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Author Topic: 2006 Stratoliner - Transmission noise  (Read 1106 times)

Rusty

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2006 Stratoliner - Transmission noise
« on: March 09, 2017, 08:01:01 AM »
Hello - new to Forum - I traded up to the Stratoliner a few days ago - wonderful bike! 24,000 miles, all stock. Dealer knew the owner and bike was maintained regularly (I have copies of routine maintenace. Did not notice a noise coming from transmission on test drive but do now. I do not think this is the 3rd gear problem I have been reading about as it is there in all gears. More noticeable after warming up and when bending over (parked!) with ear close to the ground, it is there in idle and very noticeable. It seems to change in sound - for example - 5th gear, cruising, any RPM, it rattles and changes pitch. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!




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Re: 2006 Stratoliner - Transmission noise
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2017, 06:27:28 PM »
Hello Rusty.....Welcome from Southern Maine !!!!!
 Anyway you can record / GoPro the noise and post it for us to hear ?
Frank
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Re: 2006 Stratoliner - Transmission noise
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2017, 06:49:05 PM »
Thanks for the reply - I have tried a few times with my iPhone and it does not pick up. I did go to the dealer today and two mechanics both listened and could not "hear" what I thought I could! They both know the bike and previous owner. Have been servicing it for years and it has been well maintained. I rode for about 4 hours today and -this is crazy - it "went away"! I believe it will return. It was serviced with 10W50 about 300 miles back and in Sept. 2016. Book calls for 20W40. Grasping for a remedy but might try the lower viscosity???

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Re: 2006 Stratoliner - Transmission noise
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2017, 06:51:16 PM »
By the way - nice in Kentucky today, Southern Maine a destination ahead!

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Re: 2006 Stratoliner - Transmission noise
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2017, 06:54:58 PM »
Whoops - 20W50, not 10W50.

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Re: 2006 Stratoliner - Transmission noise
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2017, 08:37:33 PM »
Hello Rusty.

I wouldn't fret too much on oil weight.  Yamaha no longer sells the 20W40 Yamalube; nobody does.  I couldn't say when I've seen 20W40 in any brand of bike oil.  20w50 is fine, 10w50 is fine, 15w40 is fine (in cool weather).

As long as it's not got friction modifiers in it and there's the right amount of it in the bike, the motor oil ain't the problem.

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Re: 2006 Stratoliner - Transmission noise
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2017, 10:38:57 AM »
Thanks - perhaps I am just hearing new noises for a belt drive / "new" older bike. Seems I am the only one hearing it. I was a mechanic for years and probably being too critical. It is a very comfortable motorcycle.

I am looking forward to the forum!

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Re: 2006 Stratoliner - Transmission noise
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2017, 08:38:27 AM »
Thank you, Zach - I got called for away for a few days (have to work)! I will definitely have a look tomorrow and post. The second link with video would not open - labeled "private" but the first link has all I need.

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Re: 2006 Stratoliner - Transmission noise
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2017, 12:49:47 PM »
Thanks again, Zach.

Drive Pulley nut not loose. I have had several people listen to the motor and only one agrees with me. The Yamaha dealer says all sounds normal. I am going to ride and enjoy, hope I am hearing things.

By the way - for what this is worth - installed new Commander II Michelins - what an improvement over the Bridgestone.

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Re: 2006 Stratoliner - Transmission noise
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2017, 07:07:30 PM »
Rusty, I know 'Liners are not that common.  But do you happen to know anyone that has one to which you could listen, or who could listen to yours?

Perhaps if you could add your location to your profile, you might be close enough to another 'Liner forum member to meet up and compare noises...

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Re: 2006 Stratoliner - Transmission noise
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2017, 05:08:25 PM »
If you are still there, Zach - I just realized I never posted to your suggestion. I have updated my profile.

I do believe the noises I heard were "normal" for the Stratoliner (Yamaha) - It has run like a top without a single glitch from the day I bought it. Cannot imagine riding anything else for quite some time. My Honda VTX just did not have the rattle and Harley's shake so much I couldn't listen! Anyway, the bike is a pleasure and I look forward to working on it through the colder months ahead - in the heated basement!

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Re: 2006 Stratoliner - Transmission noise
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2017, 10:10:06 PM »
Still here off and on--glad you're doing good!

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Re: 2006 Stratoliner - Transmission noise
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2017, 10:12:26 PM »
The sound you're looking for (and hoping to NOT hear) on an older 'Liner will be a "clacking" when decelerating in third gear.