Author 2016 VFR1200X DCT Clutch Noise - Is it common?  (Read 3798 times)

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    2016 VFR1200X DCT Clutch Noise - Is it common?
    on: Oct 03, 2020, 09.07 pm
    Oct 03, 2020, 09.07 pm
    I just put the first 100 miles on a new 2016 VFR1200X DCT and noticed what I believe is the clutch to be making a 'clunk' sound when shifting into higher gears. It is most noticeable shifting into 2nd and becomes progressively less loud in higher gears, completely disappearing by 5th or 6th. Other than this 'clunk' everything else about the shifting seems fine. I like to imagine that this is normal as it doesn't seem entirely unreasonable that it should do this. But as I will be lucky to have enough miles on it to accomplish the first break-in service before winter hits and the 1 year warranty will expire before I am likely to ride it in the Spring, I thought I'd try to solicit some experienced opinions here. I would appreciate any insights anyone might care enough to provide.

    Thanks for reading. - Mino

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    Re: 2016 VFR1200X DCT Clutch Noise - Is it common?
    Reply #1 on: Oct 04, 2020, 10.25 am
    Oct 04, 2020, 10.25 am
    I just passed 100.000 km a month ago (2014 model) and mine still clunks from 1st to second. Also putting it in 1st is like throwing a kitchen chair with metal legs in the air and let it land on all fours. BMW also has this. Yours is DCT, mine is a manual.

    I never owned a new motorcycle with less than 11K on the clock, so I'm guessing the break in periode might sound different, or louder? The gears haven't worn yet.

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    Re: 2016 VFR1200X DCT Clutch Noise - Is it common?
    Reply #2 on: Oct 04, 2020, 11.26 am
    Oct 04, 2020, 11.26 am
    Morning Mino,

    I have a newly registered DCT (not sure exactly what year it is TBH, I think 2017/18 maybe). Anyhow I have just gone over 500 miles myself and just done the first oil change. Mine is exactly the same as yours. Bit of a clunk into D first thing but after that it's pretty smooth/seamless. Like you, you hear the clacking of the gears changing over more than you feel anything and in higher gears nothing (due to wind noise etc). When you have a few more miles on maybe try the DCT reset that many on here recommend. I might try it myself one of the days. No doubt if I am wrong others will pipe up but I don't think you have anything to worry about.

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    Re: 2016 VFR1200X DCT Clutch Noise - Is it common?
    Reply #3 on: Oct 04, 2020, 12.07 pm
    Oct 04, 2020, 12.07 pm
    Mino,

    29000  miles on mine, as jfro says, i have the clunk into 1st (pretty much like a manual bike) then you can occasionally hear it change with a light clunk at slowwer speeds but very rarely actually feel it.

    Your bike sounds fine to me. Enjoy.


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    Re: 2016 VFR1200X DCT Clutch Noise - Is it common?
    Reply #4 on: Oct 04, 2020, 01.39 pm
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    I've had three Honda DCT bikes, two currently in the stable.   My wife's CTX has the 2nd generation (I believe) and the other two had 3rd generation DCT.   Each have had behaved this way from time to time. I don't know if that indicates "normal" but tons of miles and no issues.  Seems to be more noticeable with light to moderate acceleration.  Hope that helps. 

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    Re: 2016 VFR1200X DCT Clutch Noise - Is it common?
    Reply #5 on: Oct 08, 2020, 06.02 am
    Oct 08, 2020, 06.02 am
    Thanks to everyone above, sorry for taking so long to get back. I appreciate the confirmation that what I am experiencing seems to be within the normal range of everyone's experience. I put a little over 100 miles today, everything seems fine. I'll see what happens after the break-in service/oil change. I'm having trouble finding the DCT reset procedure, have found many references to it but I'll look for it more sometime before too long. If anyone has a link to the exact  URL/Page to the procedure itself I would very much appreciate you're assistance. Right now I've found an issue with brakes I need to look into. I'll get it all sorted out one way or another. Love the bike, the ride and the automatic shifting. :-)

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    Re: 2016 VFR1200X DCT Clutch Noise - Is it common?
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    Re: 2016 VFR1200X DCT Clutch Noise - Is it common?
    Reply #7 on: Oct 13, 2020, 12.08 am
    Oct 13, 2020, 12.08 am
    I have a solid clunk going into first and a light clutch rattle at a stop.  Not near a dry clutch but more than some wet clutches.  Depending on speed throttle etc there may or may not be a bit of a "not quite a clunk" gear change.  On the throttle accelerating it's smooth, it seems light loads, maybe a light throttle on as it gears down.  Different but not enough for me to worry.  I love the DCT.

     



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