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New owner with question
I read the posts on a "clunk" when you start moving from 1st gear, but what about a short grinding or vibration noise? I have a 1985 which only does it when starting out in first gear.(as you normally would) The wing has 51,000 miles and I had new wheel bearings, seals put in and the flang checked. The last owner never heard it and didn't abuse it, that's why I bought it from him. Could it be I'm not giving it enough throttle on take off? Or could it be some of the same issues as the clunk as others asked? Thank all.
#1 08-17-2008, 09:23 PM,
Welcome to the Site!! I'm not too sure what your problem is but others with more intelligence than I will be along shortly!!
1985 Limited Edition
#2 08-18-2008, 08:30 AM,
You're not revving it high enough. I was concerned about the same thing (used to riding a v-twin) and my buddy thought he had a clutch problem...These engines don't seem to like low rpms...Everything from the fairing to the tail light starts to shimmie if you're lugging the engine. Try twisting it a little more and see if your troubles don't go away.
Hope this helps,
#3 08-30-2008, 12:50 AM,
I've also got an 85 & mine will do also do the same when you don't give it enough rpm's when starting out. Its a pretty heavy bike to get moving. When you lug it, even at higher speeds, it will make the same noise. Just seems it does'nt like anything, say, under about 1800 rpm's or so.
#4 08-31-2008, 04:58 PM,
i have the same situation sometimes if i try to take off gently, and we all know how to cure that
1987 Aspencade 129K
1986 SEI 93K
2014 Tri-Glide HD 17K

#5 05-30-2009, 10:22 PM,
Crack the whip on her, She hate low RPM's on Take Off.
#6 05-31-2009, 07:30 AM,
I found a good rebuild on the carbs (as well as syncing em) made a world of difference in the low RPM range... I have far more torque and much smoother running engine now... It pulls really well all the way down to 1400 - 1500 RPM range... I don't nail the throttle while in the range, but it will cruise effortlessly and climb RPM's pretty good when needed... Once it hits 2200 RPM I can nail it if so desired... Right about 5000 RPM she really comes to life (oh yeah.!!) :evil: :evil: :evil:
Ed Zogg
#7 06-01-2009, 10:31 PM,
I also get the same funny noises if I am lugging it in OD - happens sometimes coming into a town Tongue . Hope everyone is having a great season so far. ------WngDng------
#8 06-02-2009, 05:49 PM,
Ya know, after reading the original post, I had a second thought... Possibly what you are hearing is clutch chatter... I had that happen one time when I had put an oil additive (STP) in the bike on one of its oil changes... This could have been done you your bike at one point (possibly by the PO)... I had to drain the oil and replace with new and then add a pint of MM oil as well... Drove the bike for about 30 miles and changed the oil (and filter) again... No more chatter issues since and the clutch grabs much better (for quick start offs) now days...
Ed Zogg
#9 06-03-2009, 04:52 AM,
Must be something wrong with mine, in 1st. I just ease the clutch out and away I go, no lugging, jumping, shaking,,, the only time it "lugs" in the least bit is below 2k in the top 2 gears, other than that it pulls smoothly from idle on up in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Check your carb sync. check your compression, etc, etc, had the same problem on my Magna... had to give it lots of gas off the line to get the bike moving.... found the carb linkage was messed up, bad plugs, etc etc....once I got it right it runs smoooooth as slik,,,, let the clutch out at idle and the bike smoothly takes off... my wing does the same.... soooooooo I suspect that if your wing needs lots of twist to get rolling your low end torque is missing..... or maybe I am just lucky..... I am so used to running at 6-7k on my smaller bike that I really enjoy cruising along at 2500-3500 in fifth.... its great....

enjoy.... remember the cagers are trying to kill you.... so ride accordingly, (like your invisible)

#10 06-07-2009, 07:49 PM,
I disagree, don't ride like you are invisible, instead, paint your bike yellow and let them know where you are at all times. :d :d :mrgreen:
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
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#11 07-09-2009, 08:03 PM,
admin Wrote:I disagree, don't ride like you are invisible, instead, paint your bike yellow and let them know where you are at all times. :d :d :mrgreen:
Who in their right mind would paint their 1200 yellow?
Oh, sorry Vic, didn't see you standing there..........maybe you should paint yourself yellow? :YMHUG:
#12 07-09-2009, 08:27 PM,

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