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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-09-2010, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Ringing sound at 40 to 50 mph?

I've noticed a ringing sound that starts to develop at 40mph, is present between 42 and 48mph, then just fades as 50mph hits. This is a '08 900 Custom, 3500 miles.

It's not the ticking (which it also has, but is apparently normal, as per the other thread on the board), and it's not what I would describe as a whine (which apparently is also normal)...but is a metal-on-metal ringing sound. It's not rhythmic or pulsing...it's a constant ring. It's not loud; however, I can hear it above the drone of the bike. I can't seem to isolate where it's coming from, though.

Interestingly, it's present in both fourth and fifth gear at that aforementioned speed, so it doesn't appear to be gear-related. Odd, though, that it's isolated to that mph parameter.

Any thoughts? Another interesting noise that's just organic to the Vulcan, or is it something I should be concerned about?

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I've noticed a ringing sound that starts to develop at 40mph, is present between 42 and 48mph, then just fades as 50mph hits. This is a '08 900 Custom, 3500 miles.

It's not the ticking (which it also has, but is apparently normal, as per the other thread on the board), and it's not what I would describe as a whine (which apparently is also normal)...but is a metal-on-metal ringing sound. It's not rhythmic or pulsing...it's a constant ring. It's not loud; however, I can hear it above the drone of the bike. I can't seem to isolate where it's coming from, though.

Interestingly, it's present in both fourth and fifth gear at that aforementioned speed, so it doesn't appear to be gear-related. Odd, though, that it's isolated to that mph parameter.

Any thoughts? Another interesting noise that's just organic to the Vulcan, or is it something I should be concerned about?
Answer your phone and let them know not to call until you have reached 50 plus ...

I had the same thing, thought it was the finish on the front brake rotor cleaning off what looks to be paint or some metal finish over lapping the caliper "grabbing" area .... after around 500 miles its was gone, i have not had the issue since and now have 7000 plus miles on it.

Other than that, cant help you ... cheers Maurice

As i flipped into 5th, i couldnt remember a damn thing she said
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Sounds like the drive belt to me.

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I've got the same ringing at 60mph from time to time. If its hot outside you cant hear it, if its cold, you can..... give or take 5 mph and the noise is gone.
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Interesting. I haven't noticed that temperature makes any difference with mine, though...I just bought mine a few months ago, so it's all been summer riding. 'Course, it hasn't been all warm riding, but I wouldn't call any of it cold, either.

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Sounds like the drive belt to me.
Would that result in a metal-on-metal ringing, though?

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*Cobra Short Sissybar, Pad & Insert *Leatherworks 312 Chopper Bag *Small/Med. Windshield
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I had a metal on metal sound that turned out to be the washer on the front drive shaft rattling at higher speeds and on hot days. The front pulley nut came loose. Easy to check by removing the two side covers to expose the pulley.

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I had a metal on metal sound that turned out to be the washer on the front drive shaft rattling at higher speeds and on hot days. The front pulley nut came loose. Easy to check by removing the two side covers to expose the pulley.
I'm afraid I'm less mechanically inclined than most, so not sure what I'll be looking at (pulley?) when I pull the side covers, but I'll gave that a shot and see if anything looks loose underneath. Thanks for the tip.

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You just need one Allen wrench to check. Pull off the large chrome plastic cover first then the black cover over the front belt pulley. The cover should be dry inside. If it checks out dry and tight, you can start looking in other locations. Mine came loose on a stock setup (no Scootworks pulley)

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Good news, bad news: good news is everything looks, as near as I can tell, fine under the side plates. Bad news is the mystery still remains.

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