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I understand the 1100's just don't like to be lugged. This is getting out of hand though. If I let out the clutch from a stoplight and don't rev it to about 2500 or more, it makes that loud ratcheting sound like someone running their finger over a comb.



It would make me feel better if I knew it was normal, but seriously doubt it came from the factory acting like that. Randakk kit, numerous synchs, plugs etc etc. Rotella 15w40, new oil filter.



The bike has always done this, at least the year I've had it, but it seems to be getting more grumpy as time wears on.
 

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a friend of mine found a super nice 1100 ........... it sounded like it was going to throw a rod. found some different carbs and put them on..........problem gone.



there was something with those carbs we just could not figure out.



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It's that "screaming squirrel" again... Read THIS THREAD
 

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It does it regardless. Sounds like the transmission is going to grenade, like a loud ratcheting sound. Once revs get over around 2300, it goes back to it's normal rattle.

I pulled out from a parking lot attendant shack and I can only imagine what she must have thought as my bike drummed it's way out of there.

Zimmer, I know what you mean by the 'throwing a rod' sound, but it's not that. I fixed that issue with a Randakk rebuild.
 

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Carbs are cleaned and balanced? I've heard balancing makes the sound go away on some? I can pull out from a stoplight and not rev at all - no noises (a little gas so it doesn't stall, but just a little)
 

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Never owned an 1100, never heard that "squirrel", but is there any way that it may be spark ping--or is it coming from the clutch?
 

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It's coming from the transmission. You know those rumble strips on the highways? Sounds like that.


A carb synch doesn't seem to affect it as I've done several after the rebuild.

Maybe I can duct tape my digital camera to the bike and take some audio. Any way I can post that on here?
 

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chris in va wrote:
It's coming from the transmission. You know those rumble strips on the highways? Sounds like that.


A carb synch doesn't seem to affect it as I've done several after the rebuild.

Maybe I can duct tape my digital camera to the bike and take some audio. Any way I can post that on here?
and you checked the stator bolt. ? JB
 

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Couple years ago, my stator bolt came loose and broke right through the cover. Left me sit 2 hours from home. Before that I never heard it grinding, though.

Can the clutch make noises like that?
 
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