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Last night I was out on the rocket, and was driving down a road that has a centre median that is raised about 4 feet, basically the same sensation as riding next to a brick wall. The wall was on the left side. I did notice that i could hear a very loud ticking noise from the left hand side of the bike (i imagine the wall was reflecting the sound back). I cannot hear this noise at any other time. I figure it was the chain, but i've never noticed this on any other bike. Today i inspected it and lubed it. Everything looks OK - i do noticed that the top of the chain does not have a lot of clearane on top of the swing arm guard.

Any one else noticed this?
 

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With a bike this new and if your chain is properly adjusted and lubricated, I'd say there is nothing to worry about. If you've got a rear stand, put the bike on it and start the bike up and put it in gear. Shift it into 2nd and 3rd and slowly increase the throttle.....you'll hear some chain noise........that's normal unless you hear some serious clicking like a link is frozen up or something.
 

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I also hear the whine in 6 th gear I was wondering if this is normal and does anyone know what is causing it:cool:
 

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Rapid Red... the chain would appear to touch the swingarm guard on ANY new bike while on the sidestand. When you ride the bike....the swingarm goes up as well as the rear sprocket which in turn makes the chain ride higher than it would parked on the sidestand. The gear whine in high gear is normal for this bike as was stated in many of the magazine articles.
 

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I also hear the whine in 6 th gear I was wondering if this is normal and does anyone know what is causing it:cool:
I have whine in 6th gear too. It sounds like a straight cut gear to me, but it's just not quite loud enough for me to believe that's what it actually is. Unless 6th gear is cut on a different angle than the rest of the gearbox?? :confused:

Someone smarter than me will figure it out :)
 

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The gears in this type transmission are all straight cut, except maybe the primary gears. For some reason some gear pairs are quiet and some are loud. I wouldn't be surprised if the later 09s eventually lose the whine, after Yamaha sees enough of the complaints in the forums.
 

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I'm betting all the gears are straight cut



From the UK website
You can also check Yamahas Microfish on the USA website - but I like the picture best
 

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Ah... That answers that. It's definitely not as ear-splitting as the straight-cut gearboxes I'm used to... Lol. Thanks for enlightening me.
 

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The only time I've had mine in 6th gear, I was at about 130 MPH and I couldn't hear anything over the wind noise....even with molded ear plugs in.
 
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Did you hit the speed limiter yet?
I will on Saturday.....I'm doing a track day at Road Atlanta. The back straightaway coming out of T7 is long enough to see approx. 175MPH on a liter bike, so I'm sure the FZ will top out long before 10 A/B
 
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TO solve the problem install a loud exhaust! My fz6 was so quite it freaked me out, I could hear the chain and even the brakes, got used to it, no problem on the FZ9. Still hear the chain and brakes just does not bother me any more
 
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