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Chain I checked the chain slack on my bike yesterday after cleaning and lubing. It was a little loose. I decided to check the chain after rotating it a bit and found that it went from out of spec loose to out of spec tight. My first guess is my chain is old and needs replacement, but how likely is it that something else is causing the chain to tighten as it rotates? I don't think I could have bent the output shaft on my motor, but perhaps a sprocket is out of round? Any recommendations for a chain or sprockets for my bike?

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You need a new chain & most likely sprockets. Motorcycle chains don't stretch evenly.

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