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    Hello I have a 2011 V Star 250. I pick this bike up used with less then 3k miles on it. I’ve noticed a clicking or kind of chattering sound while the bike is running it doesn’t matter if it’s cold or hot the faster you go the louder the noise gets unfortunately where I live at right now all of the shops are booked up six weeks or longer and I’m just trying to figure out where this noise is coming from and how hard it’s going to be to fix it. I do have a short video of a walk around the bike while it’s running it does seem to be coming from the front part of the motor towards the front tire Unfortunately I have tried posting a video and it just tells me it won’t let it

  • #2
    Maybe the playing card and clothes pin in the front wheel spokes is loose! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Though we all ride large displacement Roadstars with a totally different engine, maybe someone here has experience with that bike. That’s an overhead cam engine isn’t it? Maybe it is coming from the valves or cam chain. When did it last run well and what was done to it since then?

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    • #3
      probably the rockers clicking. a few years ago I had a brand new Vstar 650 and it had a valve (rocker) clatter right out of the box. Our Roadstars also have a valve clatter. I'm thinking it is the nature of the star design. listen down by the valve cover. If that is where it is coming from then my assumption is correct. Just ride on. check the oil and change the oil at the recommended intervals and you will be fine.

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      • #4
        My vstar 650 is noisy too... If it feels good power-wise it is likely fine. I would first do about 2 OZ seafoam in the oil... Run it hard for 20-30 miles and then a completeoil and filter change using a quality synthetic oil appropriate for your engine and see if that helps.
        LET'S RIDE

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        • #5
          https://www.google.com/search?q=vsta...hrome&ie=UTF-8

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          • #6
            Gave an oil change as soon as I got the bike I put in the recommended oil 10 W 40 didn’t change the clicking any at all and that does sound about where the clicking is that I’m wondering if maybe if I run a Little heavier oil if it might quiet it down a little

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            • davej
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              you can try 20/50 but you will probably always hear a little noise

          • #7
            Use a stethoscope to narrow down where it's actually coming from. Could it be an exhaust leak?

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            • #8
              If you have a windshield, tapper noise is magnified.

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              • #9
                I will try the T-scope. And no no windshield

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                • #10
                  i had a 2000 V-star 1100 cc for 15 years. There was tapping noise in the engine when i 1st had her at 13,200 km , i asked some of the vetren guys in the group about it and they said it was they valves but mine was not bad enough for adjustment. They said you will know because it will get loud enough that you wont be able to put up with it. Anyway , sold it this summer with 84,000 km and never did have anything done with the valves. Bike ran like a top .

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