Rattling after hitting RPM limit?
So I may have broke my engine, here's the story:
I was riding home from a movie and was going pretty fast (about 65) in 4th gear. This really fun part of the road was coming up which was just light curves that anyone can turn but I have about 3 months of total experience so it's pretty neato to me. I accelerate and when I hit a little over 70mph, still in 4th gear, my engine kinda jerks back and fourth, stutters a little bit, and refuses to go faster. This doesn't alarm me because I'm pretty sure it's just the rpm limit and I have to go to a higher gear to go faster. I remember the limits from the subsequent gears (29-31 1st, 47 2nd, and 65 3rd). I didn't really know what my rpms were like going around 60 and above however because I can't hear the engine over the noise of the wind. However after I slow down and can hear my engine I hear a rattling sound coming from it. It's pretty loud and frightening to me since I absolutely love my bike and would hate have something horrible happen to it. I pulled over to check if there's anything external that might have come loose but I didn't see anything and I rode home.
So like I said, I'm pretty new to riding with only 3 months of experience. I feel pretty comfortable on my bike and I'm pretty sure I'm shifting properly and I can do what I'm doing easily but I obviously did something wrong here. I usually shift up around when the motorcycle gets not necessarily the loudest but the rpms sound the highest. Now it occurs that I might be doing something pretty stupid. Basically what I know for sure is :
My engine is probably damaged
I'm doing something wrong
The engine light isn't on and my bike didn't feel really any different after I noticed the rattling, but that doesn't necessarily mean my engine isn't damaged. I tried to schedule a time to have my dealer look at my bike right when I got home but they aren't in today (it's sunday) so I'm going to schedule an appointment right when I wake up tomorrow. For now I want to ask all of you three things:
What could be wrong with my bike?
What did I do wrong?
What can I do to fix it?
How should I change my riding style to prevent this in the future?
Also if you need me to, I could probably attach a video with the rattling sound but I don't want to turn on my bike and risk further damage if I don't have to.
Edit: Forgot to mention my bike is the Rebel 300, not the 500.
Last edited by Mentally_Motarded; 03-05-2018 at 06:26 PM.
Reason: Forgot to mention which bike