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Here's my problem. there is a whining coming from directly below my gas tank/ motor. when the motor is on or off and the thing is ROLLING, it does not make this noise when it's idling sitting still... only on the move it makes the whining noise,(it's not a grinding/vibration/jerky... anything like that) it's just a noisy as hell whine, now when i engage the clutch all the way it makes it, when it's disengaged it makes it, but at various points when i squeeze the clutch in and let it out, that noise will go away but obviously i can't ride with the cluth three quarters of the way engaged all the time... have you heard of this before if so what are my options? it's a 1997 sportster 1200c

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    wd4ity Oct 15, 2010

    Are you saying it makes this noise when the engine is OFF and you are rolling the bike? This sounds like something in the transmission. Have you checked your primary fluid level. The primary fluid also lubricates your transmission. Let me know.




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You need to get local help from someone with HD experience. My guess is that you will need to investigate that area of the transmission and look carefully at thrust washers, bearings etc which may reveal a cause. Look at any HD forums or owners clubs in your area. It may be a common thing that's easily fixed. A workshop manual would be a start to show you what to expect.

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Bleed your slave cylinder on the sprocket cover and refill the hydraulic fluid. If you have any leaks you will get air in the system and it will not fully disengage the clutch. As for the 750, they have cable clutches and you just need to adjust the slack of the cable.

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also taking off outer cover and checking that the bots holding the clutch are all tight wouldnt hurt

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Had this same problem with my wife's 2004 XL1200C. Took it to the dealer and they discovered the batt cable was just a little loose. They tightened it and we've had no problems with that since...that was 2 yrs ago.

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You probably have warped steel plates. When you change clutches you should always change both plates and springs. You could also have weak springs.

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