cam chain / tensioner noise on CBR 1000F - when to get it 'delt' with?

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Ric, Jan 20, 2005.

  1. Ric

    Ric Guest

    Seems the dreaded (and much common) cam chain / tensioner issue is slowly
    but surely becoming more apparent on my recently bought CBR 1000F '93 ....

    When the bike gets warm enough, it's far more noticable when idling... even
    when riding around at low revs (anywhere below 3,500) you hear a bit of
    chattering going on down there but it's barely audible then... just when
    idling there's definitely some 'foreign' noise going on in there....
    although i've been told you only need to worry about it when the thing
    sounds like a truck up to 50metres away...

    Few questions for those in the know :-

    1) How long is it likely to go like this before getting to a point where it
    MUST be delt with / replaced?

    2) As it wears more / gets louder.. will this at *all* affect the
    performance of the engine or is it one of those things that simply works or
    doesn't work? just the noise as it loosens up with wear and no other

    3) Hoping someone can give me a ballpark figure.. if i were to drop the bike
    off to Red Wing Honda in Heidelburg (melbourne) and have it done... what
    would i be up for roughly incl. labour? at a guess i'd say around $400 /
    $500 tops.. but this may be way off...

    thanks for any input on this one folks.. appreciate it
    Ric, Jan 20, 2005
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