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    Ding or Clunk sound when accelerating on 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears

    I have a brand new 2018 MT-09 with about 400 miles on it. Right from the beginning, I have observed a faint but audible ding or clunk sound when I accelerate from 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears. The sound sometimes comes when accelerating in 4th too but it is very faint. Also, I have noticed that when I first start the motorcycle, I don't get this sound..only after I ride it for about 5 minutes is when I start getting it.

    I am not sure if this is normal and where exactly the sound is coming from. I believe it is coming from somewhere near the tank or where the tank and steering interface.

    Requesting inputs from my fellow riders on this.

    Some info that may be useful: The dealer told me that the motorcycle had some scratches on the tank so they replaced it before selling it to me.

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    I don’t know about a ding or clunk but before I put on a APE cam tensioner I could hear a rattle coming from the tank/steering area while accelerating in the first couple gears after that the wind is too loud to hear if it was still making the noise

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    Are you using the clutch? Possible something lose under the tank? Try riding the the bike without a helmet, maybe in a parking lot and see if you or a helper can hear it. Adjust the chain. Check the oil level. Does it clunk/ding when you down shift? Good luck, it should not clunk.
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    Brand new and dropped already?...scratches on the tank?? I would be taking it back and letting them sort it out...suggest thsat since it was 'dropped' at the show room there must be something loose under the tank they replaced. Dont take any crap from them either...they all do not do it.
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    Thank you for your responses. I did ride a little without a helmet and it is still difficult to figure out the exact source of noise. However, I did notice that the noise only starts after about a minute or two of riding. I will have to take it to the dealer, that's the only way out I see now.

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    Can you get another owner to ride it?

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    Maybe loose steering stem bearings?
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    Quote Originally Posted by superslomo View Post
    Maybe loose steering stem bearings?
    Thanks, but that doesn’t seem to be the issue since the noise is only limited to the first 4 gears at low rpms and speeds below 35

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    Quote Originally Posted by JM00JM View Post
    Can you get another owner to ride it?
    Sure, that would be great.
    If there is anybody in or around Savannah,GA who can take it for a spin, please let me know!

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    As of now, the closest thing I’ve found online is probably this thread:
    https://www.fz09.org/forum/34-yamaha...2nd.html?amp=1
    I really hope my issue is similar to the one in this thread.

    I’ll be taking it to a nearby Yamaha dealer this weekend (not the one I bought it from, because that’s 150 miles away in Jacksonville FL)

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