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Cush drive bushes - Single side swing-arm bikes

Cush drive bushes

Owners of the 748/916/996/998 range must keep an eye on the rear cush drive bushes. These are a rubber cushion element fitted into the rear sprocket.

It is possible (and I've seen it too many times) for the outer steel ring to become detached from the rubber. The steel ring can then work its way out of the sprocket towards and into the wheel bearing housing, wearing it away. First signs are silver aluminium dust all over the rear of the bike.

(See the Photo Gallery for the possible results of cush drive failure).

New bushes are about 15 each.

The Talon Quick Change rear sprocket system is cleverly designed to prevent this happening thanks to the steel ring sitting against an abutment at the bottom of its housing.




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