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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-03-2011, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Greetings to all, I just purchased a 2011 Cross Country and just love the bike but have one question. After riding the bike for awhile if you stop and shift into neutral and let out the clutch the engine has a knocking sound or rattle in the engine, Pull the clutch in and it stops. Is this normal?

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If the noise is the same with the clutch pulled in while in gear as it is while you are in neutral it is normal. There's a lot of weight getting slung around in your engine that increases with the transmission engaged; you are going to hear noises. Gear noise is something you will never get away from -- it's almost better to get used to paying attention to the engine noise which sounds much more like a sewing machine.

People that have never rode a bike with a windshield or that have only rode bikes with minimal windshields are the most sensitive to the noises. Those people are usually the first in line to upgrade their exhaust. Which is fine; it keeps the exhaust companies in business.

If you are one of those people look for the D&D group buy post from CrossRoads; he is working to try to get a reduced price -- if enough people elect to join in the purchase the price reduction could be significant.

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Greetings to all, I just purchased a 2011 Cross Country and just love the bike but have one question. After riding the bike for awhile if you stop and shift into neutral and let out the clutch the engine has a knocking sound or rattle in the engine, Pull the clutch in and it stops. Is this normal?

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I am a new XC owner also. I have noticed the exact same issue that you described. I first noticed it as soon as I got home from picking up the bike. I was so concerned that I immediately called the dealer back. They didn't seem to know what I was talking about but said I should bring it back in. Problem is they are 60 miles away. I have still not gone back in but I have read on here that the noise we are hearing seems to be the throwout bearing in the clutch. I also read that this can be adjusted via the clutch cable at the engine. One thing I have noticed is that my bike doesn't always make the noise while in neutral. I don't understand that. I've decided that when I have the 500 mile service done I will address it then. I'm taking a little comfort in the fact that it seems to be very common. There are a couple of threads on it. One even has a video that sounds very much like mine. I wouldn't worry too much imo.

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Air / oil cooled V twins are noisy, no water jackets to dull the noise, clutch noise when pulled in is also noisy. If its really bad take it to your dealer but most is normal...

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Do a search you'll find many threads that will answer your question.

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Thanks for the answers, I appreciate it.
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Normal noise. When I bought my first Vic King Pin in 07 I had the same reaction. I called the dealer and complained. They said it was normal sounds. I now have a 2011 XC and same sounds. Gear driven primary makes lots of clatter noise but these engines are very strong. I just tell people it's the brass balls the bike has. Louder pipes help but just ride and enjoy you will get used to it.

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Just out of curiosity can anyone tell me why my bike doesn't always make the sound? This a.m. I started it up and no sound. Got to work...no sound. However when I got home this afternoon it was back. It didn't matter if I pulled in the clutch it not. It was still there. Now if I put it in gear it goes away every time. Thanks.

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Temperature of the day is one possible cause. The hotter it is the louder mine is. The only noise I haven't gotten used to is the sound like a loose tappet. Obviously this bike has no tappets as it's hydraulic lifters but that's the sound. Everything else I don' mind. It took awhile to get used to my last bike as well, it was very noisy, then one day I just didn't notice it anymore.
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