I've read on here somewhere that the bolts for the linkage need to be greased immediatly when you get the bike. I just did mine (about 15 total hours on the bike) and found they were all dry. I also did the swingarm bolt and the brake lever bolt. The swingarm bolt was the only one with even a hint of grease on it. If you haven't done it already, better do it before it's too late. Also, I've had both my axles off and they did have grease on them so I just assumed the links did too. Never assume.