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Slowly rotate the rear wheel and check the chain tension at the same place (mid way between the sprockets on the lower chain run) and look for variations in chain tension. If you find them, your chain needs replacing.
If you're going to continue using the chain, you need to tension it on the tightest spot - note that this is a temporary fix and that the rest of the chain will be slack with the risk of the chain jumping off the sprocket. If you do otherwise, you'll risk snapping the chain, potentially holing the crankcase in the process. There's also the risk of the too tight chain pulling on the bearing that supports the output shaft that carries the front sprocket. If the bearing fails, you risk the gear shafts moving and locking up. I've seen both of the above and have also seen rear sprockets pulled off the carrier, trashing the wheel in the process.
Personally I'd replace both the chain and sprockets ASAP.
When your chain starts doing inexplicable stuff (needing a lot of tightening all of a sudden, after which it then appears to need loosening; making weird noises) it's time for replacement. Past time, in fact. There are official, reliable ways of checking, but the difficulty adjusting it properly is, in my experience, foolproof.
I don't replace sprockets until they're obviously worn, but this comes up for debate all the time here, so take this under advisement.
The real question is: what in the world have you done to your chain to cause it to wear out so quickly? And what are you going to do differently from now on? No reasonable chain should go that fast (unless a non-o-ring chain, which is worth using only in dire emergencies); it'll be well worth your while to figure this part out. I can't even imagine changing out chains and sprockets every 8,000 miles.
There are lots of chain-care threads here, including lots of contradictory opinions and suggestions. Certain basics will be obvious, with the rest up to you to sort through and adapt to suit your preferences (and belief systems).
Like said, if it needs tightening on a weekly basis then it's ready for the bin.
"whirs and clicks" can be quite normal. They can be anything from chain rollers, gearbox bearings, chain guides etc etc etc.
How are your sprockets ?? Sharp ? Shark toothed ???
You can measure chain wear but you need to remove it.
Lay it down in a straight line and try and push all the links together but keep the chain in a straight line. Measure the length in this state.
Then pull the chain apart as far as you can and measure it again. The number should be in mm, not cm. Your chain manufacturer will have the proper service limit.
Once a chain starts needing constant adjustment it only gets worse and worse. I know people who have ridden 20,000 miles (on 1000cc sports bikes too) on a chain like this. They take links out rather than pay for a new one. It's not something I'd do but they manage.
It would be worthwhile to check the front and rear sprocket too. In addition to checking the state of the teeth, you should also verify that they are not loose. This is not obvious when you arer stopped unless you specifically check for it.
I might be wrong here, but I think a small amount of play in the front sprocket is OK.
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