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Hello all,

I recently observed a high pitch noise when I am riding at approx. 3k rpm. I am not sure if it's always been there because I also recently attached a mra xcreen spoiler and made my rides with a lot less noise and wind effects. Anything below that range or above, it disappears-- just the humming of the engine. No idiot lights are on at all times. It sounds like it's coming from the somewhere near the radiator immediately below the gas tank. I check before each ride to see if anything is loose, particularly the radiator guard and the crash bars. I am inclined to bring it to the dealer soon.

Has anyone experience something like this? If so, what was it and how did you resolve it?

thanks!
 

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Welcome to the world of cowling buzz. You'll find it affects most of us on these forums and there are a myriad of ways to try and fix it.
 

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Is it in all gears? I notice my 3rd gear whines quite loudly, while the rest don't...
No, if I remember correctly, it IS 3rd gear because once I shift to 4th on up, the noise is gone. Same is true when I'm in 1st and 2nd, just the engine.

Have you had this for a while? What year is your V and how long have you had it?
 

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No, if I remember correctly, it IS 3rd gear because once I shift to 4th on up, the noise is gone. Same is true when I'm in 1st and 2nd, just the engine.

Have you had this for a while? What year is your V and how long have you had it?
2011, had it almost 2 years now, 10k miles. It's had the 3rd gear whine since mile 1, and I don't mind it any more because it let's me know which gear I'm in if i lose track. Is your noise more of a whine/moan, something metallic vibrating, or..?
 

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2011, had it almost 2 years now, 10k miles. It's had the 3rd gear whine since mile 1, and I don't mind it any more because it let's me know which gear I'm in if i lose track. Is your noise more of a whine/moan, something metallic vibrating, or..?
It's more of a whining/moaning sound... I don't believe it's anything mechanical, just don't want anything falling off on the highway.

Thanks for your input btw. Its a comfort to an extent that it's not my baby whose alone in this ailment. I'll keep looking and observing and will post update.
 

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2011, had it almost 2 years now, 10k miles. It's had the 3rd gear whine since mile 1, and I don't mind it any more because it let's me know which gear I'm in if i lose track. Is your noise more of a whine/moan, something metallic vibrating, or..?
I have noticed the same wine on mine - since brand spanking new, and here comes the weird and strange with the noise:
I have found it to be significantly louder/more present when riding in rain! :eek:
I think it's coming somewhere from inside the gearbox, that's why I am puzzled that it changes when riding when water is spraying on the outside of the motor...
I am NOT joking!
 

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I have the same issues as well. I have reinforced what ever there is on the fairing and all to "cushion" the vibrations against the plastics bits.

I also dismmantled the housing of the meter cluster and reinforced what ever there is possible, still no use.

It remains a mystery for me as well. the 3K region of the RPM.

I have since given up trying to look for this mystery noise. Just ride and turn a deaf ear on this. Sigh. Oh, the vibration of the bike is also another thing. This bike vibrates a lot.

When washing my bike some times I will detect a loose screw or nut.
 

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I'll listen to mine ASAP at 3K in 3rd gear... It's probably just a harmonic whine that makes it sing such a song.
 

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LOL You must be hearing your drive chain then, or your tire treads channeling water?
No, definitely not. I have changed both tires and chain, but the noise is the same...
To me it has a "metallic source", like worn gearbox shaft bearing gives, or the whine on first gear in a car from the fifties. But why does it change when it is raining???
 

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Probably normal gear noise

My 2011 has always has more gear whine in 3rd gear. Also primary gear whine when cruising between 50 and 60 mph. Most motorcycles use straight cut gears which are efficient but noisy. In days gone by we did not notice it much because of the much louder exhaust and valve train noisy the old motorcycle had covered up the gear noise. Also a windshield that reduces wind noise allows one to notice the gear noise more.
 

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Like I thought, mine does not emit any gear whine noise at all in any gear and at any rpm... What mileage are you at? What oil do you use, and what level is it at?
 

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Like I thought, mine does not emit any gear whine noise at all in any gear and at any rpm... What mileage are you at? What oil do you use, and what level is it at?
I noticed this at around 3.5K miles, I have about 4.5K now. I use regular oil not synthetic. I clean and lube my chains between 400-500 miles religiously. Chain adjustment perhaps?
 

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You have sufficient chain slack? Noise pitch and intensity is steady, at 3000 rpm in 3rd gear?
What kind and grade of regular oil, exactly?
 

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You have sufficient chain slack? Noise pitch and intensity is steady, at 3000 rpm in 3rd gear?
What kind and grade of regular oil, exactly?
Chain slack seems ok approx. 3/4 inch (always been like that ever since-I check it before rides), noise consistent at 3000 rpm, between 3rd and 4th, mostly 3rd gear. oil kawasaki 10w40 as per manual.
 
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