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Noise when in 5th gear

Iíve been ridding my 2009 C50 for a couple of yrs and Iíve always used a full helmet. I just got a half helmet and now Iím hearing things that I didnít hear before. Iím now noticing when I shift into 5 th gear I hear a funny noise that sounds like itís coming from the front of the bike, but when I cut the throttle the noise stops. Also if Iím doing say 40 mph in 4 th gear I donít hear that noise as much, but if I keep it at 40 mph and shift into 5 th gear the noise is more pronounced. I maintain my bike very well, and change my oil and filter every 1000 miles, I use Valvoline 4 stroke motorcycle oil, and K&N oil filters. The valves were adjusted just last yr, and thereís only a few thousand miles on it since the valves were adjusted. Other than that noise, the bike is running great, it now has 31,657 miles on it. Could this be that 5 th gear complaint Iíve read so much about?
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Try some higher octane fuel.

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Put the full face helmet back on
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Keep riding with the half helmet and you won’t hear much at all! 🤣🤣🤣

Sounds like you are lugging your engine. If you are shifting into 5th before 60-65mph then you are probably hearing the engine lugging.
Not good for your engine at all.
I have a modded drive and I don’t shift into 5th until around 65-70mph, before the drive I shifted into 5th around 55-60mph.
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It might be gear train noise you are hearing. The primary drive on the C50 is gears. If you hear noise when pulling or letting off, it is likely the primary gear set you are hearing. I had two C50's an 05 & 09 the 09 had more drive train noise than the 05. I also had the DJ drive on the C50's. Those bikes also had a fair degree of piston slap that I didn't care for but you don't hear that as much at speed in top gear. I ride with a full face and could hear the above noises. The FJR I have also has straight cut primary gears and the noise from it bugs me to a degree. The 2016 and up FJR models have 6 speeds and a slipper clutch but use the same straight cut (noisy) gears. The 09 1700 Roadstar I had uses a chain primary drive belt final drives. A nice quiet drive line.

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