Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Model: none at present
The loud whine in OD is a common problem, I believe it is caused by the use of straight cut gears instead of helical gears for top gear. Straight cut gears are stronger.
The "clutch rattle" is common to many bikes. I still don't know what causes it, my Vulcan 750 has done it since new, and 70,000 miles later, still does, but it has never caused a problem.
While there were several reports of cracking with the early 1800 aluminum frame, I have not heard of an issue with the 1500. If it is cracked, it will need to be welded, but first make sure it is an actual crack in the metal, and not just a paint flaw. A line in the paint can look a lot like a crack. Is there any rust around it? if it really is a crack, the paint will also be cracked, and water will be able to get to bare metal, which will usually cause a rusty spot right away. Can you post a picture of it? If you are not absolutely certain it is a crack, take a Dremel with a polishing wheel, and remove the paint from the area, so you can get a better look at it. If it is cracked, it will have to be welded, and the paint touched up anyway.
That is a beautiful bike BTW, I love that red color.
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