Grind/Rattle Noise.. possibly in clutch
I have a 2004 Vulcan 2000. Recently I have been getting a weird noise coming from what I think is the clutch. It is a kind of grind/rattling noise. The bike seems to be operating fine but this is a new noise and is definitely abnormal for the bike.
The noise is noticeable with the clutch in and out especially in 1st and 2nd gear. With the clutch engaged I can hear the rattle/grind noise and it is loudest on deceleration, but I can also hear a noise when I disengage the clutch. It originally started with just noise when I clutch in but now it seems to be all the time even though the type of noise changes depending if the clutch is in our out. I think I can faintly hear the rattle in 3rd and 4th gear with V&H Straight Pipes and they tend to drown out the noise.
I can force it to make the noise really noticeable by decelerating, clutch engaged in 2nd or 3rd gear and not downshifting.. taking the RPM's down to almost a stall.
a) is it safe to continue riding?
b) any suggestions on what it could be?