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I hear a ticking in my engine while moving. I checked the oil and it is good. You don't hear it when the bike is idling.

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If its only a slight tick under load, probably just the common kawasaki v-twin noise. seems all of them have latters that are unexplainable but never get any worse. mine will be noisy at lower rpm under loads but goes away if i let the rpm go higher in all the gears. best to allow them to run at faster engine speeds as they need lots of oil to keep the overhead cams and hydraulic lifters going. they are not made to lug around.

Posted on Apr 06, 2013


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Have the valves adjusted. A ticking sound on the top end is almost always the valves tapping. I slight ticking sound is normal but if it's been sitting for a while it's good to have them measured anyway.

Posted on Jun 07, 2011

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Yes, the problem is linked to compression getting past the rings. The pressure goes to the gearbox then some oil gets carried out of the box along with the compression. Too much oil in the gearbox makes the problem even worse. You shouldn't need pistons. Chances are the rings are just stuck in the piston ring grooves. Sometimes they can be freed up by the mechanic manipulating them. Often they break when manipulated. It all depends on how badly they are stuck. If a piston is badly scored it needs to be replaced. The scoring can stop the rings from sealing the cylinder. Do this; drain the oil then fill the box to the proper level. Wash the bike to rid it of previous oil spills. Now see if the problem returns after the washing. If the rings are stuck , the bike should be smoking as you start and ride it. Chances are that only the rings will need to be replaced. Any chance you can be there as the mechanic takes the cylinder off? A dishonest shop could bring you a badly scored piston and rings and say they came from your bike when in reality they came from another bike. They free up your rings and charge for new pistons and new rings as if they actually put them in.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011

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SOURCE: 1981 kawasaki 440LTD. Engine oil light stays on.

Well if your oil light is staying lit, but your oil pressure is good and you cant find any problems with the actual oiling of the bike, then this sounds basically like either A.Your sending unit is bad or B. You have a ground in your oil sending unit circuit somewhere. You could always replace the sending unit first to save time shooting the wiring harness.if you replace the unit and the light is still on, then you have a wire touching in the circuit between the sending unit and the warning light. I have an 81 KZ750 and my oil sending unit only has one wire going from it to the warning light and the color of it is Blue with a Red Stripe.I am not sure if yours has the same wiring colors though.

Posted on Aug 02, 2011

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SOURCE: does a 2000 kawasaki vulcan

Synthetic oil is bad for motorcycles. It makes the clutch slip. After changing back to regular oil I would start it, drop it in gear, release the clutch and just wait and see if its able to "wear" off the bad part of the clutch disks. This might take a short bit and be ready for it to suddenly grab and go. If not you might have to have the clutch disks replaced.

Posted on Aug 31, 2011

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