High-G FJR Junkie!
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Millgrove, ON, CA
If the noise is near middle gear, I would check the transmission shifting, etc. by putting the bike on the center stand, engine off, then shift into each gear while moving the rear wheel as necessary to line up the gears. When in neutral, give everything a spin with the back wheel and if the middle gear is a problem, the noise may be evident.
IF no noises (tranny or middle bearing noises), then start up the engine in neutral, and verify the noise is still left side only. Go to the right side and verify it is not over there. You can use a small rod as a stethescope kind of thing against your ear and touching various parts of the engine.
IF there is a clattering on the right side, it indicates timing chain is slapping around, ie., CCT issue. In any event, noise or no noise, on '07's and prior, if the CCT does not have any paint dot, one should not hesitate to install one of the new design.
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