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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-08-2018, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Noise while riding

Now that I've had a chance to ride my new to me bike some, I'm starting to notice this noise that occurs when slowing down while in gear, it also occurs when you are maintaining speed.


While moving, If I pull the clutch in, the noise goes away. Let the clutch out and the noise returns.

Its hard to describe what the noise sounds like.

Any ideas? Chain is adjusted and lubed.

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Mine occasionally makes sort of a car alarm warble type noise when slowing down in gear, usually when running in low rpms. Not sure if that describes it very accurately, but it's all I can think of really. It's not really loud or anything. At first I just thought it was harmonics playing with the engine noise bouncing around my helmet, but I've heard it several times.

Only thing I've thought of is that I haven't fully engaged the gear and it's just slightly in limbo, but I really don't know.

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I think what your hearing is gear/chain whine-I noticed it in the first mile of leaving the dealer-no amount of chain lube- wheel alignment- checking chain slack or different engine oil did any thing--I have owned bikes that have made some noise like this but this bike just makes more noise than others and after 7,000 miles it's the same

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Gear chain whine sounds like an appropriate description. I'm going to try and record the sound this weekend.

I can live with it if its 'normal'. This bike is new to me and just trying to decide if its something needs fixing or not.

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the versys is so quiet an smooth that you hear everything (including the trans whine and chain whine) its normal

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Mine makes a whine sound when slowing down with the throttle off. Pull in the clutch and the whine goes away.

I really don't think it is chain related. The sound reminds me of a bad bearing whine and seems to be worst in the vibration zone RPM range of around 4k to 5k.

Wish I knew someone with a V-650 so I could ride it for a comparison.

Oil change is coming up in about 500 miles. Think I will send a sample to Blackstone Labs for analysis. It it is a bearing noise they will be able to tell by what metal particles they find in the oil.

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After an enjoyable 60 mile ride today, need to update my description of the noise. It does sound like drivetrain whirring.

The sound actually occurs when under light throttle or accelerating. If you roll the throttle closed while moving, the sound goes away. The sound also goes away if you pull in the clutch while moving.

So....just normal drivetrain noise?

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Time for a confession. Father I have sinned. Blaming a bearing for making noise when it actually was indeed the chain and sprockets.

Wow I feel better already.

Here is the link to the full confession...Lol. Prices included.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...sprockets.html
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I'm hearing this noise as well on my 16 v-650, only has 2000 miles on it. The bike is still under manufacturers warranty, would this be covered?
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I get that as well. It seems to get a bit louder as my chain gets looser.
For the heck of it check your slack. But sounds normal to me.
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My previous five bikes were all shaft drives so I had forgotten the chain whine from all the bikes before that. My 15' Versys has a chain whine but nothing wrong with it.
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Usually I operate my smoky chainsaw and old lawn mower before my rides. The Versys is a quiet beast in comparison.
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