INCHES ????????

CHRIST !!!! i wish me dick was that long ...... FFS get a new one c@s .... ya fuckin cheap skate / bullshit merchant 

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Aug 13

Posts: 4

naison82083 says:

Thanks All

Thanks for the help all. Obviously im a new owner and after seeing the instructional video i see that my bike has a major problem that I will fix ASAP.  

Was wondering how hard is it to replace the chain/sprocket yourself or should I take it into a mechanic. I like doing things myself and getting the experience but i understand that somethings you just dont mess with and motorcycles are much finer tuned than cars.

(I have replaced clutches, engine mounts, flywheels, rebuild top end of motor on cars so Im fairly competent but i understand bikes are a whole other beast)

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Jan 11

Posts: 8405

snev says:


Reckon if you can't tighten the chain....... a simple job...... then a visit to a bike shop would be safer.....:mellow:

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