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hi you lot,

paranoid me is having a hard time readjusting to the engine braking on the AT.so a few helpful comments will put my mind at ease and see the grey hairs disappear along with the worry lines.

ok, i come through the gearbox to 1st gear (only ever happens in first) im traveling to fast for first, so the engine braking starts and i lean forward. but even with theclutch in i hear a whirring noisefrom the bottom of the engine, chain is fine and no rattles or anything. used to have a slipper cluctch on the gsx14 so never worried and the other fours i had didnt have such engine braking.

so question is, is this normal, have i forgotten one of the quirks of a v twin, cant seem to remember a whirring on the ktm i had.

cheers - rob
 

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Fit a race can on and you'll be revelling in the lurvely burble you get on the overrun.
I don't remember any sort of whirring noise on mine but then again I have a race can so may not be hearing what you're hearing.
Could it be coming from the chain?
 

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Sounds like the chain is too tight, when I got my @ 2 months and 1000 miles ago I adjusted the chain as I would on my Hornet and got a similar noise, slackened it off and noise is gone. @'s seem to like slack chains
When I first got @ I asked similar questions on the forum and the best advice was "DONT WORRY ABOUT IT".
@,s are unique they want to be ridden and ridden hard, don't bother about noises ,getting dirty etc. just ride the b****r and enjoy.
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old red eyes said:
Sounds like the chain is too tight, when I got my @ 2 months and 1000 miles ago I adjusted the chain as I would on my Hornet and got a similar noise, slackened it off and noise is gone.
Same here. Well, apart from the Hornet-bit :compress:
One "click" too many on the chain adjuster can make the difference between a fine running chain and worrying noises under engine-braking (not to be confused with engine breaking ;) )
 

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Yep,
Did the same with mine last weekend, back the chain adjusters off a bit and the noise dissappears.
It needs more slack than any bike I've ever come across before.
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the chain seems slack enough at about 3/4cm play, but i put the micron on, and this seems to have helped no end. oh by the way anyone know how to calculate km into miles? how many miles to a km or vice versa, whichever way its done?


cheers - rob
 

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If i remember correctly, you multiply kph by 5 and divide by 8 to convert to mph
 

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rob7 said:
the chain seems slack enough at about 3/4cm play, but i put the micron on, and this seems to have helped no end. oh by the way anyone know how to calculate km into miles? how many miles to a km or vice versa, whichever way its done?


cheers - rob
The chain wants to be a lot slacker than that. Sit on it and you'll notice the chain is like a guitar string. ON my RD03 I adjust the chain so that if I push it up it almost touches the black rubber part on the swinger.

On the stand it looks like the chain is hanging off it, but when I sit on it a lot of the slack is taken up and it's just right. That's not because I'm a Giant Haystacks either.
 

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sorry, thought i'd mentioned it somewhere that i was taught to sit on the bike and adjust chin according to my weight, it has 3/4 cm of play with me on it,

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rob7 said:
sorry, thought i'd mentioned it somewhere that i was taught to sit on the bike and adjust chin according to my weight, it has 3/4 cm of play with me on it,

rob
God I love spell checks and the rich English language. You can write that about your chin and still not have it picked up. Please no re- editing.
 

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I also had some "whirring engine noise under br(e)aking" on the Buell yesterday:


"Only" the 4th engine-mount in 3.5 years :confused3:
Seems I will be spending most of my time on the AT this summer :geek:
 

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"Only" the 4th engine-mount in 3.5 years :confused3:
Seems I will be spending most of my time on the AT this summer :geek:
:cyclopsani: the 4th???? Do you know the reason for breaking?
 

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:cyclopsani: the 4th???? Do you know the reason for breaking?
It's a Buell, they're meant to do that.
It's an undocumented feature :blackeye:

All the mounts I have seen broken had small air-pockets in them. My theory is that since I use my Buell for motorway use mainly (relative high revs for long periods of time with little variation) the poor quality material fails as a result of fatigue. I should say mine has done 44.000 miles now which may sound like "just-broken-in" in AT terminolgy but is normally considered "far-overdue-for-breaking-to-bits" in Buell-land. The engine itself is still in perfect condition oddly enough, zero oil consumption and less mechanical noises than my 42.000 miles AT.
After mastering many recalls, replacing other ill-designed parts and religiously avoiding Harley/Buell dealerships, this mount seems to be the last hurdle to durable reliability.

Meanwhile: do not try a Buell, you get hooked easily and then you are doomed & cursed forever :cherry:
 

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No doubt someone at Buell who reviewed the defect pointed to the documentation and said, 'where in the spec does it say that this part must not break?' ... or have I just been in IT too long :violent1:
 
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