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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-27-2011, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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odd rattle 01 vn750

Hello folks. I am brand new to this site, but not brand new to motorcycling...I just purchased an 01 vn750 from the original owner. It has about 21k miles and looks well cared for. However , there is an odd rattle or buzz that can be heard at idle and just above idle. It seems to be coming from the area of the rear brake pedal but I can't be sure..I know the old tricks of using a wooden dowel to push directly onto exhaust pipes and other parts, but the noise defies detection. It will rattle a few seconds and stop, then rattles again. Has anyone heard similar noises from their 750 models? It does not seem to affect the way it runs, by the way.. Thanks.
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1st Welcome to the site. You'll find a lot of good information here. As far as the rattle goes, I'd just feel around until you find it. I know my clutch & brake levers rattle sometimes along with my helmet locks. Also check your center stand. Just a few places to start.

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Mine rattles right around where yours seems to. Mine is because one of the fasteners for heat shied on the exhaust pipe is loose, causing the heat shield to rattle. I figured this one out when I put my foot on the heat shield and it stopped rattling. If it happens to be the same thing, there are screws under there that you can turn to tighten the heat shield fasteners. In my case, the screw is rusted and won't budge at all, but yours might turn just fine.
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Yup, heat shields was my first thought.

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Check the radiator too. There's lots of places on that thing that can rattle. Check the top and definitely check the bottom on the foot brake side while it's runnin'.

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Hello like-em-all. There is a lot of info on this sight,but it takes a lot of reading, when you have nothing to do. Where are you located? You maybe able to find you somebody close to you that has a lot of knowledge with this bike. Most are very helpful when they can be.

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Welcome to the Vulcan madness.

A couple of long shot ideas for rattle source:
Maybe footpeg bracket loose?
Or broken weld holding small diameter exhaust shield *rod* on brake pedal?


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Don't forget the engine mounts bolts or nuts. We've seen a few loosen up an become lost around here on the forum.


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