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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-27-2007, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Mysterious rattle

Hey guys, Iím finally coming out of a winter hibernation from riding the bike. Finally some nice weather. Any thoughts on a mysterious rattle near the front of the bike. It starts at about 25 mph (after Iíll shift from 1st to 2nd) and the sound does not change with the speed of the bike. It sounds like tin or sheet metal rattling near the front portion of the bike. At first I thought it was the keys in the ignition but then I took all of the extras off except the key to start the bike and the sound did not go away. I donít see anything thatís painfully obvious but it bugs me and I donít know if itís serious.

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check to see if your heat shields around your exhaust pipes have loosened up?

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I had that same noise,turned out to be loose front fender mounting bolts.
Im betting thats it. Let us know.

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Thanks guys I'll take a look tonight and let you know.
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I had similar problem at any speed as long as the RPMS were 3000-3500 mine was heat shield vibration.
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Also check your cables to see if they are close to the tank or frame. That rattle could be the wind whipping a cable against something (usually around the neck area) and since it happens at higher speeds.. more wind

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I had a buzzing/rattle that would come and go. Had a hunch it was inside the headlamp. Sure enough, one of the mounting nuts had come off inside.
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I can see it now. This thread is going to generate a ton of people to think the vn750 will fall apart underneath you.

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You mean it won't???

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I can see it now. This thread is going to generate a ton of people to think the vn750 will fall apart underneath you.
Well then, maybe we should tell them that will only happen if your name is Cegodsey, and you have an '07 VN750.
Sooner or later it's inevidable that your story ... er ... I mean ... Vulcan, will fall apart.
Anything older than an '07, and ya should be alright


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