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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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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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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.
Well I gues I'm glad to hear that my engine is not the only one that has that loose tappet noise, that I also haven't gotten used to. I keep telling my self maybe this is the sewing machine noise that everyone talks about. But the loose tappet is a better description of what I hear. If anyone else wants to make a comment on this noise, please do. If its normal I'll Psych my self not to hear it any more.:ltr:
 

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Mines got the whine too lol but after dozens of bikes you get used to the noises.
I hear you on the whine noise, that I just accept as the nature of the engine, its that lose tappet noise that still gets me. But like I said once I convince myself its normal I probably won't hear it any more. Like WilCon76 said his noise gets louder as engine gets hotter. Same with mine, when I first start up, and letting the engine warm up theres no noise, after it warms up it starts ticking and stays till I shut her down. But I'm realy not to worried about it, for as you said I' probably get used to it. Its just eases my mind to know that other X/C are making this noise, since I'm new to Victory's.
 

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A lot of guys say Amsoil helps with engine noise, I would love to try it but in the UK it is over $110 a gallon!!!!
Using Amsoil 10W-40 now, use and used it in my other bikes. Going to try Amsoil 20W-50 to see if that helps any just for an experiment. Some say its better in the Summer when temps are hot.
 

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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'm new here, just signed up about 5 minutes go. But I have the same bike. This Saturday will be three weeks since I bought it. What you are hearing they tell me it's normal. I been told this by other Victory riders as well as the tech's at the dealership. This was completely new to me? I'm told it's the "torque compensator"? I'm not sure what a torque compensator is or does? But I've asked this same question on several different forums and get the same answer each time so I gotta go with "it's normal"..thumb up
 

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A lot of guys say Amsoil 20 / 50 helps with engine noise, I would love to try it but in the UK it is over $110 a gallon!!!!
Have that oil in mine right now. It did not help with the ticking noise, in fact it now has other noises that I didn't hear before. I quit worrying about the engine noises or the transmission clunks. I just ride the hell out of it.
 

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I'm new here, just signed up about 5 minutes go. But I have the same bike. This Saturday will be three weeks since I bought it. What you are hearing they tell me it's normal. I been told this by other Victory riders as well as the tech's at the dealership. This was completely new to me? I'm told it's the "torque compensator"? I'm not sure what a torque compensator is or does? But I've asked this same question on several different forums and get the same answer each time so I gotta go with "it's normal"..thumb up
Howdy and welcome!

This is the first time I've heard someone say it's the torque compensator but it does make sense that it would in fact be it since the sound goes away when in gear and under a load; even if it's a small load with the clutch pulled and in gear.

Victory may engineer this annoying sound out of the engine in future years but for 2011; I think we are stuck with it unless the way they fix this can be retrofit to earlier models. I hope so.

For now; I'm just glad it doesn't annoy me like it does some folks.

cheers

PS: The torque compensator helps make gear changing and take off's smoother.
 

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Thanks for the reply Bob. It worried me at first, but after hearing that there's others doing it I'm just gonna ride it ;) When I started to ask the technician about a noise that I had noticed, he chimed in and described it to a tee. Said not to worry, it was normal. Some, he said, were louder than others. I had no idea what a torque compensator was? But it sounded technical enough for me...lol.
I'm loving the XC! Once I get the buffeting addressed I'll REALLY love it!!! I got a template off the VMC to make some fork lowers, mounted with the Memphis Shades brackets. Along with a Cee Dragon w/s, and I should be set. I'll get some of the bar chaps before colder weather get here. I'm looking forward to learning as much about these bikes as possible.

Chuck
 
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