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    question on clutch/gearbox
    on: Jun 08, 2022, 01.15 am
    Jun 08, 2022, 01.15 am
    Ive owned my 2017 TTSE for a little over a week, and had a question about the " whirring" sound the clutch/gearbox makes when idling in neutral. at first I was concerned that it was the sound of a worn bearing, but the sound has not become any louder. however when pull the clutch lever in the sound stops. is this a normal sound characteristic or the gear box, or something to be concerned about? bike has 14,000 miles. thank you.

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    Re: question on clutch/gearbox
    Reply #1 on: Jun 08, 2022, 03.19 pm
    Jun 08, 2022, 03.19 pm
    Normal and drives me nuts.  Mine, 2015, has done it since new.  I recall there have been other mentions about the same issue posted but can't recall if anyone reached a consensus as to the cause.  For me, it seems if you put pressure on the clutch to "take up the slack" it quiets down even without fully grasping the lever.  I've accepted it as part of the "experience".  :002:
    Now go ride. 

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    Re: question on clutch/gearbox
    Reply #2 on: Jun 09, 2022, 12.04 am
    Jun 09, 2022, 12.04 am
    *Originally Posted by Rick505 [+]
    Normal and drives me nuts.  Mine, 2015, has done it since new.  I recall there have been other mentions about the same issue posted but can't recall if anyone reached a consensus as to the cause.  For me, it seems if you put pressure on the clutch to "take up the slack" it quiets down even without fully grasping the lever.  I've accepted it as part of the "experience".  :002:
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    ok, ill be ok with the sound if its normal lol. thank you for your input!

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    Re: question on clutch/gearbox
    Reply #3 on: Jun 09, 2022, 12.49 am
    Jun 09, 2022, 12.49 am
    I heard that noise too on my 2017 after I bought it used last year with 20K miles on it.  My first thought was : " So this is why it sat on the used bike dealer's floor for two years - what did I get myself into here ? "

    But after I contacted my friend who has a 2013 Explorer XT with the same engine/trans to unload on him,  he said his makes the same sound and hasn't gotten any louder in + 50K miles.

    That was a nice to hear !!

    And I just let another friend listen to the noise and it seems not as loud now, also.  He barely noticed the noise.  The bike ( oil ) was nice and warm after a long ride.  The sound may be a little louder before the oil hasn't warmed up yet.  I'll be checking on that soon.
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    Re: question on clutch/gearbox
    Reply #4 on: Jun 09, 2022, 01.08 am
    Jun 09, 2022, 01.08 am
    great replies! I know some drivetrains are inherently loud. so id rather here this then the other option..... hahaha

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    Re: question on clutch/gearbox
    Reply #5 on: Jun 09, 2022, 01.05 pm
    Jun 09, 2022, 01.05 pm
    If you have a Service Manual,  a pic shows there are 2 shafts that all the various gears are mounted on.  My friend with the 2013 Explorer XT is a service manager/ executive at the VW / Audi headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI and thinks the sound is caused by the gears "rattling" due to the gears moving a bit back & forth when the gearbox is in neutral.  I'll take his word on that.  The important thing is it doesn't seem to get louder over time and when not in neutral, the noise isn't there, or at least I can'thear it then.
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    Re: question on clutch/gearbox
    Reply #6 on: Jun 11, 2022, 05.35 pm
    Jun 11, 2022, 05.35 pm
    Just chiming in to agree with the consensus - my '15 has been making the same sound since new.  And glad to see another Trophy rider in my neck of the woods!
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