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Got a few question on some noises I'm hearing on my new bike. THe bike has just under 200 miles on it & the oil level is full when you hold the bike up level off the kickstand. The first is some rattling noises from the engine around 3000-3500 rpm. THe bike runs fine & doesn't overheat but just not sure if engine rattling is normal, sounds almost like a keychain rattling from vibration but a little louder. The other noise is from the front brakes. When you apply them you get a buzzing noise but only if you are moving, at a stop all I hear is a click when applied. Brakes seem to function fine, stop the bike no problem. I still have the original oil in the bike & the ambient temp has been high 90's to low 100's, would ity help on the engine noise to but a thicker oil in such as 20-50 or 10-50? THanks for the help.
 

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As they say in the Mafia TV shows, "Forget about it!"

You got oil, you got coolant; operating temp is o.k. and it runs right; best of all, it's under warranty!

Just ride that thing.
 

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Ok, sounds good to me. I can deal with the sounds, just wanted to be reassured that it's just the nature of the beast so-to-speak. Thanks for the quick reply. On a side note I'm really hoping the under 4000 rpm break in period goes by quick, wanna go ride on the trails but that takes freeway riding lol. I can handle the under 6000 rpm but this under 4 is killing me lol
 

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Not related to the noises but you might want to change the oil soon. The first few hundred miles put a lot of shavings into the oil with break in. Just some cheap maintenance. Have fun with it. I've had mine for just about 7 months and have loved every minute of riding it.


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Thinking of doing that soon. What weight would you recommend for the temps we are getting here (90's-100's)?
 

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I've found that the amount of extraneous noise my engine makes is dependent on how hot the engine gets. The other day I was out riding in 105-degree temps, moving relatively slowly on occassion to the point my temp gauge was hanging at the midway point and the fan kept kicking on. I noticed a lot more whirring, ticking, clattering sounds coming from the engine under these hotter conditions.

I use 15W-40 Rotella. 40W oil tops out at 104 degrees on the owner's manual chart for recommended oil weights/temperatures, if that really means anything. If it was this hot here all the time, I'd probably go with a 20W/50 oil in the Summer as recommended by that chart.

Under 4K RPM restrictions really suck, don't they?
 

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Thanks for the info & yes that 4k rpm really sucks!!!!!!! I think the 6k restriction will be ok when I get to it lol
 

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Clicking noise from brakes is probably the brake light turning on.

The buzzing and the engine rattle, no idea, sorry.

Break-in, http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm
Read link for some good info. And here is a good reason not to follow the manual's break in procedure...

Ninja 250 - 4k rpm for first 600 miles and 6k to 1000 miles redline is 13k and speeds are ~30 mph and ~45 mph at 4k and 6k rpms respectively

Versys - 4k rpm for first 600 miles and 6k to 1000 miles redline is 10.5k and speeds are ~45 and ~70 respectively

Klr650 - 4k rpm for first 600 miles and 6k to 1000 miles redline is 7.5k and speeds are ~60 and ~80 respectively

How is it that all 3 of these engines should follow the same break in procedure even tho every aspect of them is different?
 

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How is it that all 3 of these engines should follow the same break in procedure even tho every aspect of them is different?
While the engines may be of different design and characteristics, maybe the MOLECULES involved are essentially identical, broken-in safely in their inter-relationships by identical procedures.

Speculation only on my part.
 

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Well I went ahead & changed the oil & filter on the bike, milage was 213. little bit of shavings on the filter as well as the blue sealant all the pics show. Replaced filter with a K&N (only filter make for my bike in town lol) refilled with Castrol 4 cycle 10-40. Noises seem a bit quieter, could just be me though. Also cleaned & lubed the chain. Now to get past that pesky break-in period lol
 

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Got a few question on some noises I'm hearing on my new bike. THe bike has just under 200 miles on it & the oil level is full when you hold the bike up level off the kickstand. The first is some rattling noises from the engine around 3000-3500 rpm. THe bike runs fine & doesn't overheat but just not sure if engine rattling is normal, sounds almost like a keychain rattling from vibration but a little louder. The other noise is from the front brakes. When you apply them you get a buzzing noise but only if you are moving, at a stop all I hear is a click when applied. Brakes seem to function fine, stop the bike no problem. I still have the original oil in the bike & the ambient temp has been high 90's to low 100's, would ity help on the engine noise to but a thicker oil in such as 20-50 or 10-50? THanks for the help.
If it eases your mind, the buzzing noise you are hearing is most likely the sound of air rushing out of the vent holes of the disc right as they are about to be closed off by the pad, if that makes any sense. Which is totally normal.

My first few bikes had solid discs ( no vent holes, so they just went "sssssss" ) , so I noticed this "buzzing" noise when I took of with drilled rotors after a fork swap.

Definitely unnerving when you aren't sure what it is, but kinda a neat sound when you do know what it is.
 

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That last post is 4 years old. Lol. But good info to know. My bike got much quieter after switching to 20w50 as well as adjusting the headlight and the clutch lever. As I had buzzing coming from both areas.
 
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