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Squeal On Engine startup ?

I have over 4000 miles on my x300, it spends a lot of time at 9000rpm on my commute to work.

It has a fairly random odd noise on startup sometimes. Only happens when engine is cold.

It sounds like belt squeal on a car, it’s very brief, for like a second or two, just as the engine catches. It only happens very randomly. First time it happened it worried me, but bike has run a couple of thousand miles since then without any issues or any noticeable change in the engine performance or anything else.

Anyone come across something similar or have experience if this noise on a Ninja or X300 etc ?

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Here are the many different sounds that you might hear from a bad starter:

High-pitched screeching noise
Intermittent whirring sound
​Loud clicking sound
Grinding noise

Sometimes, you won’t hear a sound at all. Turning the key and not hearing the familiar cranking sound might be a starter problem, assuming that the battery is strong and the terminals are clean and tight as a drum.

Check starter or battery, just to start with..
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Thanks for that. I never thought about the starter. I’m familiar with the last 3 of those, but never heard one squeal. I’ll have a chat with the dealership as it’s still under warranty.
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