Training Wheel Hero
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: columbia SC
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ticking at idle/rough idle?
ugh I got this bike tuesday...2004, 14k miles.
when its cold there is a light ticking.. not perfectly rhythmic... it doesn't sound like the injectors and doesnt entirely go away as it warms up...it does seem to be less noisy when its at operating temp. i say less noisy but it isnt ever really "noisy" but you can def. hear it.
I snugged up the exhaust manifold bolts, also has good gas in it. to me it sounds like the lifter tick when an engine has low oil... but the oil level is fine. that or the faint tick of a loose spark plug.
the rough idle is more of a RrrRrRrrrrrrRrrRrrrrrrRrr (for lack of a better description) also translates to tach fluctuations +/- 50 rpm....its not terrible...doesn't seem to affect the over-all performance in any way. plenty of power and sounds beautiful when on the road.
raise the rpm and the sound either gets covered up by engine noise or it just goes away... the more I type the more I think its valve related..
This is my first bike so I might just be paranoid that I bought a piece of junk... I might be listening too hard but the ticking does exist and it bothers me :/ some if this stuff may just be normal...might not.
Just wondering if this is a known issue..