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Old 11-21-2013, 10:54 AM
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CLUTCH NOISE

I'm interested on opinion on what's considered excessive clutch noise. I have a slight tick to a soft grind in the clutch basket housing but when I engage the clutch noise completely goes away. I'm thinking weak springs causing friction plates to rub on clutch plates. Not sure. Any input is mucho aprecciatooo :-D
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:01 PM
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Interesting. I just recently noticed some noise on hard launches, it sounds like it's being stressed, I'm at 40k, and this just started. It's a quiet noise that I'm having trouble describing something like a light grind, but it's gone once the clutch is 3/4 of the way out. I'm simply attributing it to wear and old springs, I ride pretty hard so I may just have a worn clutch. I don't experience it in other gears, just on launch.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:10 PM
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Very interesting read. I really only hear mine in neutral with clutch disengaged. Once I engage to shift into first noise goes away.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:15 PM
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I must be dyslexic... I always thought the clutch was "engaged" when the lever was fully released and "disengaged" with the clutch lever pulled in.
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Maybe the clutch just needs bleeding? That's where I'd start anyway...
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by CrankenFine View Post


I must be dyslexic... I always thought the clutch was "engaged" when the lever was fully released and "disengaged" with the clutch lever pulled in.
Maybe he's saying when the clutch lever is engaged. 'Cause when the clutch lever is engaged, the clutch is disengaged, and vice versa.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:24 PM
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What you're hearing is natural clutch noise, IMHO. When your engine idles, especially twins, it's natural vibrations from the clutch. When you engage the clutch, it stops. I wouldn't worry about it at all.

Have you ever heard a Duc at a street corner ? He could be waiting for the light to turn green on the other side of the street, and I can hear his clutch clacking.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by 7moore7 View Post
Maybe he's saying when the clutch lever is engaged. 'Cause when the clutch lever is engaged, the clutch is disengaged, and vice versa.
Yes but when seeking technical answer we should state what's technically correct. So either I have it backwards or the OP does.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:33 PM
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I was being a smart-***. Technically speaking, you're correct, but in the words of Adam Savage, "I reject your reality and choose to substitute it with my own"
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:41 PM
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Lol ok let me clearify sorry . When the clutch lever is not touched or sqeezed I havw the noise. Once I sweeze the clutch lever the noise goes away.
And JackFlash your right. Duc are noisy as hell. Lol makes sense.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:43 PM
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Thanx all for the replies. My first superhawk and I'm excited!!
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by superhawk99 View Post
Lol ok let me clearify sorry . When the clutch lever is not touched or sqeezed I havw the noise. Once I sweeze the clutch lever the noise goes away.
In that case your SuperHawk acts just like mine.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:57 PM
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and thats normal for the hawk?
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:57 PM
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Old 11-21-2013, 04:11 PM
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Mine does the same, and I had the same initial reaction as this was my first hawk too.... "Oh s***, what is wrong."

No need to worry, it's natural... Mine does it, my dad's VFR does it, my sisters ninja does it.
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Old 11-21-2013, 04:34 PM
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Very good to hear!!! I was ready to drain oil and start digging lol
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:22 AM
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You should hear mine, I have removed the anti rattle gear from the primary drive, and manual CCTs.

Both of these add to engine noise from the Right hand side.when I first put the bike back together after these changes I was really worried that something was wrong.


Now 20,000Klms down the track I am used to it, however I have noticed that it gets worse if my carbs are out of sync. It does get quieter when the clutch is pulled.


I have heard louder noises coming from other Hawks and have accepted that our bikes are mechanically noisey.


On other forums I have read where others have replaced all sorts of things in relation to clutch noises only to have the noise return in a short period .


Lots say that loud pipes get rid of these noises.


A friend of mine said to me once that Ducati owners would pay a fortune for that noise, and that I was lucky to have it for free!!!
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