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Clicking sound There is a clicking sound that sound like it may be coming from the left side of my bike. I can't tell if it's coming from the motor or drive train. I think drive train? It starts after the bike warms up. It only happens when the clutch is engaged. When I pull in the clutch it goes away. It is a 98 Shadow Aero vt1000.

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  • CANNEHDIAN Apr 19, 2009

    my 98 vt 1100 c3 shadow aero makes this clicking noise as well , I have read that it is common but have not read about the cause or remedy for it

  • tombones May 11, 2010

    Ride the bike in whatever gear the noise is loudest or most frequent in. Go slow, 5 to 10 mph. Is the click a regular rate or a variable and intermittant rate?

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Check the gear shift lever. If it moves in and out from the housing this may be your sound. I had this problem. To fix it remove the lever and install a rubber buffer, I made one from a piece of plastic hose of the right diameter. This will prevent the lever from moving in and out but not up and down.

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