and one returning problem

Charles Scappaticci scapco at
Sun Aug 5 10:14:00 PDT 2012


Is it possible the spacers inside the rear sprocket carrier are in
backwards?  The one the fits inside the carrier between it and the wheel
can go in backwards  Otherwise, I'd tend to agree with your suspicion that
the wheel is slightly off center somehow.

Charles S..

On Sun, Aug 5, 2012 at 9:46 AM, Drew Blanchard <drewblanchard at>wrote:

> Last year, the Geeper developed a weird "tocking" which could clearly be
> felt through the footpegs.  It varied with road speed; gearing/rpm didn't
> make a difference.  The consensus here (and from the dealer) was worn
> damping ring rubber; dealer also thought the chain was a bit loose
> (although I disagreed).  The weirdest part of all this is the fact this
> problem very clearly began when I took a fairly heavy passenger (approx 200
> lbs) for a ride.  I have no idea what the cause/effect of this could be,
> but figured maybe this had stressed the old rubbers.  So, I replaced the
> damping ring when I installed the new tires.  Glad I'd just bought a new
> can of silicone spray, too, but with things that snug I expected the old
> clanking/tocking problem to be gone.
> Wrong.
> It was back.  With a vengeance.  Things between 43 and 52 mph were
> downright worrisome.  I immediately stopped at the dealers (Roadside
> Motorsports in Williston VT - I *love* these guys!) for some advice.  One
> of their service techs asked a few questions, then followed me out to the
> bike.  He quickly looked things over, and asked my permission to move the
> bike into the shop to check some things out.  Less than 10 minutes later,
> he backed the bike out and sent me on my way after loosening the chain.
> Bear in mind, I only wanted advice.  He took it upon himself to leave the
> counter, bring my bike in, adjust the chain, and sent me on my way with a
> smile (and no bill).  Have I mentioned how much I love these guys?
> Anyway, the clanking/tocking was immediately much better, but not totally
> gone.  It's obvious the inside of the chain has been rubbing or hitting
> something more than just the sprockets, as that side is much shinier and
> more polished than it out to be.  It sounds and feels like something is
> being hit right by the front sprocket, an area we can't normally see.  The
> chain itself rides much too close to the top of the swingarm than I'd like,
> but there isn't much I can do about that.  The question is, WTF?
> I could loosen the chain even more and see what that does, but this is
> really annoying.  Is it possible the rear wheel is a bit out of alignment
> with the bike, and that's somehow causing the problem?  And, again, the
> fact this so clearly had an originating cause (and which seems to make no
> sense) suggests something else is going on.
> Thoughts?
> Drew in VT
> '96 GPZ 1100
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