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Y'all,
I recently bought a 2009 VN900 Classic. What a great bike!!! I do have one thing against this thing though. I hear a whining noise that I have been told by a mechanic that it is the tranny whining because the VN's have thick gears and there isn't anything they can do about it. Has anyone heard of that before? This noise sounds like to me it is an axle that is dry as the noise is very cyclic with the speed of the bike. I hear it when I am at about 35 and letting off the throttle the most and when I am slowing to a stop. Does anyone have any sort of idea of what this might be as this noise is driving me nuts? Thanks in advance for everything!!!
 

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That was the first thing I noticed when I first rode my 08 900 LT, but you get use to it.
 

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So with that I assume that this is the way it is supposed to be as opposed to something going wrong or needing an adjustment? Forgive me, I am definitely not a gear head.
 

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if it is belt tension it should be checked other than that give it a few miles or get some aftermarket pipes then you wont hear anything but rumble!!
 

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Well Conroy, I have had the belt checked and they say the tension is within specs and the Cobra Dragsters just shipped today. It appears you and I are thinking alike on this.
 

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Well Conroy, I have had the belt checked and they say the tension is within specs and the Cobra Dragsters just shipped today. It appears you and I are thinking alike on this.
SWEET!!!!! You will be set!Get some earplugs......your gonna need them on the highway!
 

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once the belt is set up properly (the kawasaki factory setting is to tight, or should i say comes from the factory tighter then other manufacturers) your whine will be gone.
 

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Ride4Life, on my 600 mile inspection I took it to a mechanic of my choice rather than the dealership as they seem like a bunch of nimwits (whereas this guy has a reputation in the racing industry), he did back it off to 1/2 inch slack. He also said that the factory setting, though within specs, is too tight for that tranny. Once he backed it off, it did reduce the noise but it didn't eliminate it. I had him check the axles (unfortunately my hearing is too damaged to tell where the sound is coming from, only that there is a sound somewhere) as it sounds like there is a dry axle but he said everything is lubed up o.k. From what it seems from others in this forum, this is normal noise and I'm just going to have to deal with it.
 

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I have had mine for three yrs now and I don't have this issue. Not sure what to advise this time.
 

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You didnt mention your mileage but being an 09, Its "barely" broke in. Change the oil and inspect it for flec. Id run 10w40 without any additives. So many riders think a little Lucas or Slick-50 in their oil enhances its effect. Not so! Enjoy those pipes :wink: "Quiet bikes suck"
 

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if ya do a search youll find hundreds of threads on this...vulcans make all kinds of strange sounds..just part of their charm........
 

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I've done one oil change since purchase and I have about 2700 miles on it. I put in synthetic oil...I don't remember the weight but it is what the owners manual calls for...and it has lessened it but it is still there. This appears to be part of the "charm" that badfinger is talking about. I can't say that charm is what I would call it but if it is a part of life and I can't do anything about it then I won't worry about it but if not, I am certainly open to ideas.
 

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I've done one oil change since purchase and I have about 2700 miles on it. I put in synthetic oil...I don't remember the weight but it is what the owners manual calls for...and it has lessened it but it is still there. This appears to be part of the "charm" that badfinger is talking about. I can't say that charm is what I would call it but if it is a part of life and I can't do anything about it then I won't worry about it but if not, I am certainly open to ideas.
i dont know if ya have this link or not...it contains a lot of very useful information for vulcan owners......
Gadget's Fixit Page For Kawasaki Nomad & Classic Modification Maintenance & Repair
 
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