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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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Engine noise at 45 RPM

I have an FLTRU 2011 and just went over 1500 miles. Lately I have noticed a sort of rattle at only certain speeds. The worst is from 40 to 50 miles per hour in 5th gear.

Anyone ever had this problem before? If you did, is it normal or what did the dealer say?

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I have an FLTRU 2011 and just went over 1500 miles. Lately I have noticed a sort of rattle at only certain speeds. The worst is from 40 to 50 miles per hour in 5th gear.

Anyone ever had this problem before? If you did, is it normal or what did the dealer say?

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40 MPH in fifth gear sounds like you might be bogging it down? I don't shift in to 5th until at least 55 to 60 MPH.


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That sounds way to slow to be in 5th gear.


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I'll never go lower than 2000 rpm from third gear and up. 55-60 mph when I usually go to the fifth. I never let my bike "stomping" at low rpm's.

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Correct me if im wrong guys, but arent the 5th and 1st gears cut differently, causing them to make more noise? Aside form RPM, this may have alot to do with the noises your hearing.
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thanks guys

The dealership took off the primary and checked and re-tightened everything. It was odd that i had just had my 1000 mile check up. I went with Full Synthetic oil. The service mgr suggested I go back to Normal Harley oil in the primary ... the said it is thicker? Anyway a Master Tech is going to sign it off tomorrow I hope, and I am off to Florida on Sunday.

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So, you all keep your RPM's up there huh? To my ear 2000 is a shift point I try to keep above it, but never really worried about it. Higher is better on a harley?

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Everyone loves to listen to harleys chug along. Especially at idle. I was on a ride with a CMA chapter on a narrow two lane backroad. I was in third gear, motoring along at speeds ranging 45 to 55. Everyone thought my bike sounded awesome. The rpm was up and I didn't wear my brakes much. Need to slow, let off the throttle and slow down.
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So, you all keep your RPM's up there huh? To my ear 2000 is a shift point I try to keep above it, but never really worried about it. Higher is better on a harley?

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2k is way to low to shift. I usually shift at 3k or higher depending on how much I'm into the throttle. At 45 mph, I'm only in 3rd or maybe 4th gear. I don't hit 5th until at least over 55-60mph.

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Ditto on the above. Have always shifted around 3000 rpm.
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