loud clunk when starting
I've been waiting to post this until I had a dealer check it out, but my 10 wide glide makes a helluva clunk sound when I start her up. It doesnt happen all the time, but the greater majority of the time it does. Sometimes it's just a single clunk, other times it's like it's struggling to "grab" and turn over.
There doesnt seem to be a pattern of colder vs warmer weather, cold vs warm motor, fuel level, on jiffy stand or upright, in neutral or in gear, hold down starter button until after it starts or let off as soon as it turns over.
The service writer at the dealer said it was probably skipping teeth in the starter gearing, then catching the next spot- thus creating the noise. However, when the tech looked at it, he apparently couldn't find any problems. Also NOT surprisingly, despite making the sound when I took it in and explained the problem, the tech couldn't duplicate it.
I haven't been able to talk to the shop manager yet, but I guess there's a "more technical" explanation for the sound...
My "technical explanation" is that something isn't right, and they didn't have any answers. I have an EXTREMELY hard time believing that the starter would make a loud clunk, or repeated clunking, like I'm trying to describe. The bike is 3 weeks owned as of 04/16, there's nearly 600 miles on it, and has done it pretty much since day 1. No mods.
I'm planning to take it to a different dealer, but I'm interested to hear ideas so I can go to them with a little more info than "this doesn't sound right on a new bike". It runs great when it's on, but the clunk is definitely worrying me. Beyond that, how bad does it look for me to have this beautiful new bike that sounds like $#!+ just trying to start?!?!?!
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