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on the side stand at idle..that could be in the trans.mine jumped into gear one time while idling on the side stand.just once so far.
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Check your chain guard too.

Maybe all of your tinware.

Is it possibly coming from near the generator area ?
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Unfortunately this random rattle can occur with the bike sitting on the side stand in the garage. It's even made the noise as the engine is shutting down.
All exhaust clamps snug?
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1969 bike and only one intermittent rattle, if it bug you that much you can give me that rattler and I'll enjoy it with a mile wide grin.
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So far I've already looked into the previous suggestions except the transmission. It shifts like it should and doesn't pop out of gear. The oil drained from trans/primary was clean and void of any particles. rejeanprimeau I guarantee if you were to ride it you would have way more than a smile.
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I was just chasing a rattle on my 77 xlh, intermittent also, well finally found it, damn rear fender is cracked behind the oil bag, put a couple layers of duct tape over it and rattle was gone hahahah I'll weld it up and repaint this winter along with a bunch of other maintenance she needs.
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I was just chasing a rattle on my 77 xlh...
You should inspect how that rear fender is installed as the correct technique is often missed.

You need the bracket and the buffer...
59795-52A rear fender front bracket with buffer
59798-52 rear fender rubber buffer

The fender is mounted only with the top bolts - no bolts are used in the two big holes at the bottom-front of the rear fender.
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You should inspect how that rear fender is installed as the correct technique is often missed.

You need the bracket and the buffer...
59795-52A rear fender front bracket with buffer
59798-52 rear fender rubber buffer

The fender is mounted only with the top bolts - no bolts are used in the two big holes at the bottom-front of the rear fender.
10 years ago when I built the bike I painted the rear fender, you are right, those parts are not there.
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In a worst case scenario, It could be the rollers going away. They will be silent for a while and then start tinking as a roller is destroyed, then more quiet, then more tinking. You should see sparklers in the engine oil not primary.
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dam ,,that sux,s,,,humm..i might have a bit of that going on
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