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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-25-2016, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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Boy she's noisy; I bet the neighbors can hear her!

My VN750 seems noisier than it should be, but heck it's hard to tell with all the general mechanical sounds of the bike (and the V&H exhaust). I occasionally hear inconsistant squeaks and I swear I have an odd tapping (sticky lifter?, they're hydrolic. I don't feel down on power so don't think one's collapsed)

Squeaking alone worries me due to 1 thing: bearings. Not too concerned, yet as if it goes boom I'll find a transplant.

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Enjoyed this vid

As I'm waiting on my V&H cruzers being delivered today all the parts for the ear shave should arrive next week (hopefully)

I see that you moved the R/R, was that prior to fitting the cruzers? I was going to leave mine in situ seeing as I'll be losing the GB.

Also like your voltage meter, definitely going to install one.

Couldn't hear any squeaking, sounds like my bike lol
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Think all I heard a rocker arm, early, just before you revved it. It went away after a few seconds. That's the highest pitched sound I heard. Can hear the same on my bike but have to use a stethoscope to hear it. Probably just a lifter being slack at low rpm.

The rest sounds like it might be mcct/acct.

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I liked the gratuitous R/R shot. i just got the same one in the mail yesterday!! Also I love the sound of the VH.. Jealous..

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The rest sounds like it might be mcct/acct.

I've re-adjusted them, so I don't think it's the chain. I'll probably just keep changing the oil and ride her til it goes poof and not worry about it too much.

Couldn't really get the video to show the squeak. /shrug

1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
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TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
Meanstreak Seat
Emgo 23-92411 Handlebars
MOSFET FH012AA R/R


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1998 Honda VFR800 FI

2014 Honda VFR800F

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I liked the gratuitous R/R shot. i just got the same one in the mail yesterday!! Also I love the sound of the VH.. Jealous..
X2 on those pipes.
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Squeaks don't worry me...too many non critical things can cause this. Knocks, on the other hand, aren't usually good. The Vulcan IS a pretty noisy motor from what I've seen, so unless something starts getting REAL loud, I wouldn't worry...

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The pipes sound nice. As for the engine ticketyclatter, that's what every 750 I've heard sounds like, and a lot of other Vulcans that have the same ACCT and DOHC design. Seems like there was a little more noise at idle before you revved, maybe a slightly weak lifter or something. I think it's just how they are though. I didn't hear a squeak, but I wouldn't worry about the rest of it.

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