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350 J Platform / Re: Rattling noise in these motors??
« Last Post by SteveThackery on Today at 03:15:29 pm »
The topic is slowly drifting. It started out as a knock from the drive to the balance shaft, and now it is a rattle that sounds like dragging a chain behind you.

I want to emphasise that the balancer knock is a normal feature of the engine, not a fault. Personally I dislike it but I can't change it, so I live with it.

It is important that we don't assume every noise or rattle is balancer knock. There are many other possible sources, and some might be the first signs of excessive wear (for example, a worn big-end will also produce a heavy knock) or other serious fault.

So, if your engine is making unwanted noises, please don't assume it is balancer knock and dismiss it. It could be something completely different, and it could be important.
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Campfire Talk / Re: YouTube suggestions?
« Last Post by GlennF on Today at 03:11:40 pm »
The drumming in the last 3 or 4 minutes of this clip is pretty mad ...

https://youtu.be/EotEtBc4cSE?feature=shared&t=302
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Bullet Iron Barrel / Re: E-10
« Last Post by grahampaul on Today at 03:01:46 pm »
Ok,thanks all.will change the fuel pipe and fit a filter.now i am wondering if the carbs ok with it. an amall, not standard and looks huge and older than the bike.it has a tickler for priming an a choke cable.had something like it on a 500 .triumph years ago.
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350 J Platform / Re: Clicking noise when applying rear brake
« Last Post by gzrfox on Today at 02:54:35 pm »
Please don't be offended. I'm not having a go at you, but I think you are expecting too much in the way of refinement from what is a pretty low cost, budget motorcycle.

Yeah if a 22 year old, '96 Transalp gave me less worrisome noises I really must say I expected better from a brand new motorcycle, cheap or not. Maybe that is indeed my fault.
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350 J Platform / Re: First longer(ish) ride impressions (meteor 350)
« Last Post by wspollack on Today at 02:52:48 pm »
For the record, my $17,000 Kawasaki Vaquero came with a seat my wife could sit on for 10 minutes. I bought an $800 Mustang before she would ride. Same thing with my $8000 VN900. Stock cruiser pillions suck.
Accommodations for my wife over the years:

1) "Ultimate Seats" replacement passenger backrest, to improve the angle, making a pretty good stock setup on a 2000 Valkyrie very good.

2) Custom one-off backrest on a Givi topcase, on a 2007 Burgman 650 scooter. I bought a Harley clone backrest, and then a local upholsterer went to work on it, adding high-density foam, shaping, and new coverings. (The hard, wrongly placed, backrest pad that Givi supplies is worse than nothing.

3) Nothing needed to be done for the 2012 Victory -- already very good for the passenger.

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350 J Platform / Re: Clicking noise when applying rear brake
« Last Post by Ivy on Today at 02:46:28 pm »

These bikes require quite a lot of noise cancelling... ears it seems.


Please don't be offended. I'm not having a go at you, but I think you are expecting too much in the way of refinement from what is a pretty low cost, budget motorcycle.
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350 J Platform / Re: First longer(ish) ride impressions (meteor 350)
« Last Post by gzrfox on Today at 02:29:39 pm »
Just a outside question, Anyone know why most all new bikes are single seaters ?

That was my gripe as well when searching for a new bike. Pretty much every single one is terrible for a pillion, barring very, very few and most of those are quite up there in size and engine capacity.
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350 J Platform / Re: Rattling noise in these motors??
« Last Post by gzrfox on Today at 02:27:57 pm »
Sorry to resurrect this thread but I also have this rattle and cannot, for the life of me find out where it's coming from. The valves are set spot on, chain is adjusted, cleaned and lubed regularly, I checked and tightened every bolt around, tried holding on to various stuff (whatever I can actually hold while riding) like the headlight or the plastics, still that rattle is there. I've recently changed the oil to Motul 7100 fully synthetic and changed the spark plug as well.
If I pull the clutch it goes away and doesn't seem to do this while not under load although it sorta appears at certain RPM while on the stand albeit not as pronounced. The bike works fine otherwise but the rattle is quite annoying, sounds like I'm dragging a small chain behind the bike and I've been wondering whether anyone found the source.

Also, the bike seems to have developed a more jerky throttle response regardless of the gear it's in (checked and tightened the cable as needed) lately as well although I'm not sure it's related.
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Campfire Talk / Re: E-Bike developments
« Last Post by Richard230 on Today at 02:14:33 pm »
Yesterday on both the radio and TV news, it was reported that the "Biden Administration" is handing out grants totaling $1.7 billion USD to U.S. EV manufacturers in order to assist them in improving their products.  The list of EV vehicles included cars, trucks, busses and "motorcycles". Later in the evening another report regarding this grant mentioned that the money would be going to a number of states in the middle of the country, however no company in California would be getting any of the cash. With regard to motorcycles, that pretty much means that any federal grant money would be going only to H-D's LiveWire brand as the only other U.S. electric motorcycle brand is Zero and they are based in California, with most of their bikes being assembled in the Philippines.
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650 Interceptor & Continental GT / Re: Bridgestone BT46 Tire Review
« Last Post by agagliardi on Today at 02:12:18 pm »
Only 1000 miles on Michelins. I can only praise the ride and stability. Stock size
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