My Grom makes the sound whether the chain is tight, loose, whatever.
This weekend, I decided to go do some testing and videoed different things so I could show my dealer.
1. The sound occurs after 10-15 miles of WOT on the highway. It may take longer sometimes, but about 80% of the time, when I ride from my house into town (about 9-10 miles) it's doing it by the time I get to the first red light. It's a whining sound coming from the engine, maybe even the head area. That makes me think it could be the cam chain tensioner, but that's a guess.
2. As you hold the clutch in, coasting to a stop, that's when you notice it. As you gear down, the sound goes away immediately when you go into second. 3rd, 4th and 5th make the sound as you coast to a stop.
3. When you take back off, you'll be cruising in town now and the bike will sound okay again.
4. Go into 5th at about 35-40mph and before long, the whine comes back and it will be VERY loud this time. It comes on very suddenly. At this point, you can cruise along all day in 5th and it'll make that sound. This is how I was able to get it on video.
5. Go back down to second again and it'll stop it like you turned off a switch.
6. Go back into 3rd, 4th or 5th and the whine may come back again. Or it may not do it again until your next 10-15 mile WOT highway run to the next town.
I've gotten to where I can almost make the bike do it. But, as I said earlier, it requires actually riding the bike for a while and most dealers won't do that.