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Picked up a used 2010 XCT 3 months ago and I like the bike except they high sounding whine noise that comes from the engine.

1) Can someone tell me what is causing this?

2) And can someone tell me if there's a way to mitigate or stop the noise (besides buying a new bike or replacing the engine)?

Thanks!!
 

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You didn't tell us how many miles are on the bike. If less than 3,000 its still breaking in and will eventually get quieter. The primary case is full of gears and they are somewhat noisier than a chain, but nowhere near the hassle. I only hear the whine when idling and that doesn't bother me at all.
 

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YES as RICZ says its the primary drive being gears,
stronger but noisier,
I like the whine myself, sounds tuff like a blower.
 

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Picked up a used 2010 XCT 3 months ago and I like the bike except they high sounding whine noise that comes from the engine.

1) Can someone tell me what is causing this?

2) And can someone tell me if there's a way to mitigate or stop the noise (besides buying a new bike or replacing the engine)?

Thanks!!
Welcome to the mayhem.

Couple of things, cause I hate to see people taken. I hope there is a typo there because 12 was the first year of the XCT, maybe a XC dressed out. Kind of splitting hairs but cosmetics aren't the only difference, even though the rest are pretty minor and some done away with in a hurry.
Second, like rick said some whine a bit when new but not too bad. After getting off a Wing, I really didn't notice it much. I would say normal, but concern has been raised.
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Apologies, it's a Cross Country, not an XCT...

Welcome to the mayhem.

Couple of things, cause I hate to see people taken. I hope there is a typo there because 12 was the first year of the XCT, maybe a XC dressed out. Kind of splitting hairs but cosmetics aren't the only difference, even though the rest are pretty minor and some done away with in a hurry.
Second, like rick said some whine a bit when new but not too bad. After getting off a Wing, I really didn't notice it much. I would say normal, but concern has been raised.
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I was quite shocked myself at how much extra noise the direct drive makes. I've have timing gears on cars before. I thought the bike would be quieter but it's basically just as loud.
 

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Its also possible the silencer was removed from the air filter. That noise is a little whiny, maybe whistley describes it better (I don't even know if that's a word). Either way, you get use to it.
 

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I was quite shocked myself at how much extra noise the direct drive makes. I've have timing gears on cars before. I thought the bike would be quieter but it's basically just as loud.
nowhere near as loud as the straight cut timing gears on hot rods running around here, no way would I tolerate that sort of whine for long.
 

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Picked up a used 2010 XCT 3 months ago and I like the bike except they high sounding whine noise that comes from the engine.

1) Can someone tell me what is causing this?
Thanks!!
Hell that's easy- it's all those ponies in there :D
 
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