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When I hit about 5600-5700 RPMs, I get this one wierd metallic noise... I dont know how to describe it any better than that... It stops when I get to about 6000... Anyone know what it is?
 

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Something loose?
 

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I've checked almost everywhere I can think of... hmm... I wonder if it could be a fairing... I've had a suspicion that one of my rears has a stripped bolt...
 

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One of your rear whats has a stripped bolt?
The EX does have a rough spot in the RPM band around there. I remember it from my wife's old EX, but I can't yet rev my new one past 4,000. It's probably nothing, but the best way to isolate and identify it is to borrow a half-shell helmet that leaves the ears exposed thus (the dork, not the dog):

Then see if you can tell if the noise is coming from one side more than the other while you're riding at that rpm. There is a natural buzz at that rpm that you can't really solve, but it may be something loose is also vibrating at that rpm, and is therefore amplifying the usual buzz.
If you haven't already, take a close look at all exhaust hardware and clamps. Also extend and inspect the center stand. I lost a rubber damper from my W650's centerstand that usually rested against the exhaust joiner at the rear. At a very narrow rpm range it made a horrible noise, because the vibrations were just enough overcome the centerstand's return-spring.
Good luck and let us know how it goes.
-CCinC (proud owner of a cherry '02 red EX500 myself now...and going to break 500 miles on the odo tomorrow so I can rev her past 4,000 rpm.)
 

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sorry, I meant rear fairing... Too tiredto type properly :p I'll look it over tomorrow when I'm stripping decals off and putting my new ZX-5R decals on.
 

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LOL....Chris....Great picture! :)

Congrats on your new bike! Maybe you could have the dog snap a few pictures and post them so we can drewl with you. :)

Welcome back!
 
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