Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Lee's Summit, MO
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I'll do my best to explain what happened yesterday and hope someone can give me somewhere to start looking...
Midway through my ride yesterday my bike began to buzz/vibrate/feel rougher than normal. It was like a light switch, instant, not slowly developing. Just from normal to rough. I pulled over and checked the bike over. Wheel weights were in place, brakes, rear sets, tires all seemed tight. Throughout the rest of the ride it never got worse, but never got better. I can feel it all through the bike. Bars, pegs, seat, etc. It appears to be engine based because when the clutch is pulled in the roughness drops with the RPMs and she'll coast smooth as always. Release the clutch, it comes back. Lugging the engine in 6th and rolling on the throttle results in a rougher engine note than I'm used to. As I'm riding, I can't detect any extreme noises, or abnormalities. Once home, I put her up on the stand, and started the engine. Again, engine note sounds a little rougher/less crisp than normal. Can't hear any excessive rattles, bangs, clatters, etc from the engine. She never ran hotter then normal. I rode a good 50-60 miles after it began in order to get home. I'm thinking if some broke, it would have left me on the side of the road by then.
I've got her apart and am going to begin looking for loose brackets, or anything external. Also going to dump the oil and see what it looks like. I'm stumped as to my next step.
Anyone have any thoughts or directions as to where to look?
"Like a junkie trying to get his hands on the next fix,
those of us who seek the thrill of speed and danger will
do anything to get those glands pumping out that juice."