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Buzz After Drop

5500 miles on my 3 1/2 month old 650 LT and I dropped it on the left side in a parking lot a couple of hours ago. Thanks to my SW Motech engine guard, the only damage is a few scratches on one pannier.

Although the physical damage is slight, I know have a very noticeable buzz between 4000 & 5000rpm. It occurs on both acceleration and deceleration. Proir to the drop, my LT was very smooth.

Has anyone ever had this happen? Could a drop have tweaked the frame??
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I don't think it was because you dropped it. That buzz is very, very normal on these bikes. Mine has it and it drives me crazy. I wear ear plugs and that helps coping with the noise. I took the frond end apart and added foam tape all around, but it did not fix the problem and probably made it worse.
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You probably just didn't notice it before, but after dropping your bike you started listening for things. I get a buzz at certain rpms on mine as well.
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You probably just didn't notice it before, but after dropping your bike you started listening for things. I get a buzz at certain rpms on mine as well.
Yeah, I'm afraid there's really only two fixes:

a) take your finger off the Anal Retentive button, or try not to push it so often.

b) trade/sell/buy another bike so you can practice a) some more.

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check around the top of the fairing near the dash area ... there are some self tightening plastic fasteners (rivets) that may have become loose ... replace em, they are a cheap fix. Even though the crash bars and bags saved the bike, a heavy jolt moves everything else....

And as I flipped into 6th, I could not remember a damn thing she said ....
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I gotta tell ya, my finger is always on this button, regardless of what I am riding or driving ... LOL , it drives my better half nuts.

And as I flipped into 6th, I could not remember a damn thing she said ....

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Mine gen 2 has a definite buzz at 5k. Just means you have to go faster
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I don't think it was because you dropped it. That buzz is very, very normal on these bikes. Mine has it and it drives me crazy. I wear ear plugs and that helps coping with the noise. I took the frond end apart and added foam tape all around, but it did not fix the problem and probably made it worse.
I was in a hurry when I typed my original post. The buzz I'm referring to is not sound, it is a buzz felt through the bars, foot pegs, and gas tank. It was not present before I dropped it.

I know the buzz you're talking about. I had it in my 2009. I did the same as you and used foam to get rid of it.

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I've been on the road all day touring a fair hunk of Texas. The only time I've ever dropped a bike has been when I've been on a trip with people around to gawk. Guess history is just determined to repeat itself. LOL.

A couple of hours ago I gased up and lo and behold, I heard the buzz up front that I remember from my 2009... so never mind my last statement about not hearing anything. Maybe that buzz is being transmitted through my bars and foot pegs. Hard to believe it could be that strong but it's looking that way. If that's the case, it'll be an easy fix. Will go in the front with foam tape whenI get back.

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