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    My bike keeps making a clicking sound...

    I am a new rider who just purchased a brand new Honda Rebel 500 last weekend. The few times I've ridden my bike, it makes a clicking sound after I brake and begin to accelerate. Today, I thought the bike was about to stall out as I kept revving the throttle, but it stopped once I got the speed up a bit faster.

    Since the bike is new and I'm not very experienced, I'm pretty sure I'm the problem here, and my bike is doing just fine. Can someone tell me what I might be doing wrong?

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    Clicking? Or chattering like it's in too high of a gear for the speed you're going?

    Are you downshifting as you slow down to match the gear to your speed?

    If it's doing it when you just release the throttle then re-apply the throttle to speed up you may be in too high of a gear for the speed you're travelling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by incubus98345 View Post
    I am a new rider who just purchased a brand new Honda Rebel 500 last weekend. The few times I've ridden my bike, it makes a clicking sound after I brake and begin to accelerate. Today, I thought the bike was about to stall out as I kept revving the throttle, but it stopped once I got the speed up a bit faster.

    Since the bike is new and I'm not very experienced, I'm pretty sure I'm the problem here, and my bike is doing just fine. Can someone tell me what I might be doing wrong?
    So is this a ticking noise on a nearly new machine and it only manifests when the rear wheel is under harder acceleration forces?

    If yes; things I would inspect Immediately: Is your axle tight / still look aligned straight?
    are sprocket bolts all intact and is your chain tension correct

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    Is it possible this is just normal chain noise?

    If you don't have a knowledgeable friend who can check it out for you, I'd be tempted to bring it back to the dealer and ask them to have a listen. You've just spent several thousand dollars, they should be willing to take a minute to listen to you ride around the parking lot.

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    Your motorcycle has many components which are loaded in one direction when braking and then the opposite direction when accelerating. It could be something as minor as the front brake pads shifting in the caliper (maybe annoying, but not serious), to mis-adjusted steering head bearings (potentially hazardous). It is worth having someone knowledgeable do a test ride.

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    At the very least, it's a new bike...with a new bike warranty. Take it to the dealership and see what they say about it.

    New bikes ship partially disassembled, so it is entirely possible one of the "shop boys" didn't get something right when putting the front end together after it was un-crated.
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