Engine, Clutch or Bad Gas?

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    I hardly ever ride my bike so it sits up a lot. I started to notice a funny sound that the bike makes after shifting gears. Sounds like a rusty part or something clanking, howling. However, the Victory shop told me it was bad gas that has set up in the tank. An ethanol problem. Does that sound right? My engine runs strong but I'm wondering if I got bad gas in it.


    Your thoughts and opinionsare appreciated.
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    Forgot to tell you guys it's a 11 Vision 8 Ball
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    I dont see how bad gas can cause a funny noise when you are shifting ... i could be wrong but thats my $.02
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    So here's what my Victory dealer told me that serviced my bike last week. I had tassles that hung from the levers and the clip that was holdingthe tasslesto the levers was preventing the clutch lever from touching the grip thus not fully engaging the clutch and causing some glaze build up on the clutch pads. They said make sure that I run the bike for 3 minutes with clutch lever engagedto get the clutch plateshot and lubed before taking off. Run it like a scalded pig and that noise should go away.


    I will let you guysknow what I find out.
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    Make sure to use gas stabil for extended parked times. Stale gas does really nasty stuff to Victory engines. Check out his write up in the tech section of www.vision-riders.com. Also important for other engines you have that sit like chainsaws, weedwhackers and lawnmowers. Also you can buy old gas at any station. How often does your local station change the filters on their pumps or are they just bypassing the clogged filters?
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    yes if you let your bike sit a lot add Gas Stable or Sea Foam.

    Sorry but get rid of the tassle thing
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    link for stations with Ethanol free gas. I've been using 93 octane ethanol free since September last year. What a difference. My saws, ATV and mower really like it. Can't feela difference in the performance on the bike, but I'm sure the seals and pump are not getting degraded like with Ethaol.
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    If it's a chirping sound or the sound of metal on metal like a dry rear wheel bearing, it's your drive belt. Needs adjustment.

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